Now that we’ve officially hit the Spring Equinox, it’s the perfect time to make plans for all those extra daylight hours you’ll have on your hands. Here’s 5 ideas for what to do with all that extra time.
Get Out and Hike!
Extra sun means extra elevation. Start bagging some of those bigger hikes and peaks you didn’t have the time for in that winter darkness. Hikes like Wassan Peak and Tumamoc are great hikes that give you some good elevation and views. Warming weather also means you can start hitting some of the hikes higher up on Mt. Lemmon like the Butterfly Trail. Just don’t get too close to these prickly guys!
Start a Garden
Take advantage of your brighter evenings by starting a garden, or planting in one you already have. Here is a list of fruits and veggies to plant in the Tucson region in April!
- Bush Beans
- Pole Beans
- Some varieties of Peas
- Summer Squash
- Some varieties of Tomatoes (better as transplants in April)
- Sweet Potatoes
Mountain Bike or Rock Climb
Since mountain biking and rock climbing usually require a commute, it can be hard to get out in the winter months. Tucson is a mecca of both activities and has countless bike trails and climbing routes to explore in just about every direction. Check out Mountain Project forTucson Climbing Routes or Mountain Bike Project for trails!
Go for a Swim
More sunlight and warming temps also mean its getting closer to pool season! Tucson is a great place for relaxing in the waters and offers a number of public pools to choose from. Check out the City of Tucson’s official list of pools and splash pads for some locations near you!
Help Out in Your Community
Finally, it’s always good to dedicate some of that extra time to helping out your communities and the lands in which you play. Volunteer in a community garden or go cut out some invasive Bufflegrass. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get to know more about where you live.
Your Ironwood Tree Experience Team