Our temperatures are starting to cool down but we still have some of the afternoon heat. One of our favorite things to do is go on Nature trails and hikes. Monday we decided to stay close to home and take an afternoon walk to collect things to make our Nature Pals. This was a cute idea my daughter had to make people out of some of the items we find on our walk. We will make these into ornaments that represent each of us and our beautiful land.
Tuesday, we wanted to head over to another favorite destination in Tucson, the Sonora Desert Museum. We have the Family Membership so it is a great play to get out and enjoy some fresh air, local animals, the wild on the lose finds, and much more.
Today, one of the beautiful treasures was the amount of butterfly's we found. The place was covered in them everywhere you turn.
We started our day over to the Ancient Arizona exhibit. This is were you start by going down in to the cooling underground cave. The kids get to see gyms, fossils, rocks, and more.
Michael loves all the dinosaur history, fossils, and information. The kids could spend half their time in this part alone.
Some of my favorites Opals and turquoise. (Left)
On the right you see some of the stalagmites and cave rivers.
Coming out of the cave we are in the paleontology dig site. Here the kids can be paleontologist and work in the dirt to find fossils and treasures that lie beneath.
Here we saw a ton of Yellow, Black, Purple, Blue, and Orange Butterfly. Unfortunately they always flew away before I could get close to get on my phone.
In the B. Garden they had tons of great information on the life cycle and benefits of butterfly's.
The desert has many types of cactus. Some of the walking trails are paved and some are dirt like you see on the right. I usually like to tell the kids to wear tennis shoes for hiking, but we knew we where going to be staying on the pavement trails today. The desert view and walking through the upper left side of the park is a wonderful experience you do not want to miss. It is a little more hiking though.
These are a few of the lose and interesting critters we got to enjoy. We always see some kind of lizards, sometimes snakes, rabbits, and squirrels. This is a living museum, so you are always watching where you step.
A few more views of our day. I love the desert!
What do we bring?
Hats, glasses, water, lotion, and our kids explorer stamp book!!