Hello from an ocean front property in Arizona!
Ian and I arrived in Tucson yesterday afternoon, with an agenda full of visiting family and exploring the desert!
Yesterday, we broke up the hour long drive south of Tucson to Rio Rico (where we are staying), with a visit to the San José de Tumacácori mission.
It was really interesting to see all of the old buildings, & hard to imagine that the church was once a beautifully colored architecture. PS— the structures were made of adobe and STILL standing, over 180 years later.
After the mission we b-lined it to Rio Rico, where we were planning to stay the next few nights at his grandparents house.
Have any of you ever had a kumquat before? Ian’s grandparents have a huge kumquat tree in their backyard that apparently puts out copious amounts of fruit every year. I was urged to try one and… it was love at first bite. It looks like a grape-sized orange and tastes like a very sweet lemon. You even eat the rhine!
This morning I succumb to the kumquat tree once again. Oatmeal, kumquats and chia seeds filled me up for our adventure back up north to Tucson and the desert museum.
I have been to the desert museum before, but it was when I was much younger. My own grandparent’s used to have a house in Tucson, and I would make a couple trips out there every year as a kid to explore the Sonoran desert. Being back here has reminded me how much I used to love going for hikes with my grandpa and learning about all the wildlife.
Anyways, the desert museum is an outdoor nature conservatory type of museum. There are plenty of species native to the desert environment such as javalinas, mountain lions, snakes, birds and insects.
My favorite part of the entire day was the raptor show. We all gathered around an open space while the volunteers taught us about free-flying predators that whooshed in and out of the crowd. Today the show was made up of a monkey-faced owl, a peregrine falcon and two types of hawks.
I’m not kidding when I say that the birds literally flew right at you. Take a look at these awesome pictures I snapped!
They are called ground eels. These funny lookin’ guys have a hard, shovel type tool on their tail, allowing them to dig into the sand and pop in and out.
Well, I’m off to dinner! Enjoy your weekend!
Questions for you:
- What is the coolest wildlife experience you’ve ever had?
- Would you rather be in a super hot desert or an icy, freezing tundra?