Desert scenery, Tucson
Favorite thing: The flower of the saguaro cactus is the state flower of Arizona. One can see this cactus everywhere around Tucson. They can grow very tall, about 15 feet. It takes about 50 years to grow one arm, so the one on my photo must be a baby. I saw the most beautiful saguaros along a picturesque winding road, driving from Tucson to the Old Tucson Studios.
If you are in Tucson and want to take a drive through the desert head to Kitt Peak SW of Tucson along highway 86 .
Kitt Peak is the home of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory ( NOAO ).
There are 19 optical telescopes on the mountain along with two radio telescopes.
There is a visitor center .
Travel distance from Tucson is 56 miles one way ( 46 miles along highway 86 and another 10 miles for the climb to the top ).
Total time required , there and back : budget for half a day minimum.
Hmm... I don't know. Thick leaves of Arizona Agave looked impressive but I didn't eat them :-).
TEQUILA is an alcoholic drink (officially 38%-55% of alcohol, usually 38%-40%) in the arid highlands of central Mexico, from fermented and distilled sap of the agave (also called a maguey), an indigenous plant (a succulent, not a cactus).
I am not sure whether tequila maybe made of Arizona agave. Do you know?
Fondest memory: If you take I-10 west, exit at Avra Valley Rd. and make left onto it. Take it all the way out until it ends and turns into a dirt road. You can take this dirt road all the way around the Silverbell Mine and feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you have full gas tank and plenty of water and some food. It's a pretty rugged road, but I have done it in a Honda Prelude (with much nervousness). This is an all day trip. This is a picture of me when we got out the car and explored.
Fondest memory: These are sahuaro cactus that grow everywhere in the Sonoran Desert region. I took this photo at night during a full moon holding the shutter open a long time so it looks like daylight. If you look close, you can see the stars in the sky.
CACTUS ARE PROTECTED IN ARIZONA AND CAN ONLY BE MOVED WITH A PERMIT. Part of the National Heritage.
Fondest memory: Seeing them moving one of these with a huge Crane.