Saturday, July 23, 2022


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. 

Day 1:

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.


Day 2:

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.

Joe's truck

Felix's helicopter and truck

Day 3: 

We were up and out the door at 6:30 for a walk on the golf cart path in our neighborhood.  

Then it was off to the Pima Air and Space Museum.

The afternoon was spent mastering bubbles in the backyard.

Day 4:

Felix really wanted to go to Tombstone and Sunday was the day.
We enjoyed the show at the OK Corral, meandering the streets, lunch at Big Nose Kates, ice cream, and a real dust storm.  Felix might just be a cowboy at heart...his cowboy hat and boots didn't fit in their suitcase to travel to Tucson so we improvised at Big Nose Kates.

Day 5:

We spent Monday morning visiting with an extra cup of coffee, catching up on things around the house, Jena did laundry, and we made a grocery store run.  The plan for the day was guessed it, El Charro.  What a nice surprise to learn that children 10 and under eat free. 

Afterwards, we spent an hour or so strolling down historic 4th Avenue.  We perused (and enjoyed the AC) thru several stores.  Pop-Cycle (over 100 local artists with a theme paying homage to Tucson and the west), Del Sol (American Indian pottery and jewelry, hand-woven rugs, take home trinkets, and much more), and Generation Cool (vintage pop culture items from the 1980s and 1990s).  Generation Cool was definitely a favorite...especially for son Joe.  He has every single action figure he owned as a youngster from Star Wars to GI Joe to Batman and Robin and more.

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. 

Day 6:

Up before the sun...because no trip to Tucson is complete without seeing Saguaro National Park.  We chose the closer to home East/Rincon Mountain District area.  It was a nice drive on Cactus Forest Drive with a couple of stops.  First, the Nature Trail (tarmacked for the stroller).  

Second stop was Javalina Rocks for some rock scrambling and amazing views. 

Before heading home, we made a stop at the Visitor Center.

After dinner, we enjoyed the late afternoon glow and sunset at Gates Pass.


It's no surprise our week flew by.  Lots of laughs, sharing, adventures, more meals at the big table, more pictures than I can count, and memories to last at least until another visit.  

We sure do love these little munchkins !

Until next time, may your dreams come true...

your goals be reached...

and your adventures be fun.

Share the love...

and always share the rocker !



  1. That's another blog that made my heart sing! I can read the joy in your words and see all the fun you had in your photos. Thanks for letting us see into your family Gay!

    1. It is my pleasure Janna. Way too many photos, but I couldn’t help myself. The week flew by way too fast. It sure is quiet around here!

  2. What a wonderful visit with your beautiful family! You showed them all the wonderful things that Tucson has to offer and made great memories for those little ones. Thanks for sharing them with us. And, by the way Gay, I love your hair!

    1. Thank you Sue. It was great fun and we miss them bunches. And thanks for the compliment on my hair...I have cancelled my last two appointments because of conflicts. I'm thinking I might just let it grow for awhile.

  3. Such fun meeting your family. You really kept them busy, lots of adventures, nature, and time at home. How did the pups enjoy the added attention?
    My favorite picture is the 'Grands with the grands'.

    1. Awe….thank you Jeff. I think that photo will be framed…I like it too! Good question about the pups. Sally and Dover loved the extra attention as they had lots of love pats. Jack, not so much…he is quite grumpy and was alittle afraid of the sudden movements.

  4. What a wonderful family. So glad you finally got to meet your granddaughter. Covid really put a damper on family events. I'm with's easy to see how much you enjoyed the children (and their parents) in your words. Lots of lasting memories to carry you til next time.

    1. Thank you Pam…The grand babies grow up way too fast. Love and appreciate every second we can spend with them.

  5. What a great visit and you captured such delightful moments to enjoy over and over. Real troopers to be out in that heat but everyone sure looks to be having a blast. So cute to see big brother sharing the world with his little sister.

    1. Thanks Jodee! You know all to well how special those visits with family are.