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2022 Trip Report - Desert Explorers at Large in the Tucson Area

Desert Explorers at Large in the Tucson Area

By Julie Smith


A period of serendipity occurred this February as a group of unsuspecting Desert Explorers discovered that we all happened to be in the Tucson, Arizona area this month. So a few emails and text messages later we were able to get together for a lovely day at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum thanks to Barbara Midlikoski. On our trip were: Barbara Midlikoski, Ellen and Nelson Miller, Bill and Julie Smith.

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson is a wonderful venue with indoor and outdoor exhibits. We arrived early to get a good spot to view the marvelous Raptor Show! Birds swoop over your heads and demonstrate their various attributes as the narrator describes each species. This is a must see event!

The museum sits on a hill with nice meandering trails to get a great outside desert experience as you wander amongst the flora and fauna. So many beautiful desert plants! The paths lead you back up to the exhibit buildings which house archeological displays, minerals, reptiles, desert history, artwork, and more! They also have nice lunch choices. Overall, a wonderful way to spend the day when you find yourself in the Tucson, Arizona area.

We seem to have several Desert Explorers who live full and part time southeast of Tucson, Arizona. Ron and Barbara Midlikoski in Vail, Arizona; Ellen Miller in Benson, Arizona; and Bill & Julie Smith in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Barb & Ellen suggested that if any Desert Explorers were in the Tucson/Benson/Sierra Vista area they would be welcomed to contact us for a possible get together and information about the area.

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