This week we really took a good look at what we hadn’t done and what we really wanted to do. There are so many great places to visit we could easily have spent another month!
This is the view we had most days coming down from the foothills into
We had delicious vegan meals at a restaurant Julie told us about called Lovin’ Spoonfuls. It’s a small operation but had room for about 40 people. (The owner was the cashier the night we went and I was able to talk to her about the ingredients in the dishes.)
Hikes: (The temperatures have risen to the mid 80's so this week we started our hikes in the morning.)
The wildflowers were out in full force. Here also is a picture of a fleabane.
We saw the first of the new prickly pear pads. We keep trying to find a saguaro with many arms. This one could be up to 150 years old!
2-Saguaro National Park East, Tanque Verde Ridge Hike. We signed up for a guided hike not knowing which trail we'd use. It turned out to be a hike we had already done. It was a bit different than what we expected. We thought we'd learn about some of the plants and flowers but the leader gave us little information except which mountain ranges we were seeing. It was fun, though, talking with the others, many who lived in
3-Saguaro National Park East, Douglas Spring Trail to Bridal Wreath Falls. This was a very pleasant, not too strenuous 5 mile round trip hike. On the way we saw a desert iguana, horned lizard, an unidentified bird taking off, a mallow, and a bush dalea.
We had no idea whether or not there would be any water in the falls. As it turned out there was just a little water. A woman we met there said she had come 6 weeks ago after a good rain and there was lots of water there. One interesting sight was 2 saguaros which had been brought down by heavy rains.
4-Saguaro National Park West,
Missions. The Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded in 1692 and built to really wow the Indians with an elaborate structure and colorful paintings. Its mission was to "civilize" the Indians and get them to be loyal to
Farther south in Tubac was the
Baseball, Wetlands, Gardens. George got us some free tickets to a 1 PM Diamondbacks vs.
We read in the paper that there were a lot of birds at the Sweetwater Wetlands so we had to check it out. It’s a lovely area in west
Sonora Desert Museum (Trip 2). This time we we went to a demonstration to see the raptors fly and eat and learn a little about them. That was really fun. We saw a great horned owl (eating and taking off), barn owl (see his tongue in picture 2), and ferruginous hawk (which only winters in AZ).
Then we saw docents holding a kestrel and a screech owl. Here's also a roadrunner which we saw everywhere but I was never able to get a picture of until now.
Zoo and “Boneyard”. The Reid Park Zoo is a town zoo with a lot of animals for a city of its size. It was really cute and great for kids to see wild animals up close. We loved seeing the giraffes, an elephant getting a shower, the scarlet ibis, and an albino peacock (that was a first for us).
Friends. We had a wonderful visit to Larry and Helene Feldman's in Tubac. Helene, a co-worker of
We met her husband, Larry, at a restaurant in the nearby town center. (It's really an artist's mecca.) We had a lovely lunch with them before heading to a nearby ranch to see Larry's new hobby. He's helping to start a business with mini horses used as therapy for people of all ages. The horses were very cute. Helene keeps busy volunteering as well.
Sunday breakfast was at Rigo’s in