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.|
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.