Today we saddled up the horses and made the exhausting
13 mile drive west to Gilbert Ray Campground in
the Tucson Mountain Park.
Although only a scant 13 miles - it is light years in contrast to
the RV Park we left behind.
Situated next to Saguaro National Park in one of the most
magnificent Saguaro forests in the world, it is 20,000 acres
in size and is one of the largest preserves owned and managed
by a local government.
Tucson is just on the other side of the mountains below.
(The Tucson Mountains)
The first thing that we noticed was the quiet.
A peaceful Oasis just outside of the Tucson Metro
The next thing we noticed was the desert landscaping in the campground.
A great deal of time and effort must have been spent putting so many
indigenous plants throughout....
Then you realize that the desert beyond the campground is identical...
This is natures landscaping and its beautiful!
Our view out the back window
I rehung the Hummingbird feeder and within minutes we had
a colorful visitor.
While I worked inside Kate found a warm sunny spot to curl
up with a good book.
Later it was off thru the wilderness to the other side of the campground
loop for dinner at Jim and Kristys house.
Not wanting to drag my camera over to dinner,
I took Kates camera and got a few shots of the setting sun.
Tonights show promises that we are going to have a fantastic week
with plenty of great photo opportunities.
Tomorrow I'll break out the DSLR.
Just like our stay at Catalina State Park over Christmas,
the setting sun sets the mountains to the east ablaze.
Linds... I know that you recognize those colors.
After dinner, the 4 of us took a stroll thru the campground in the dark
and enjoyed the peace and quiet under a star-filled sky that was
punctuated with a waxing crescent moon.
Now back at our house we hear the coyotes howling in the distance.
We will be here in Gilbert Ray for the next week.
Life is good.