Sunday, March 14, 2010

Arizona-Sonora Museum

This is someplace that we have wanted to visit since we started coming to Arizona for the Winters.  We had heard many good comments from friends about this museum, and it didn’t disappoint.

We decided to go on Saturday, which breaks the retiree’s rule.  You know what that is? Never go to an attraction on a weekend when you can go during the less crowded weekday.  But Jeni was able to join us so that made it worthwhile for us to brave the crowds.  And there were crowds.  It was a beautiful 75 degree day with no winds.  So everyone decided to go to the museum.IMG_1950

It’s a very large park, which spread the crowd out.  We got there around lunchtime, so we went to the cafe which was very nice with a lot of different choices from salads to Mexican food.  Then we rushed to the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration.  This is a free flight of Harris’ Hawks that fly over the spectators just about their heads.  First one is brought out, then it’s joined by an additional hawk, then a third, and finally the fourth, which is a female.  It’s unusual that the female is about at third larger than the males.  I took a lot of pictures, and here’s some examples.IMG_1833


IMG_1831It was a great show.  Don’t miss it if you go to the museum.

The museum covers all of the areas of the Arizona areas including a Desert Loop, Desert Grasslands, Mountain Woodlands, a Riparian Corridor, plus a walk in aviary and a hummingbird enclosure.

It included many animal exhibits including Big Horn Sheep, Mexican Wolves, Black Bears, Mountain Lions, and Linda’s favorite snakes.IMG_1887IMG_1902IMG_1911 One of our favorites was the Hummingbird Aviary.IMG_1960 There was a special art exhibit featuring, are you ready, Canines! They didn’t allow picture inside of the exhibit, but I was able to take some pictures of the outside sculptures.IMG_1953IMG_1954

This one was our favorite.  What was amazing was there was one picture of a yellow lab laying on quilt on a bed that we have in storage.  It shows what good taste we have!

We had a great day and closed down the place.  The only one not happy was Pearl because her dinner was a little late.

To visit the website of the museum, click here:

If you want to see all of the pictures I took that day,about 175 pictures, please click here:


Connie said...

So Cute!!!

Dkalla said...

I love the picture of Linda and Jeni!!! And I can just hear Linda with the dog exhibit...:-) Glad to hear you broke the retiree's rule to spend quality time with your daughter at such a fun place!