|Cactus wren Photo taken by Dick Mallery|
We headed north and stayed in the Tucson Mountain Park at Gilbert Ray Campground. It is located next to Saguaro National Park. I love the saguaro cactus and all the creatures that depend on it and we arrived in time to experience the desert in bloom. One day we spent 6 hours touring the Sonoran Desert Museum. I'm not a fan of museums and zoos, but this place impressed me when I visited it in 1979 and again this time. SONORAN DESERT MUSEUM
|Mountain Lion at Desert Museum Photo taken by Dick Mallery|
We then moved to the NE side of Tucson to Catalina State Park and visited Sabino Canyon. Maybe it was the time of year but it felt like an amusement park with all it's crowds. As we hiked through the canyon we could hear the sound of the tour guides on the shuttle buses over their speakers. It is a good thing that they don't allow cars on the drive to the top of the mountain anymore - too many people. Again I say, the Boomers are coming, the Boomers are coming!! Over 10,000 Boomers retire each day and they say for the next twenty years. We are finding some places less attractive because of all the people. When it gets too difficult to get into parks we may change our way of traveling.
We then traveled up to Apache Jct. to Lost Dutchman State Park. This is a beautiful place next to the Superstition Mountains on the outskirts of Phoenix and a convenient place to camp for a week while we visited my parents and do some repairs. Dick is not in his element when we're in cities. He is not patient so that adds to his frustration with people and traffic. He did hike to the top of the mountain to get away from it all but there were a ton of people on the trails. He was happy to move on.
|Lost Dutchman State Park and the Superstition Mtns.|
|Mission San Xavier del Bac near Tucson|
|Funny Face loves laying in the sun on the motorhome dashboard|