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Jan 6, 2024 - 9:02:27 AM
422 posts since 6/3/2016

The Southwest Old Time String Band Gathering (SWOT Gathering) is approaching, Feb. 29 -- Mar. 3, 2023, in Tucson, AZ! This is an informal jam party for players.

https://swotgathering.com/

This is all outdoors and it is a small event by design. Last year attendance was just about right given the size of the campground. I live close enough that I have not camped in the past. But my wife and I bought a small travel trailer, so I plan to camp this year.

The February 29 start date may sound scary. The event is always the first full weekend in March.

Edited by - RinconMtnErnie on 01/06/2024 09:03:06

Jan 6, 2024 - 3:01:23 PM
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874 posts since 6/11/2019

Hope you have fun! The weather is great. If I remember, PGA is even playing there in Feb.

Used to live close to Bear Canyon and Snyder. I remember driving Snyder towards Catalina Hwy at night, one time seeing a Mtn Lion crossing, then another time a bear. Javelinas in the yard all the time.

The year I left, they were relocating all the saguaro's to build the golf course--AZ National?. Used to mountain bike all over that place. It was a wilderness back then. Time passes on.

Sorry, not much to add to promote the event. Just reminiscing about the location.

Jan 6, 2024 - 9:32 PM

422 posts since 6/3/2016

Scott,

Thanks for your reminiscing about the location! If you were still at Bear Canyon and Snyder, you'd be 6 miles from the camp on Sabino Canyon Road along Tanque Verde Wash.

I live near the Rincon Mountains (Saguaro National Park East), hence my user name. We get a lot of critters, though not mountain lions or bears. Those would be a problem. We get bobcats regularly, and certainly javelina. We get small herds pretty much every day. Coincidentally, I had my closest physical encounter ever today. I was walking to our exterior garage and was surprised by a lone javelina. That's not unusual, so I kept walking as I expected it to bolt as they usually do. But instead it came up to me nervously, like it wanted bird seed or something. I've had many javelina encounters over the years and have never had one come up to me before. I've seen them fight, so I know not to get too close. But I was so surprised by this behavior that I let it get closer than I probably should have. I won't let it happen again as they need to stay afraid of people.

If you lived Bear Canyon and Snyder before AZ National golf course was built, then that must have been 30 years ago! I've been in Tucson for something like 28.5 years.

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