After a couple of days of being in Tucson, I’m learning that there is more to this city than meets the eye. On the surface, it seems like a depressed town with very little happening, but let me not get ahead of myself.

Our original plans on Thursday were to visit the Kitt Observatory, but the relentless high winds and overcast skies persist, limiting any visibility and canceling our tour. The weather is also unseasonably cool, with temperatures in the high in the low 70s and 50s at night. The benefit of the cool weather is that it’s a perfect time to visit the zoo, so we headed to the mis-named Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near the Saguaro National Park. Though it calls itself a museum, it’s more of a park and a zoo, spanning many acres of walking trails and much more than we could see in the four hours we allotted. There is also a museum that houses snakes and minerals and an impressive cave replica that is complete with stalactites and stalagmites (c for ceiling, g for ground).

My two favorite parts of the museum were seeing the A.D.D. creatures of the animal kingdom, the first of their kind that I’ve ever seen in person: a roadrunner and hummingbirds. The road runner ran back and forth and back and forth across the front of the cage. He moved so much and so quickly that it was hard to capture a clear picture of him. I understand now the coyote’s frustration and am in complete sympathy with him. The hummingbirds paused for longer than the road runners, but were still a challenge to photograph. As we stood in the Hummingbird House, they buzzed passed our heads, sometimes so close that you could feel them touch you. By some miracle, I did capture a couple of pictures of them enjoying their clear nectar.

The museum was well-worth visiting. You can learn more about the museum on their website and see our pictures here.
Learn more about hummingbirds here.

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