Named after the well-known Tucson desert expert, who, for many years, has hosted the popular PBS series, “The Desert Speaks,” the David Yetman Trail is a 6.5-mile one-way hike in the Tucson Mountain Park just west of the city. It is characterized by a diversity of Sonoran Desert plants and rugged mountain vistas.

SaddleBrooke hikers visited the trail on Friday, January 5. Along the way, the group encountered many bears—Teddy Bear Chollas, that is. Even though these plants look huggable, as Walt found out, they are a cactus that keeps on giving. Their tiny spines seem to reach out for those passing by and cling relentlessly.

Near the end of the hike they found the iconic landmark ruin of the Sherry Bowman House. The structure was built of native stone in the 1930’s. Sherry served as the news editor for the Arizona Daily Star until 1943, when the family moved to New York. Sherry’s wife, Ruby, kept a diary of her time there, which describes the wildlife that existed in the area, including Javelina, deer, wild horses and sheep that would come down from the cliffs to graze in the valley. She even mentions a mountain lion that would approach the house when she cooked meat. One time, it even tried to get in the window!

As the hikers enjoyed a fashionably late lunch at the house, they reminisced about what it must have been like to live in such an isolated location in that time and commute each day into Tucson.


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