Kent and Carol - Mobile travel blog

One Wall of Sabino Canyon

Other wall of the Canyon and tram road

The Saguaro Cactus

Stream flowing around some large rocks

Stream flowing across the road

Cactus growing out of rocks

Saguaro National Park

Spring Blossoms

Mountains

A different cactus

Small barrel cactus

Holes in cactus are where birds peck into cactus for moisture

Some of Tucson in valley

Can you find 2 people?


Monday, April 2, we drove to Tucson, Arizona. We arrived at the Tra-Tel RV Park early in the afternoon. Actually a little earlier than we thought because Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, so we gained an hour. Wednesday, we went to Sabino Canyon, a part of the Coronado National Forest. There we took a narrated tram tour into the canyon. It actually had some water flowing down the canyon, which supplied water for the growth of trees. Carol and I were yearning for some trees. It seems like the last few weeks all we have been seeing is dry desert and this was a refreshing change. The tram took us about a third of the way up the canyon and you are allowed to walk the rest of the way. We just looked around and took pictures and then rode the next tram back down to the visitor center. After lunch we then drove to the Saguaro National Park. The Saguaro National Park has two districts, the West section, which is west of Tucson and the East section, which is east of Tucson. We went to the east section, which is about 12 miles from the Sabino Canyon. The Saguaro National Park has a self-driven eight-mile route through the Sonora Desert and rock formations. The predominate cactus here is the Saguaro cactus which are known for their sometimes human-like shapes. They can live more than 200 years and grow to heights of 30 to 40 feet. Besides the eight-mile road there are many miles of trails and picnic areas. The Midwestern folks that Carol and I are, we just cannot imagine the draw of a picnic table covered with a canopy instead of a picnic table under a cool shade tree. The desert has its beauty but we miss seeing trees. Thursday we are driving to Mesa/Phoenix, Arizona.



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