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Here are more great pictures from our Arizona vacation.

We were in Tucson from Sunday evening until Thursday morning when we broke camp and drove north to Prescott.  Point of Rocks Campground is where we spent Thursday and Friday nights.  The campground is literally situated in the midst of large rocks with clearings for camp sites.  We enjoyed the natural setting more than the RV resort in Tucson. Even our cat, Tigger, enjoyed being out on a leash wearing a cat halter: there were trees and rocks to sniff, and birds and bugs to watch!
 
On Saturday morning, we broke camp in Point of Rocks and headed back to California.  We now both have "Arizona Fever!"

Ocotillo in the Rocks
Ocotillo in the Rocks
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Monday on the way up to the mountains, we stopped at a lovely vista site with walkways going down to the mountain stream.  It was a great place to take photos! 
 
The photo to the right shows ocotillo growing up next to the rocks.  Ocotillo grow all over the Sonoran Desert in Arizona as well as in the Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California.

Valley View from the Mountain
Valley View from the Mountain
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We took the photo to the right from a vista stop on the way back down the mountain.  Because of road construction and repair, we were unable to drive to Mt. Lemmon at the top of the mountain.  Still, the views were very impressive!  Being there again brought back memories of when I lived in Tucson and why I enjoyed the mountain drive so much!

 

There was visible evidence of the recent fires that burned many acres in the mountains.  Arizona faces the same problems as California with bark beetle infestation and drought. 

 

 

Tuesday we went to the Tucson Desert Museum.  There are many cactus gardens and pathways winding throughout the museum, and all the plants and animals that live in the desert can be seen there, including mountain lions and big horn sheep.

Flowers in the Tucson Desert Museum
Flowers in the Tucson Desert Museum
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Just outside the entrance of the Tucson Desert Museum were these beautiful desert flowers in bloom (see photo at right ).

 

 

 

Mountain Lion, Tucson Desert Museum
Mountain Lion, Tucson Desert Museum
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The mountain lion in the photo to the left is well-camouflaged, sitting on a large branch in front of the cliff.  He sat there for a long time as if posing for people taking pictures of him (actually, he was probably eyeing someone's dog)! 

You can see him much better by clicking on the photo to see an enlargement of the picture.

Big Horn Sheep, Tucson Desert Museum
Big Horn Sheep, Tucson Desert Museum
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In the photo to the right, you can see two big horn sheep resting on top of large rocks at the Tucson Desert Museum.  As with the mountain lion, they are very well-camouflaged!  Big horn sheep also reside in the Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the bird sanctuary portion of the Tucson Desert Museum, this beautiful tree was too picturesque to ignore!

Tree in Bird Sanctuary, Tucson Desert Museum
Tree in Bird Sanctuary, Tucson Desert Museum
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