Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tucson - day 5

I forgot to share this creature with you

Recycled metal creature at TEP
We saw him on day 3 and he's at the Kino Gem and Mineral Show (aka TEP).  He has some friends that are for sale as well. 

Today we stopped by the GIGM Grant Inn show on the way to the Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum.  I was quite disappointed at the show.  Triveni, which used to sell nice sterling, now only sells cheap stuff.  Needless to say they are off my list of vendors to see.  The rest of the stuff was a lot of import $1-$3 beads, African creations and beads and, of course, already made jewelry.  Nothing that I got excited about.

After that we headed to the Desert Museum.  This is always a fun place to visit since it is a hiking museum.  The wonderful Sonoran desert is the museum - with some manmade exhibits to help you learn more about the area around you.  The ocotillo, some barrel cactus and some salvias are starting to bloom so we saw splashes of color here and there.  Most of the critters were napping so we mostly got to see their backs as they were curled up to sleep.  Here are some of the critters ...

An ocelot trying to get comfortable for his nap ...

I think he wants to know what the heck I'm looking at ...  The prarie dogs are always fun to watch!
Kathy and Susan with the Sonoran desert behind them

We had lunch at the restaurant inside the museum and it was quite good.  And this one dessert was easily shared by all 3 of us.  Doesn't it look delish?


Last stop in the museum was the hummingbird aviary with many nesting hummers ...

As we headed out we stopped to get a picture with one of the big, old saguaros along the way ...
Kathy and Susan looking very small in front of a very tall and very old saguaro cactus

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