Friday, September 16, 2011

Road Trip - Day 21

The plan this morning was to get up and head to the museum in Las Cruces, NM. Except that it was Sunday, and the museum didn't open until 1pm. Sorry museum, but we're getting a bit weary and will leave you in the dust. So we set out for our next stop--Tucson, AZ.

Of course what is a long drive without a stop for ice cream on the way?

There wasn't a real Arizona sign, so this would have to do. 9 states down, 1 to go!

After making a quick stop at Costco (where I thought the world was coming to an end with the chaos that we found there. Come to find out, that's just how it is at that particular store. Wow, I realized how spoiled I'd been at my NC store!), we headed to Catalina State Park just outside of Tucson. Do you see that...TREES! MOUNTAINS!!

We actually really enjoyed this site. It was pretty gloomy the majority of the time we were there, which made it nice and cool out (when the wind wasn't trying to blow us away), but there was just a lot of cool things to see here--long trails with indian relics and all sorts of wildlife, especially jackrabbits, which the kids were amazed by. And the other thing they were amazed by? Ants, of course.

Starting our first day off with a quick hike.

Can you believe these cacti?? Russ loves teaching the kids names of things, so they could tell you the names of half of the cacti on this trail. Even which ones are okay to eat.

After we finished up our short hike and some dinner, we decided it was time for a phone call to Bubba and Grandpa who were ironically in Florida!

The first night we were at this campground, the sunset was amazing. This is just the setting sun glaring off of the craggly mountains behind us. The sunset itself was utterly amazing. Aside for the visual beauty, coyotes began howling for a good 15 minutes at sundown. It was just spectacular.

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