Tucson, Arizona

We arrived in Tucson when it was still light enough to take a walk through Saguaro National Park and look at all the Saguaro catcti and barrel cacti and other cacti.  

cacti
cactus
cacti and mountains

Then we ate a ton of Mexican food and passed out. The next day was Sunday, and we went to the mass at the San Xavier del Bac Mission, a Spanish Catholic mission founded in 1692. After mass, we ate Navajo fry bread from the vendors out front.

mission

Then, we went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where we watched a demonstration of hawks and other raptors flying out in the open, which was really cool. My favorite thing about the Desert Museum, though, were these fat little prairie dogs.

prairie dogs

I liked Tucson a lot. There’s a lot to do there, it’s warm, and it’s busy. Everywhere we went, there were a lot of people out enjoying themselves.

From there, we headed north. It got colder as we drove. We didn’t stop anywhere else in Arizona until we got to the Grand Canyon, except for Sunset Crater, which is a volcanic cone north of Flagstaff. This was disappointing because it turns out you can’t hike up and look at the crater. You can only walk around the base. Still, it was nice to get out of the car and stretch our legs. There was snow on the ground at the park.

crater
sunset crater
fence

(More photos of Arizona here.)

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