Saguaro National Park/Sonora Desert Museum

This morning we spent a couple of hours at the fascinating Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, a wonderful collection of desert plants and animals.  This provided a nice introduction to desert flora and fauna and, surprisingly, we had a scrumptious lunch at the on-site Ocotillo cafe.  The cool temperature and small number of visitors made for a quiet, leisurely morning.  After lunch we sped back to Saquaro National Park West and meandered along the Bajada Loop Drive getting a real feel for the vast and stark Saguaro cactus forest.  We spent several hours on the short six-mile drive and Trisha even hiked up the Signal Hill Trail to get a close up of the petroglyphs and desert panoramas.  On our way back to the hotel, we got a nice overview of the area from Gates Pass.

Me in the shadow of a Saguaro along the Bajada Loop road

Me in the shadow of a Saguaro along the Bajada Loop road

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