Mission San Xavier del Bac, the White Dove of the Desert, is a photogenic mission church serving the village of Wa:k on the Tohono O’odham reservation. We were back today with Alex and Sarah. So, more pictures and this important note: because it’s on the reservation, they have Indian fry bread (with honey and powdered sugar).
We last visited the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum on Christmas Day 2014. We just signed up for an annual membership again in time to take Alex and Sarah.
Saguaro National Park has two segments: East and West. We visited the East again. It was a quick stop at the visitor center with time for a few pictures.
Finally to OdySea Aquarium again. Very unlike the New England Aquarium in Boston, but a satisfactory experience anyway.
Butterfly Wonderland was featuring Bugtober as a temporary exhibit. They also have a small aquarium section and a small reptile exhibit.
A couple years ago we visited Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale with our youngest grandson, Butterfly Aquarium. We went back this year (revisited) with our oldest grandson and his wife. There were some things the same and some different.
It has been over a decade since we visited the Heard Museum here in Phoenix. The contents here started with the Heards’ collection of Indian arts. The collections are extensive and informative.
Our final stop was Grand Teton National Park. I used my tetons joke last year, Le Trois Tetons.
So here’s a funny story. We stopped in Yellowstone where a crowd had gathered with their binoculars and scopes. Bill had both binoculars and a scope. So we were able to see a watering hole where wolves had gathered and then gone up the hill. This was maybe 600-800 yards away. I saw two wolves through Bill’s scope. On the hillside there was apparently a carcass, maybe elk. A grizzly and several wolves were there for the feast. I watched the grizzly running away with maybe a haunch. The wolves were there too at the top of a ridge.
In Yellowstone National Park the animals are everywhere. Visitors are advised that these are wild animals so keep your distance: 25 yards for grazers, 100 yards for bears and wolves. Here are pictures of some of the animals we saw this trip with links to last year’s.