After thoroughly enjoying (and educating) ourselves at Saguaro National Park East for three days, it was time to move to Tucson’s west side to see the mountains over there. On the drive away from our Ironwood National Monument home, we came across a ground squirrel enclave. We also spotted a coyote on the side of the road.
From the wilderness we drove into town to pick up our Christmas gift from John’s father, a pair of binoculars! Since we’ve been using these, I cannot believe we went so long without them. They really enhance our wilderness experiences.
After spending the day doing retail errands and at the laundry mat, we drove to the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center in Coronado National Forest. There we discussed camping options with a ranger, Though the Forest Service’s website described distributed camping opportunities, the ranger only knew of hiking distributed camping, not road-side distributed camping, so we headed to a non-free campground.
At the Visitor’s Center, we also acquired our very own baby Saguaro!