We ended up spending more time then we meant to at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and I just wish I had more time to look about!
It’s a combined zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden that has living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert region. I didn’t have much time before I needed to be at the airport so we did a quick tour.
The best part of the trip for me was the hummingbird aviary, the cat area and seeing the javelinas (related to feral pigs). The hummingbirds were my favorite though. There were several species in the exhibit and the birds were obviously used to humans. They just flirted with the camera, played with each other and had us dodging so we wouldn’t hurt them if they ran into us. It was a blast. We even got to see a hummingbird nest!
Unfortunately I did have a flight to catch so we had to hightail it out of there. My last trip in Arizona was also the shortest. We stopped at El Tiradito, a Tucson historical landmark where visitors write wishes on a piece of paper that they then stuff into little crevices in a wall. I’m hoping my wish comes true-I’ll let you know when (hopefully) it does but not a minute before.
The flight from Tucson went well (although perhaps not for the toddler riding with me). I’m now at the Houston airport waiting to board the plane to Little Rock. Unfortunately, it’s been delayed an hour. Still, I have the latest book in the Stephanie Plum series so I’m set for the wait.
So, we were locked out of our hotel room when we got back to Hotel Tucson tonight. Our keys refused to work, and finally maintenance had to come help us out. The guy ended up visiting us a second time after we learned the hotel staff had failed to replace our non working hair dryer that actually would smoke if turned on. Needless to say we know have a working hairdryer. Yay!
We headed to Saguaro National Park once we got back to Tucson. It was still raining but the sights were amazing! I’m used to parks with hundreds of trees as far as the eye can see. If you replace the forests with cactus, then you have this park. It was neat, but different.
I knew there were different types of cactus and that they grew pretty high, however, it really never registered until this trip. By the way, I have never traveled this far to the west before.
We found the perfect for sunrise tomorrow while leaving the park. Our waitress on Friday night had told us to get on Speedway and follow it on out, and we should have taken her advise. We left the park and followed Speedway roughly 15 miles into town and we plan to go back in the morning to watch the sun come up.
Today wore us out. We ended up eating left overs along with deserts from Whole Foods. I ended the day packing, during which I fell asleep. My aunt had to wake me up to finish clearing off my bed. I can say I was able to pack my all my new items into the already full luggage. I am only leaving behind a post card for my aunt to mail to me (a tradition when I go someplace new) as well as some jelly and sauce that I bought as gifts since it was all made in Arizona. Not bad at all.
A marriage proposal marked the entrance of our arrival in Tucson. The flight from Houston was slightly uncomfortable with the plane being hot and stinky. We were also bounced out of our seats during bad weather. Still, we made it.
Last night we went to Casa Molina for dinner. It was a Mexican restaurant that was adorable and easily had some of the best food ever. The only problem was that the portions were huge. I had to take two thirds back to the hotel for dinner tonight.
Today, we went driving to watch the sunrise at A Mountain, however, it hadn’t opened yet so we went driving around instead. Lol, I got so excited about the sights that I forgot I was next to a cactus. I ended up with a couple of needles in the bottom of my jeans. Ouch!
We then headed to see 4-month old lion cubs at Reid Park Zoo. The three cubs are being introduced to their dad. It was cool to see the playful lion cubs in person and the male lion kept walking right in front of us – I could have touches him if there was not glass separating us- as if we were lunch. It was also cute seeing three giraffes who were quite hungry.
We headed an hour away to Tumacacori National Park next for a local Hispanic festival and to shop at Santa Cruz Gift Shop, Chili Products, Spices and Everything Nice. We took advantage of it to buy ornaments made out of cactus for gifts, watch folkloric dances and singing, as well as try the local cuisine. I had a chili taco, which was a little too hot for me. It was good though and my Dr. Pepper helped take off the heat. We had a churro- I think I might be getting the name wrong-for desert. It was like a cinnamon twist with Carmel in the middle.
It’s now 3:55 p.m. and we are headed back to Tucson. The rain has finally caught up to us, but we’re determined to go see Saguaro National Park, the west district, next. Hopefully the rain will end by the time we get there.
I haven’t been able to upload pictures yet, but I will soon!
I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.