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Finding Adventure in Your Backyard

Seven-Falls-Bear-Canyon-Tucson-ArizonaIn today’s economic climate, not all baby boomers have money in their budget for travel. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find adventure. Why not look in your own backyard?

Of course some areas of the world are more blessed with natural attractions than others. Such is the case in Tucson, Arizona. Last week I met two gal pals for a hike to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon located in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area of Coronado National Forest. Entrance fee is $5/day per vehicle but if you own a National Parks Pass, you will get in without paying more.

Ok, I admit it. We took the easy way out and skipped the approximately 2-mile hike to the trailhead opting for a $4 shuttle ride instead. Our faces smeared with sunscreen, water bottles in hand, we were geared up for a desert adventure.

From the trailhead, the round-trip moderate hike to Seven Falls is about 5 miles. It winds up and down the saguaro studded ridges of Bear Canyon with several stream crossings. Melting snow from the Catalina Mountains meant the water was flowing so we picked our way carefully hopping from rock to rock. At Seven Falls, a couple of hearty hikers were swimming in the pools cradled among the rocks. All seven of the waterfalls were in action, streaming down the steep desert landscape. On the return trip, we passed a number of University of Arizona students hiking in for a sunny spring break day.

This adventure lasted about 5 hours, leaving us energized for more. The best part? Although we were in suburban Tucson, once on the trail, wilderness surrounded us.

No matter where you live, there’s something to do. Can’t think of anything? Looking for a bargain? Cities on the Cheap lists entertainment bargains in cities across North America and beyond, including Tucson.

If you’re a baby boomer stay-at-home, tell us about your backyard adventures! Come join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook. Or send us an email with your thoughts.

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