Sunday, April 02nd, we took it easy and spent the
day around the hotel and enjoyed the pool. It was
a nice relaxing sunny spring day with the pool at
87 degrees! This hotel in bensen Arizona is extremely
clean and has won many awards. It used to be a Holiday
Inn Express, however it is not and independent hotel.
Monday, April 03 we traveled to the Arizona - Sonora
Desert Museum just outside of Tucson. This is a really
great museum to visit and is highly recommended for
anyone visiting Tucson. Visitors should either go
early in the day or late since it is the desert and
it does get very hot ( 32C). This museum has everything
that can be found in the desert with interpreters
to describe all of the plants and animals that can
be seen in the desert museum.
I have shown a few of the pictures we took which really shows the desert and the cacti in the desert. Some plants were beginning to flower as seen in the picture above and also below.
Of course they have some animals as well. This funny looking duck caught our eye. I think he was begging for something to eat. Of course there are the prairie dogs that are throughout the desert.
This is about as close as we will get to a mountain goat. Amazingly nimble and unafraid. The Desert Museum also had many birds, mountain lions, fish, turtles and much more to see. They also had a display showing the 5 stages of caves - birth, wet, dry, death and re-birth. Again the Desert Museum is highly recommended.
the afternoon, we traveled to Kit's Peak, which is
over 7000 feet high and houses many telescopes. Unfortunately
we were unable to travel right to the top due to
construction on the road. I was able to take this
one picture to show how close we got. If you are
planning to visit Kit's Peak, call ahead. The road
is paved all the way and their are guard rails all
the way. Although steep in places it is very safe
and nothing like Pikes Peak in Colorado or the highway
crossing the Andes from Chile to Argentina, which
did not have guard rails and also had many, many
tractor trailers on the road.
The view from 7000 feet is truly fantastic and you are able to see for miles. Highly recommended trip!
Tonight we are still in Arizona in a small town called Benton, about 40 miles outside Tucson, and plan to travel to Laughlin, Nevada in the morning.
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