Mr. Bass’s Fourth-Graders, hitting the trail.


Climbing up toward Picacho Peak.


A surprise visit up at the rock shelf from SFCT Board Member George Strickland and his dog Stella.


Stella makes some new friends from Camino Real Academy.


Mr. Bass’s class with parents and grandparents who came along for the trip, up at the high point of the hike. Nice view in the background!


Headed back down, still smiling!


Mr. Bass and CIS Coordinator Shawna Jones.


A “bonus” visit to Two-Mile Pond offers a chance to see some other kinds of plants and animals, including some ducks that overheard the kids approaching and swam for cover.

Our third field trip with Camino Real Academy Students was another bilingual group, Mr. Bass’s Fourth graders – 23 kids, five or six parents or grandparents, Mr. Bass and Miss (now Mrs.) Jones.  There was some trailhead excitement right off the bat as we encountered a snake – not a dangerous one and certainly not a threat since it was no longer alive.  We made it up to the rock shelf below Picacho Peak and back down in record time, leaving enough time before noon to explore The Nature Conservancy’s trail to the pond that used to be Two-Mile Reservoir.  That was a bonus at the end of another fun visit to our beautiful foothill trails.


Walking along the historic hydro-power ditch.