Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Saguaro National Park

This is my last post to share from our trip to Tucson.  On July 4, after a visit to the Arizona-Sonora desert museum, we decided to drive through Saguaro National Park.  I'm a huge fan of the national parks, and wish I could visit all of them.  There are so many I haven't seen!  Because Pierce was a 4th grader this past year, he had a pass to get himself and his family into any national park for free.


The saguaro cacti were everywhere!  Little birds often live inside the cacti, and I enjoyed watching them flit about.  We had fun visiting the gift shop, and Pierce got his National Parks Junior
Passport stamped.  Then we went driving through some scenic loops.


It was stunningly beautiful, and remote.  We did see a couple of other cars out, but it didn't seem like a good place to break down!  Hiking trails were everywhere, and I hope we can go back one day when it isn't quite so hot to check out some of them. 
This dirt road came to a sign that said high clearance vehicles only, and we ended up turning around because we were in Paul's parents' Honda Fit.  Definitely not high clearance! 


The rest of our scenic drive was on pavement, but certainly no less impressive in beauty.  After all this fun, it was lunchtime.  It was certainly a grand way to celebrate July 4th. 

15 comments:

Tom said...

...so lust.

Sally said...

So beautiful, Lisa. I'm glad y'all had a great time! :)

xoxo

Out on the prairie said...

I need to go back and play here. You were in the very hot season. Hope you cooled off going up into the mountains to Mt. Lemmon

Karen S. said...

I bet it was, but for me any time there is just fabulous, and I can bet the children were really enjoying it, unless it got a bit too hot, but then they usually can stand the heat!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Some of these pictures almost look like another planet. What a great adventure. I would have loved seeing the birds in the cactus. This weekend, there was a senior special on the state parks, and my friend got a lifetime pass for any park, and she could take a carload each time if she wants.

Michelle said...

So glad you guys had a great trip. A favorite part of the country for my family!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Just thinking about how hot it must have been has me fainting. Though lovely landscape! Have a great weekend.

Linda said...

Neat! And Pierce gets to be a hero for having a pass!

Jill said...

An unforgettable trip!

Harry Flashman said...

Didn't you tell me once you'd read some of Edward Abbey's books? I can't remember but I think so. You'd like "Desert Solitaire" if you haven't read it.

DMS said...

How beautiful! I love that the NPS has the program for 4th graders and families to visit parks for free. What a wonderful way to inspire kids and families to enjoy nature. :)
~Jess

Annette said...

Wow, I didn't even think of visiting this national park while we were there. It looks amazing!! Isn't it nice how the kids can get their National Parks Junior Passports stamped? I think I was more excited about getting the stamps than Lewie was...

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

What a beautiful place to visit! I bet you had an amazing trip!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful! So glad you had such a nice time in Arizona.

alissa apel said...

I went there, but it was when my oldest Mica was 2. He's now 12. I'd love to go again.