Traveling in 2018 travel blog

Leaving the Borrego Canyon Campground at sunrise. Photo by Mary Anne.

Desert highway photo by Mary Anne.

There's a "big, beautiful wall" on the US-Mexico border alongside I-8 east...

Plenty of desert east of Yuma. Driving on I-8.

Mary Anne with Bud & Judy in Tubac, AZ.

A sculpture garden in Tubac.

A time to be playful.


All are lined-up and ready to charge forward.

An easy view of "bighorn sheep."


"Flowers" blooming in the Arizona desert.

Eating lunch with Bud & Judy, at the La Cocina Restaurant &...

Mary Anne and Judy at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, just west of...

A couple of Harris Hawks in the Desert Museum.



A Javelina, also known as a collared peccary, is a medium-sized animal...

A parade of collared peccary's in their desert museum.

The museum had plenty of Saguaro cactus, and easy to walk pathways.


Mexcian Wolf.

Photo by Mary Anne.


Mountain Lion making eye-contact through scratched glass.



And that's how a Saguaro takes shape.

Such a beautiful place.

Green Valley, AZ

Jan. 5-7, 2019

Leaving Anza-Borrego, and John and Terri, we drove 390 miles to see friends Bud & Judy. The first hour and a half was on state highways, going south along the Salton Sea. Then it was eastward on I-8. East of El Centro, California, the freeway paralleled the US-Mexico border. For several miles we saw “a great, beautiful” steel fence on the border.

Green Valley is about twenty miles south of Tucson. After checking into and getting the RV set-up in the Green Valley RV Resort, we drove the car a few miles to Bud & Judy’s winter-place. They live in our community of Panorama much of the year. Then they fly to Arizona and “winter” down there.

Bud & Judy were wonderful hosts and tour guides. They took us to the “artsy-craftsy” little town of Tubac where shopping was to be had. And a really nice lunch at Wisdom Dos. The food was excellent, as was the beer. While we were eating, a musician began playing. Nice.

The next day we went into a historic area of Tucson for lunch at the La Cochina Restaurant and Cantina. Then it was “out west” for a first time visit of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It's part nature reserve, part botanical garden, part zoo, all awesome. Right on the edge of the Saguaro National Park it was a great way to learn about what makes the Sonoran Desert so unique. Two miles of walking path covered sixteen gardens, animal habitats, and tons more. There was even an aquarium, art institute, restaurants and more onsite. Take a look at the photos of this place!

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