Ramsey Canyon Preserve/ Bad Manners (9.4.10)

On Saturday, Sean, Micheal and I headed out on another day trip. This time, we drove to Sierra Vista, which is about an hour and a half south of Tucson. Before we set off on our journey, we decided to have breakfast at Crudo, which just may have been one of the best possible decisions we’ve ever made. It was impeccable. Alexa joined us for breakfast, and we dropped her off at her car before we hit the road.

After breakfast, we began our drive south and went to visit Ramsey Canyon Preserve because Sean and I saw a photograph in his Arizona guidebook that we thought looked like a nice place to visit. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into until we were there. We rolled the windows down and were shocked to discover that the weather was absolutely perfect. Once there, one of the guides told us that the spot was quite remarkable due to the fact that it lies at the converging point of four separate ecological systems: the Sierra Madre Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, the Sonoran desert, and Chihuahuan desert. The confluence of these environments creates a spectacular micro climate, and a creek that flows year round.

We hiked through the preserve, to a vantage point that offers an incredible view over the valley. It was remarkable, and indescribably enjoyable.

After the hike, we headed to Tucson, and Sean and I went and got dinner while Micheal went to go and visit his grandmother for a while. Once he was done, we picked him up and then went to Club Congress, a venue in Tucson, in order to attend a show. It was the 25th year anniversary show for Club Congress, but we were there specifically to see Bad Manners! We arrived and discovered, to our collective disappointment, that Bad Manners weren’t due to start their set until midnight. It was 9PM at the time, and upon walking in the door, we spotted some people we knew, speaking to none other than the inimitable Buster Bloodvessel! I introduced myself and we spoke for a few minutes; he was extremely pleasant. 🙂 With hours to go until the entertainment of interest, we decided that they very best option would be to drink to pass the time. We late discovered that re-entry was allowed, and armed with this knowledge, we went to wander around downtown Tuscon for a while to pass the time. A bit shy of midnight, we headed back to the venue, and waited another hour until Bad Manners took the stage. They played for an hour, and it was an hour of aural heaven. Bad Manners remain one of my favorite live acts, which is saying something given the number of shows I’ve attended in my years. I danced and danced and danced, and my legs were sore for days due to a combination of exertion from hiking and dancing. The boys each came and shared the dancefloor, which was wonderful.


Sean, looking cherubic (per usual)

Dear internets, this is Michael, the boyfriend. 🙂

Just hangin’ out on the big rock.

Checking out the waterfall.

Wasn’t that spectacular?? We thought so.

Buster Bloodvessel!

It was such a good show…

So, the show didn’t let out until 2am, and then we had to drive home! We didn’t get back to Michael’s until 4am, and poor Sean decided he was going to drive back to his house instead of crashing on the couch. So, we all had a long, exhausting, fulfilling day, and in short, what I’m telling you, is that it was yet another perfect day. I seem to have a lot of those these days. Life is good.


2 responses to “Ramsey Canyon Preserve/ Bad Manners (9.4.10)

  1. Cherubic is exactly how I would describe Sean.

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