The skies were grey but the mountains were golden as we made our way toward Tucson.
We were on our way to a FROG dinner. No, we weren't eating frogs. It was a Forest River Owners Group get together. There were about 80 Forest River RV owners at the BarBQue dinner from as far away as Yuma. Most were staying at the LazyDays KOA in Tucson where the dinner was held. We especially liked the information about the annual Rally in Goshen, Indiana and may see if we can be one of the lucky ones that score a spot there in 2018. At the Rally you can have repair work done on your Forest River RV for free. We don't need anything now but by 2018 I am sure there will be something. I initially heard about the group from a gentleman whose blog I follow and I appreciate him giving me the heads up.
And again Thanks Rob for the great discount for a nice place to stay. The Oro Valley Fairfield Inn has wonderful mountain views and it is always fun to stay in a Hotel room that is bigger than GypsyII.
I always laugh at myself about how excited I get to have a vacation from our permanent vacation.
We were given the gift of another one of those amazing Arizona sunsets.
The next day was for exploring. I asked Google Maps the way to the Sonoran Desert Museum and this time we were happy with where it sent us.
We swerved and curved through amazing desert mountains and dipped into pretty canyons.
It is a road full of arroyos, those that cross the deserts of the world.
Oh, to be 17 again and to put the pedal to the floor and fly across those stomach dropping dips.
The road led us into the heart of Tucson Mountain Park. Established in 1929 it is another of those wonderful places graced by the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 30's.
The CCC built 8 structures in the park and miles of hiking trails.
I love the glow of the cholla's.
Desert flowers are starting to bloom
Two ladies with Minnesota license plates were discussing what the correct time for the Ocotillo's to bloom was. They seemed to think that March was too early. I didn't tell them that they don't have a correct time. Just happy to burst forth after rainfall in the spring, summer and even sometimes the fall.
Continuing on following the Google Maps directions we arrived at our destination.
We had not been here for a very long time. Our prior visit had been when Kevin was attending law school at the University of Arizona.
Packed into 98 acres is a botanical garden............
a natural history museum...........
an art gallery.............
and my favorite.........a zoo.
Some roam free.
Look at those sweet bobcat faces.
There is definitely a family resemblance to our handsome Bubba.
The Desert Museum was founded in 1952 and focuses on the natural history, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert.
The museum is supported only by admission fees and donations, and receives no direct support from public taxes.
Birds are very used to human visitors.
There was a nest low enough you could see that tiny bit of fluff waiting for Mom to come back. I was surprised to listen to the visitors around me stating how exciting it was to see hummingbirds because where they live they don't see them. At first I was quite confused because in our travels we pretty much see them everywhere. Then a little more info told me they lived in cities. Glad I don't live in a city. I want to see more birds than pigeons and doves.
I spent a long time watching this cute little critter. There was no smell but a lot of activity going on.
They put his food in a folded up paper bag to give him a little challenge and it took him awhile but then there was SUCCESS.
There are crested saguaro's to be found.