2011 Summer Vacation, Day 8

We got started pretty early to get to a tour on time later in the day.  But I was enjoying City of Rocks too much not to capture more photographs:

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Panorama from the campsite.  Click for the full-size image:

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Looking back as we left:

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We made it to Kartchner Caverns State Park in time for our tour.  The cave was discovered in the 70s, and a good bit of effort has gone into not disturbing the hydrology of the cave so its formations continue to grow.  There’s a misting system that hosed us down as we entered the cave, to keep lint and other particles on us from floating off and sticking to the formations.  The walkway is a concrete trough that is hosed out every night.  It was pretty expensive, I thought, and perhaps not sufficiently different from Carlsbad to be worth it.  No cameras (or anything else for that matter) are allowed in the cave, so this is the best I could do:

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Next, we continued West towards Tuscon, where we stopped at the Pima Air and Space Museum.  We first did a bus tour of the “Boneyard”, a storage facility for 4,400 planes.  M and I enjoyed the tour, and B and Trish got in a nice nap:

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After that, we toured the museum itself.  It has a number of hangers, as well as 300 or so planes on display outside.  It was over 100 degrees out, so we didn’t spend much time walking the tarmac.

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After leaving the museum, we visited the Eastern unit of Saguaro National Park.  There was an odd storm coming in, so visibility was pretty poor, and there was a good bit of lightning in the distance.

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We left Saguaro and headed a bit south to Sahuarita.  The Walmart there doesn’t allow overnight parking, so we overnighted at the Desert Diamond Casino.

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We drove 307 miles today.  Karchner Caverns (B), Pima Museum (C), Saguaro National Park (D):

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