SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, WEST: MONDAY MARCH 23rd
The morning was spent around the campground. We enjoyed an early walk of bird watching - cactus wrens, curve-billed thrashers, Gambel’s quail, and phainopepla, to name a few.
|CURVE-BILLED THRASHER WITH A SEED|
We also chatted with a couple of dog owners and got our “dog fix” for the day.
After lunch we were off to the Visitor Center at Red Hill in Saguaro N.P.
|RED HILL, SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK|
We took in their video, and got info on the Bajada Loop Drive. We took this loop and enjoyed the wildflowers, cacti,
and finally the petroglyphs at Signal Hill.
|SIGNAL HILL SPIRAL|
|SIGNAL HILL PETROGLYPHS|
We visited this site nineteen hears ago. The petroglyphs are still there, but people have defaced them by chipping away layers of rock and taking some of the drawings. It really is a shame that we as a group can not leave things like this well enough alone to be enjoyed by many more generations.
Before dinner we went out for a sunset walk and photography. We found a suitable area and I enjoyed my photography, but the skies were clear so there was not a real sunset sky.
|A SAGUARO FOREST|
|SAGUARO - LIVING AND DEAD|
|SUNSET COLOR ON SAGUARO FOREST|
In the evening we joined Bernice Lewis and her group for some star gazing hosted by some of the campground hosts. The Orion Nebula was stunning in the field of view of an 18 inch Obsession telescope.