So it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but here’s a quick digest of the last few weeks. First, I went to Saguaro National Park and Tumacácori National Historical Park with Parks in Focus. And, of course, there was the dance showcase on Valentine’s Day, the Tucson Rodeo, and the freak snow this past Friday.
The PIF trip to Saguaro was a lot of fun. There are actually two parts to the park on the east and west ends of Tucson. Previously, I had been to the west part of the park, but this trip took me to the eastern section. We hiked down into the Cactus forest and were able to take some great pictures before having lunch and doing a Saguaro scavenger hunt. I had a lot of fun with the kids and also learned some facts about saguaros.
On Valentine’s Day, I attended a show at the Stevie Eller Dance Theater on campus where they were presenting “Dances from the Heart.” The entire show was amazing, but it also featured two performances (“Among the Stars” by Jessica Lang and “Na Floresta” by Nacho Duato) which had never before been performed by a college group. “Among the Stars” was definitely my favorite; it told the Japanese story of Tanabata about two lovers who are separated by the Milky Way and only allowed to see each other for one night a year.
Last Saturday, I went on another PIF trip to Tumacácori, which is one of my favorite National Parks. The park is based around an old Spanish mission established by Father Kino. It includes the orchard and a short trail out to the Santa Cruz River, which I think is a river only in terms of the Sonoran Desert (at least at Tumacacori). While there with the kids, we broke up into groups to complete Padre Kino’s Quest in which the kids explore different parts of the park and solve tasks to uncover secret codes that allow them to open a box and get a stamp on their booklet. These include learning to make masa, identifying plants in the orchard, and balancing scales in the storehouse. It was a lot of fun, and the weather was perfect.
The next day, I went to the Tucson Rodeo with the dorm’s faculty fellow and a few other students. Like last year, it was fantastic, and this year we knew what kinds of food were available and thus loaded up on gorditas, ribbon fries, funnel cake, and churros. Basically, it was an awesome day.
In a sharp change in the weather, we woke up Friday morning to see snow falling over campus. Classes weren’t cancelled, but they were much smaller than normal. Snowmen popped up all over campus, and everyone had fun despite the cold. How often do you see cacti covered in snow after all?
So basically, February was a busy month, but also a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to posting another blog after spring break.
Until next time ~