On Sunday, we packed our bags so to speak and on Monday morning headed out of Yuma on our way to our next destination – Tucson. It was an uneventful trip of 220 miles, just the way we like our travel days. There is not a whole lot of anything between Yuma and Tucson. We passed some cattle farms, irrigated alfalfa fields, and a giant solar power plant – that was about it.
We had read at least a couple of blogs lately that were raving about the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. It also rates as Tucson’s number one attraction on TripAdvisor. So off we went there on Tuesday. First, we traveled through the west unit of the Saguaro National Park. We had seen many saguaros in southern Arizona but this was the first place where we saw a “forest” of them.
The Desert Museum (https://www.desertmuseum.org/) is a property of about a hundred acres that is part museum, part zoo, and part gardens. We very much enjoyed our visit as there were a number of “firsts” for us as shown in the pictures below:
A beautiful Mountain Lion
A hummingbird in her nest
The Fairy Duster plant. Back at Quartzite, our friend Mark Nemeth of the Escapees organization shared with us some very special mead (honey wine) from honey where the bees had feasted solely on the Fairy Dusty plant. It was an amazing taste treat with an aftertaste very similar to maple syrup so we were pleased to see the plant that produced the pollen for this honey.
A Silver Fox
A Mexican Wolf
And, the ears of a bat
If you are ever in the Tucson area, it is a place very well worth visiting.