Thursday, March 21, 2013

Saguaro National Park

91 degrees here today!

Nestled in among a large southwest city, Saguaro National Park is almost surrounded by small mountains in sprawling Tucson. (Technically Tucson divides the park, but we just visited the west district.) We followed our GPS down Gate's Pass Road until signs told us our long rig would not make it. So we drove around to an easier entrance which shortened our park exploring time. The girls got their Jr Ranger workbooks, but couldn't complete them before the visitor's center closed.

Riley finally got a snapshot of one of the elusive lizards

My camera window couldn't get the top of this mammoth Saguaro. 
I was backing into prickly cactus!

This must be an old cactus as they say it takes 10 years for a Saguaro to grow 1 foot.
We walked down the Javelina Wash Trail and Discovery Nature Trail. 
Leaving Tucson we saw some canal irrigated fields from the Santa Cruz River, and sheep & cattle grazing. With the craggy mountains in the background, the lush green was refreshing and made -another- beautiful view.


  1. This looks like a trip of a lifetime! What an awesome opportunity and your kids look like the perfect age to soak up all the learning! Thank you so much for keeping us updated on your adventures! I'm slightly jealous of the 91 degrees!! It is 30 here and freezing! Enjoy your family and God bless. Wish our house was on your travel route! Lana and all

    1. Thanks Lana! I hope we all remember the trip well. It's definitely had some learning curves! :) Congratulations on new healthy baby Kade! Would be nice to 'stop by' and see him and you all! :)