Corona de Tucson
July 23, 2022
On Wednesday (July 13) our second oldest son, Joe, and our sweet, daughter-in-law, Jena, arrived at Tucson International Airport all the way from South Carolina with grand babies, Felix and Edith, in tow for seven glorious nights.
|Felix (will be 6 years old July 30 and going to first grade) and Edith (will be 2 years old Oct. 1)|
|Joe and Jena|
We were in the middle of an excessive heat warning, but no one let that interfere with our fun...just being together and having a great time. I like the way Joe and Jena go with the flow...the flow being Felix and Edith. Getting out early on these rather hot days is crucial. Some days we were out the door very early and other days it just didn't happen. It had been just under two years since we had seen Joe, Jena and Felix...and Edith was not born yet.
Felix and Jena are faithful followers of the blog and know all about saguaros. Seeing them in person was at the top of the list. The Sonoran Desert Museum was the destination for the day. But not before an Arizona sunrise, a good stretch...
...and a hearty breakfast.
The reptile exhibit is close to the entrance and our adventure began there. Unlike their Gigi, these two like creatures that slither, creep and crawl.
The museum is full of things for little ones to enjoy. We dug for fossils...
explored a bat cave...
sat quietly and watched the hummingbirds...
meandered along the path enjoying the landscape...
played at Pack Rat Playhouse...
perused the aquarium...
had a picnic and popsicles...
and crashed !
We oohed and aahed and admired the saguaros and other cacti, but the spinytail iguanas stole the show. They are not native, but were introduced to the museum in the 1970s. They have not expanded/survived beyond the musuem's grounds.
Friday was a sleep in and lazy morning. Our destinations for the day were Bricks and Minifigs and Mildred and Dildred...both toy stores. Joe and Felix are LEGO enthusiasts to say the least. Bricks and Minifigs is a one-stop aftermarket LEGO store. They buy, sell and trade anything LEGO.
Bins are filled with all shapes, sizes and colors of bricks with lots of specialty pieces included in the mix. They are sold by the tub or bag.
Joe and I quickly learned this is serious...we all pitched in to find pieces we thought would be useful and fun to build a truck.
Mildred and Dildred has been our go to place when shopping for the kiddos. We can always find something unique there and they ship.
That afternoon was pool time...
and LEGO time for Joe and Felix.
|Felix's helicopter and truck|
We were up and out the door at 6:30 for a walk on the golf cart path in our neighborhood.
After naps, we played Prickly Pairs (It's just like Go Fish, but the cards are pictures of assorted cacti and instead of saying "Go Fish" you say "Take a Hike"), and put together a puzzle.