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Pinal Pioneer Parkway is a 42-mile, two-lane highway that crosses a broad, almost untouched section of Sonoran Desert between Oracle Junction (just north of Tucson and west of Oracle) and Florence. Along the road you can stop at the Tom Mix Memorial, and picnic areas.
It is a very scenic drive and currently has beautiful wildflowers that line the roadside.
There are little birds and bird eggs all over the desert this mid-Spring. Last week, we took a look into a nest in the Catalina Foothills in Tucson, and here is what we saw. Beautiful curve-billed thrasher eggs.
This nest was in a cholla cacti, which has very sharp and has painful thorns. Great protection.
We will keep an eye on it and hopefully see four chicks soon.
We have seen saguaro cactus flowers in bloom most months in Tucson. However, it is a rare flower or two that you see in the late fall and winter months. Starting this month, and for the next couple of months, you will really see the saguaro cacti pop with beautiful white flowers.
The wildflowers continue to bloom, and also today we really noticed the small yellow creosote bushes and red ocotillo flowers. A beautiful time to visit Tucson.
The wildflowers are really popping out along Finger Rock Trail in Tucson’s Catalina Mountains. While there are already many flowers in bloom along the trail, the next two weeks will be even better.
The “Poppy” wildflowers start right as the trail takes a steeper incline about an hour in the initial more level trail. So, even if you don’t want to walk a more difficult trail, just hike it for 30 yards to see some spectacular flowers.
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The Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park (in east Tucson) is a great place to walk, bird watch, picnic or have your family portrait taken. We were out there today, and people were doing just that.
The historic ranch house was open and had an art show, with all of the artwork having bird themes, from various Tucson artists.
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