Our first stop was the Desert Museum just outside of Tucson. This is a place we've wanted to see since our first trip down here over a handful of years ago when our trips south began. They began because we were feeling landlocked as our Irish Terrier, Rourke, was no longer young and we couldn't hit the road without him. That limited our choices and had us come up with the plan for a road trip south. Year one we arrived at the Desert Museum with the temperature perfect to leave him in the car for a short period of time. We always made sure that we checked on him regularly and only left him when the temperature was well below seventy - and of course warm enough in the other direction. But the signs clearly stated that no dogs should be left in the car no matter what the temperature - they'd break the glass to get them out, or so the sign threatened. Frightening that such drastic measures had to be considered. Who would leave their dog in hot weather - and no matter the weather, for any length of time? Anyway, sometimes they have temporary kennels on such tourist sites but there was none of that. The Desert Museum was a go no that year and in a number of years that followed. Until this year. Sadly - we lost Rourke last fall.
So this year we arrive - me with a bit of trepidation. I know there are animals here and i'm not sure how or what they're living conditions will be. I'll be truthful, I don't like zoos. So I was a little hesitant about what this might be about. And while there were aspects of it I didn't like, what I did was that the animals all came there because they were injured and required rehab. Once that was complete they remained there in habitats where a lot of effort had been made to make them as natural as possible. Here, the mountain lion was majestically relaxed and clearly in his element.
The high point was the raptor demonstration
where the birds flew free on the command of their trainer. It was amazing to see these birds flying just over our heads, catching prey and then returning to their handler on command.
Then it was on to Tubac, Arizona population 1,191 in the 2010 census. The size alone and the few reviews had us expecting not a whole lot but it was on the way. We were completely blown over - there was so much more than the little we'd expected. The place was small but so eclectic and filled with artists and their work along with boutique shops bringing in unique and good quality crafts, clothing and accessories. It was a shoppers dream There wasn't enough time and one day I'm going to have to go back. An hour and a half was all we had. Way more in the day than hours in the day allowed - this will be a place marked as check it out again, spend an overnight. Check out the funky cafes, the amazing art and the culture that ran like a live wire through this small town.
Next, we had planned
By the time we left the site, it was dark but the freeway was crowded with rush hour traffic as
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