Rick’s book gives good information about Chiricahua NM on pgs. 78-80, as part of SST #5.
Before the kids arrived by van from Tucson we enjoyed a quiet morning in camp.
Things picked up by noon with a visit to the Visitor Center, group photo at the entrance sign, lunch and setting up camp. They also had plenty of time to be kids, exploring the creek bed and campsites. A lot of these kids have never been camping or spent much time in nature, so the photography angle is as much about taking pictures, as getting outside.
Kids hanging out
Late afternoon we, 13 kids and 5 other adults, drove up the 8 mile road for a sunset hike to Sugarloaf Lookout. The hike is 1.9 miles round trip with about a 500 foot elevation gain. All made it to the top with plenty of time to set their cameras for sunset lighting. My photos -
An added treat was a full moon to guide us back down in the dark. As a volunteer I took the option of excusing myself from dinner preparation and evening activities and took it easy at my campsite, with my husband.
On Sunday morning, after helping the kids pack up the camping gear, we headed back up the road for a hike in the Echo Canyon Grottos. The hike is not long, a little over 1 mile round trip, with lots of rock scrambling opportunities. It was fun to watch the kids explore while snapping lots of photos.
Echo Canyon Grottos
By 1PM we were back at the parking lot and the kids were on their way back to Tucson. We took advantage of a quiet afternoon and evening, with perfect weather and plenty of birds to enjoy the area.
Common Poorwill, heard