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Gilbert Ray County Park, Tucson, AZ - Day 130

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Thursday, February 22, 2024 - Gilbert Ray County Park, Tucson, AZ, Day 3 & Desert Museum - 0 Miles, 3,925.8 Miles for the trip

After breakfast I packed up the camera & headed to the Desert Museum, practically next door to the campground. $27.95 with a $2.00 senior discount.

I did my morning walk at the Desert Museum; longer than my usual mile. The first stop was the live raptor exhibit. Very crowded. I arrived at the gate for the exhibit at 9:05 and there was already a crowd. The same docent that did the narration in 2022 the last time I was here.

As usual, they warn you not to stick anything above your heads since the birds fly within inches of you.

The Crowd The Docent Bird Handler Chihuahuan Raven
Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl
Caracaras Caracaras Caracaras Caracaras
Caracaras Harris’s Hawk Harris’s Hawk Harris’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawks Harris’s Hawks Harris’s Hawk Rufous Hummingbird
Steel Dragonfly Steel Grasshopper Rattlesnake Mexican Timber Wolf

While it was cool during the morning & most of the raptor exhibit, it quickly warmed up to the point where I wish I had worn shorts & a "T" shirt. I had lunch at a Quick Cafe in the museum ($17.00 for an excellent chicken & avocado salad), then went to see the bears & mountain lions (both were hiding) and the Mexican Timber Wolves which were out. After that it was 1:30 & I headed back to the trailer.

It is another one of those days where the sun is too strong & the shade (with wind) is too cool. 67°F at 2:30. Inside it is necessary to run the AC to keep the trailer below 82°F and the noise of the AC is annoying. You can't win (at least until I change the AC to a Houghton).

Since my lunch salad was huge, dinner was just some cheese & crackers.

Until Tomorrow -


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