Friday, September 14, 2018

Birds of San Diego

Usually when we leave Tucson, we are on our way to Sacramento, and almost always, we'll  stop in San Diego along the way. We love this part of California, and never tire of the natural beauty, wonderful weather, miles of beaches, miles of hiking and biking trails, vegan restaurants, and the ability to find just about anything we need. It’s a perfect place to stop for a spell and regroup for the next phase of our travels. As an introductory post to our one month stay this year (April 2018), here is a collection of San Diego bird photos. These are photos of birds found in our RV Park (Santee Lakes), shore birds seen on a bike ride at Imperial Beach, and a visit to Lake Murray where we saw a mama duck and her ducklings, and an osprey nest at the top of a telephone poll.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Farewell Tucson!

As usual, we loved our stay in Tucson this past winter. Our travel plans for the upcoming winter will take us to Florida, so it will be a while before we get back here. In the meantime, here are some random farewell pictures, until next time.

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Located 50 miles south of Tucson in the Santa Cruz River Valley, Tumacácori National Historical Park protects the ruins of three Spanish mission communities, most notably the well-preserved Mission San Jose de Tumacácori. Established in 1691 by Jesuit padre Eusebio Kino, this is the oldest Jesuit mission site in southern Arizona. The ruins bear witness to a history of conflict and cooperation, both of which helped shape the history of this unique park where settlers, soldiers, and European missionaries interested with the native O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache people. Restoration and stabilization efforts began in 1908 when the site was declared Tumacácori National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1990 it became part of the new Tumacácori National Historical Park. Here are some pictures from our visit.