John & Anne Wiley

2013/05/29

Tucson (2)

I’m looking thru more pix from our Islander Adventure (flying Tripp to the Bahamas, Quebec, and home). I’ll be posting more pix and details from the trip in coming weeks now that I have some time. So here are some I like from our time in Tucson. First up, the terrain we passed in our rental car on the way to the Sonora Desert Museum.

5154 Textured Terrain

5154 Textured Terrain

The plants and animals of this region are fascinating, and I like to imagine the people who lived here blending perfectly into this scene a few hundred years ago. Did they make use of the shelter at the bottom of this huge boulder that we’re now zipping past on the highway? Did they scramble among these smaller boulders that to me look like something along a Disney ride, with that one on top wobbling as if to fall on the tracks?

5070 Rock Ride

5070 Rock Ride

We spotted these Bighorn Sheep blending perfectly into their setting.

5144 Sheepish Setting

5144 Sheepish Setting

No, we didn’t spend hours silently stalking them to get close enough for this pic. This pair was in an exhibit at the museum. So many other exhibits we enjoyed, and we didn’t have time to tour the whole museum. The local plants on exhibit are also fascinating, and this is one of my fav pix that captures some of their beauty.

5102 Desert Blooms

5102 Desert Blooms

But this was a flying trip, and soon we were climbing up for this closer look at the cliffs towering above the campsite where we’d enjoyed our only tenting on this two-month adventure.

5197 Campsite Cliffs

5197 Campsite Cliffs

Then out across the massive and ever more dry and barren desert toward the night’s destination of Las Cruces, NM. In the late afternoon light I spotted this giant yin/yang symbol.

5214 Yen Yang Yard

5214 Yin Yang Yard

It’s apparently some sort of rail yard, maybe for sorting trains. To me it also symbolized the ebb and flow of our unfolding adventure. The up and down, walking and flying of a male and female exploring both sides of the continent.

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