I absolutely love trail running!!!!! I wish I lived closer to more trails. Dixie and I did a little trail run on the David Yetman trail today. It is in the Tucson Mountain Park (West Tucson). We ran around 7 miles. The Yetman trail is a combo of flat, rocky, and hilly single-track, and sandy/rocky wash running. Beautiful! There are large saguaro cactuses everywhere.
A little over a mile in on the trail is the 'Stone House'. It has no roof, but it has the remains of two old fireplaces.
I'm still not used to Tucson Mountain Park - there are so many trails in - I tend to get lost a lot! I even have a map, but there are so many offshoots that mountain bikers have created that aren't on the map. I just go with the flow, run around a lot, and eventually find my trail back to the trail head. Looking around doesn't help, because everything looks the same! I don't worry about getting too lost - I always remember the general direction back.
I would have run longer, but I had Dixie with me and it was really heating up. Also, I ran 12+ miles yesterday up in the Foothills (hilly) area near Swan/Sunrise with Nancy, Sue, and Sheryl. We saw a pack of javelina (with babies - so cute) but my camera was dead, so no pictures. These gals aren't trail runners, so we just run road. I really enjoy running with them, so it is a good trade-off. I was craving a trail run, though, so that's why I headed out today!
The Sonoran desert is so beautiful. I can't wait for it to cool off a little - it should be soon. Doesn't seem to slow me down too much, though!