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May 4, 2019 - Tucson / Saguaro National Park

Stayed here three nights so I could get my brakes checked on Monday. While we were here we visited or third National Treasure, Saguaro National Park. At the Museum they had several native animals, and lots of cactus. It was an enjoyable day in the sun and we relaxed and had a good time. Had the brakes checked and was told that the pads look new and are in perfect adjustment. Glad to have the positive report, was afraid I had damaged them with the over heating. I will be more careful in choosing my routes from here on out. (Hope those...

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North to Alaska 2019

Mar 19, 2017 - Saguaro National Park

We made a quick trip to Saguaro National Park yesterday. The East Unit (Rincon Mountain District) is about 10 miles from the Pima County Fairgrounds. It's interesting to see how close Tucson's suburban development is creeping up to the boundaries of the National Park. Several housing developments are visible as you drive the 8 mile loop that runs through a small corner of the park. The loop was originally constructed by the CCC in the 1930's. The rest of the park is designated as a wilderness area and is only accessible on hiking trails....

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May 3, 2015 - Big Change

Well, the Blisses have done it again. We resolved our transmission issue by purchasing another camper. (Roseanne J, you can stop laughing right now) I am kind of blaming it on the Christophersens as Bill and Jan told us their story about buying a camper on the road and they did not have their title with them. As soon as we got home that night, Mike put our title in the camper. So after suffering buyers remorse last night, I think we made the right decision. It sleeps six people so now we can take grandchildren. It has a lot more room than...

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Takin the Slow Road

May 2, 2015 - Another day in Tucson

Time is different in Tucson. Up at 5:30, walk, do any work that must be done like pulling 100s of sand spurs off of the dog, complete any other outdoor activity and be in air conditioning by 1 pm. The next time it is bearable to go outside is after 6 pm. As usual I forgot to write something notable about our experience at the last campground, City of Rocks. A dump station is not available there so the Ranger sent us to the "Hot Springs RV Campground and Resort" about a half mile down the road. It was very run down and we never found anyone...

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Takin the Slow Road

Mar 25, 2015 - Saguaro National Park

About Saguaro National Park This is one park with two districts – The Rincon Mountain District and the Tucson Mountain District – with about an hour's drive through Tucson between them. (Note: Vehicles heavier than 12,000lbs are not allowed to use Gates Pass Road to travel between the two districts.) Ranger Programs are available from December through March, when the weather is more favourable for outdoor activities. There are BYOB water bottle refilling stations at the Visitor Center in each district but bottled water can only be...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 29, 2013 - Ouch!!!!

Another journal problem, so very few pics tonight. Another journey into the unplanned. We took the trailer to Tucson for some maintenance and they were backed up so we needed a place to spend some time and what better place than Saguaro National Park. The colors were brighter and much more vibrant than on our previous trips. Not only that, but the Saguaro bloom is really marching toward full. We took lots of pictures, but our camera just doesn't capture the desert colors. Shortly after we passed the halfway point of the loop we were...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 20, 2013 - Flowers in Thorns

Another wow day !! As a child I was always fascinated by Saguaro cactus when I saw them on the westerns on TV and in the movies. We simply don't have them on the east coast, and I now know that they grow only in the Sonoran desert of Arizona, a couple of spots in California and the Mexican state of Sonora. There's today's geography lesson. After spending the day in Saguaro National Park, I've now seen a gazillion or more and I'm still fascinated. To see such a plant reaching heights as high as 70 feet was amazing. Each plant was unique and...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 14, 2013 - Saguaro National Park

Sam was up before dawn to get sunrise pictures. The cactus—some variety of cholla, I think—looks like it is lit from within with the sun shining through that halo of thorns. After a leisurely breakfast, we drove out to Saguaro National Park for a program on desert plants. The ranger who led it managed to be both informative and entertaining—a really pleasant combination. I got started on another sketch (saguaro cactus that I hope to finish this evening). And we found that the cactus we were seeing backlit by the sun is Chain Fruit Cholla....

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Mar 6, 2012 - Saguaro National Park

We had a wonderful day exploring the Saguaro National Park and other parts of Tucson. The park is made up of two districts, Saguaro West on the west side of Tucson, and Saguaro East, east of the city. The two districts are about thirty miles apart, and together encompass over 91,000 acres. Both districts have visitor centers, scenic drives, trails, and picnic areas. We visited Saguaro West. Saguaro West, called the Tucson Mountain District locally, is 15 miles west of downtown Tucson and includes the Red Hills Visitor Center, the six mile...

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Feb 23, 2012 - Back out into the beautiful desert around Tucson

Today we decided to do the boneyard tour at The Pima Air & Space Museum. It was interesting, but we wouldn't redo or even recommend the tour. The acres of aircraft is somewhat overwhelming, but our guide was one of those 40 miles a minute speakers, who barely took time to breathe. His main objective was to show the tour bus many specific military aircraft that are now in mothballs. He went on ad nausem about each of those planes rather than covering the aspect of how the planes end up here. He did cover that, but only briefly. This is not...

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Dream On

Jan 18, 2012 - Saguaro National Park, AZ

After a quite night in Deming, New Mexico with only the occasional Union Pacific train to accompany our dreams we headed out early. On the road before 7am. Another cool night with temps somewhere in the 20s. We made excellent time and before we knew it we were approaching Tucson and Saguaro National Park. The park is very close to Tucson but on the other side of a large mountain range. We turned off the freeway and within half a mile we were amidst vast forest of Saguaro (suh-wah-ro) cacti. We had seen these occasionally along the road in...

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Jan 8, 2012 - Moon Take Night Make Day hike in Saguaro National Park

We took one of our favorite ranger-led hikes in Saguaro National Park with our friends, Bill and Lois. They're the reason we investigated spending time in Tucson since they've been coming here for many years. Bill and Lois were our children's fourth grade teachers and Eileen later worked in their classrooms.

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