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After 12 years of full-time rving, we've sold our truck and trailer but we're still traveling. Email us at wowpegasus@hotmail.com if you would like to contact us.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tucson Mountain Park and Gates Pass

Tucson Mountain Park is not far from where we are staying this winter so we decided to go there for a desert hike.
These are chain-fruit chollas (rhymes with goya). Believe it or not, there are 28 varieties of chollas.
This is a teddy bear cholla.
Just one of the many mountains in Tucson Mountain Park. This one is more rock than the others and is very colorful.

This is a prickly pear cactus. There are maybe a dozen varieties of them. Notice the heart shaped pad on the left.
This area has a lot of saguaro cacti too. That's pronounced sa-war-o.
Ok I saw a movement off to the side of the trail. Look closely right in the middle of this photo and you can see the tops of a jack rabbit's ears. He stayed still for quite a while.
I think these houses are actually in a part of Tucson. We had passed a sign telling us we were leaving Tucson but I think a part of it is still south of the road.

This is the skeleton of a cholla cactus.
There were a few large rocks around.
Then we headed north on Kinney Road. It had a lot of dips and curves. Fun on a motorcycle.
Then we headed east on Gates Pass Road. The bikers like this one even though it isn't very long.

There was a scenic stop right before the ascent over the pass and into Tucson.

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