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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 9th 2022

Today was another incredible hot bright sunny blue sky sort of day. We drove to the East half of the Saguaro National Park, again getting there before it opened. It was CROWDED with bike-riders! Guess they try to get it in before the heat of the day. We did a 1 miles hike out to a lime kiln ruin and a mile back, and saw just one black-throated sparrow and 2 small unidentified birds, possibly gray vireos. All in all we preferred the other half of the National park. We are very grateful for our senior's free pass to the parks too. The mountains nearby were pretty, and the saguaro cactus varied. We learned to recognize a few types, including the “fish hook” cactus. We shall have to research if the Native Americans used the thorns ... read more
Cactus Wren nest
Cinnamon Teal
even rabbits are dry here

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 8th 2022

We had had a tip from a couple yesterday to go to the Madera Canyon area, especially because there was a feeder area. It was about 50 minutes away, and we discovered some interesting things and not just birds: there was strip-mining south of Tucson – huge squared off “tubs” of water – that was copper mining. AZ is evidently the source of most of the US’s copper. And then we wondered why US Rt 19 was marking everything in KILOMETERS instead of miles???? Because the road was built right after Congress approved a bill to switch over from miles to metrics, in like 1974. When it never really “caught on,” and we kept the funny old English system, the locals loved it and fought to keep the signs. Evidently there’s a stretch of road near ... read more
1 Acorn Woodpecker Male
1 Annas Hummingbird
1 Arizona woodpecker

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 7th 2022

This little AirBnB in W. Tucson is lovely. The bed comfortable, the area so quiet and full of birds. We had our scrambled eggs on toast outside on the patio and listened to the funny little Gambel’s quail, who run around in the underbrush and hop up onto walls or cactuses with ease. They can’t sing without bobbing their little topknots. As they don’t adopt savings time in Arizona, it gets light very early. We had about a 15 min drive to Saguaro National Park West, and stopped at the Gates Pass viewpoint – you can see all the way to the wide open Sonoran Desert from there. We arrived before the Park opened at 9 and had a lovely walk outside the Visitor’s Center. Early really is the best time for the birds. Then we ... read more
2 Saguaro cacti
3 Screen revealed this
4 Lunch

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 1st 2022

We had a great final day in Mexico, ending it with one of the best meals I've ever had. We had dinner at the fishing port at Los MTZ, a family owned place with roots in Oaxaca...We had spotted sea bass, cooked on the grill, along with garlic shrimp and other delights... This morning, Bill and I went to the beach where I ran and swam in the tide pools. Walter fixed a greek omelet for us and we were on our way north again....I hated to leave Mexico, but we'll be back soon, hopefully. Puerto Penasco is known as "Arizona's beach" and the town fills up with Americans and some Mexicans every weekend. As we drove back towards the border, there was a steady stream of cars, RVs, trucks pulling dune buggies, and an occasional ... read more
Bill, Cindy and Fiona the dog
Dinner venue at the port
Walter and Cindy's living room

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 16th 2021

Early start to the day, up and having first cup of coffee at 5:30. Kitty is fed and seems well rested and ready for the adventure to begin. I am very much out of practice of the blog post. With Covid our trips have been short and frankly often when recovering from an eye surgery. This is our first real vacation in 2 years. Hopefully, it is a trip back to normal travel again. We already have 3 trips planned for 2022. Since I am a bit rusty on my blogging routine and I was very tired last night, there are some things I failed to mention. First, this trip has been in the making for 3 years. It was first scheduled for Christmas 2018, but 3 weeks before that trip I broke my ankle and ... read more
The Car
Tombstone Court House
Streets of Tombstone

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson November 26th 2021

Happy Holidays and 2021 in Review/Photos YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT - RECOMMENDED - THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE 34 PHOTOS - CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG - BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. As you have probably figured out, these travel blogs are a way for Bernard and me to keep track of our adventures. I can't tell you how many times we've referred to one of our over 70 travel blogs ... read more
Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point, MX
Las Nubes Vineyard
JJ's Birthday Celebration

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 8th 2021

Was a really nice weather day in Tucson, about 74 degrees this January day, and I took advantage and played nine holes at the url=https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/golf-courses/details/tussp-jw-marriott-tucson-starr-pass-resort-and-spa/33581/Coyote 9 at the url=https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/golf-courses/tussp-jw-marriott-tucson-starr-pass-resort-and-spa/Starr Pass Golf Club . I ended up not being paired with anyone as there were really no other groups playing that 9 in the afternoon as I was. As I was walking up the 8th fairway to find my ball for my third shot to the par 5, I discovered that there were not people working behind the green, but rather a group of Javelina or Collared Peccary, luxuriati... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson February 10th 2020

SPIRITUALITY I’ll be boogered. The notion of spirituality has bedeviled me for pretty much all of my life. As a young child one of my greatest fears was being abducted by wild Indians, and later, but briefly, by Spanish Conquistadors who made me a slave. It was the influence, on my tender sensibilities, of TV westerns, and cowboy movies like The Searchers. One night, during my 15th year of life, I had a very vivid dream about being a mountain man chased by the Blackfeet across the wilds of Wyoming. During the chase I was forced to abandon my pack animals, what was left of my camp supplies, and two years of peltries I had been busily harvesting through perilous efforts. Some of the Blackfeet left the chase to gather in that bounty. As ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 19th 2019

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT - RECOMMENDED - THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE 14 PHOTOS - CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS) IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG - BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful family and friends. May you be Blessed with Love, Peace and Happiness this Holiday Season. Hanukkah begins the evening of December 22, so we wish all of our Jewish friends a peaceful and harmonious Hanukkah. May the Lights ... read more
Bernie, Kathy, MIck & Pat
Marcela, Vic & JJ in Tucson
Feb. - March

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson June 6th 2019

In June 1985 I purchased a new 4X4 truck for my new traveling job, and my first assignment was for the summer in Tucson, Arizona. Since my small truck was set up for camping, I chose to stay in the very nice cool Catalina Mts. rather than the slums of Tucson. I had a one hour drive from Bear Canyon to work and back, five days a week. At work in the morning my host company gave out unlimited drinking water and ice to all employees and sub-contractors including me. Back then the Catalina Hwy was a narrow winding poorly paved road with no guard rails. Starting up the Catalina Mts by the Coronado National Forest sign, clearly visible was a number of wrecked cars and trucks that fell hundreds of feet down the cliffs. (Later ... read more
Catalina Mts
Catalina Mts
Catalina Mts




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