We had been convinced to start today by driving up Mount Lemmon, but we awoke to find the top of the mountain socked in by clouds. Since it was another cool overcast day, we were then convinced to go to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum where the animals would be active in this weather.
Today, we headed west of Tucson.
|What are those spiky things on the hillside?|
|Carnegiea gigantea/Saguaro Cactus|
Our first stop was Sentinel Peak, which the locals call "A" Mountain, due to the huge letter 'A' on the side. This volcanic rock mountain gave its O'odham/Pima name to Tucson, being at chuk-son/the base of the black mountain. Later when the presidio was built in Tucson in 1775, sentinels stood here to lookout for marauding Apaches.
|Karen with a saguaro|
|Karen next to the letter 'A'|
|Looking down the letter 'A'|
|View of Tucson from Sentinel Peak (See the clouds covering Mount Lemmon?)|
|Looking up at the letter 'A'|
Next: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.