Monday, March 9, 2015

Tucson’s Desert Museum and Escapade


Tucson's Desert Museum is one of those places that if you haven’t been there, you really need to go.  It is beautiful and it is amazing.  The beautiful desert is just as you expect it to be with many types of cactus, colorful plants and, of course, saguaro cactus.  In addition it’s full of wildlife from reptiles to birds and coyotes to javelins.

We started the day off early and we’re glad we did.  The weather has been rather nice in Tucson.  Mornings are cooler and afternoons can get much warmer.  This time our timing was perfect.  We arrived at 9:30 and the first show of the day was the raptor show at 10:00.  That was on our to see list. 

The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird on the planet and can fly upwards of 200 mph.  The Chihuahuan Raven is another one that is  fast at targeting the prey and then having it for dinner.

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With Roger and Lynn we arrived within a few minutes at the show location.  It was quite a show with raptors.  We saw many different birds of prey including gorgeous ravens, several breeds of owls and even a huge Harris Hawk.  We were all enthralled with the event.

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There was much more to see and we moved around from one critter to another.  Most seemed to be visible and checking the humans out just as we were checking them out.   Here we have the javelin, coyote and corti.

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The snake and roadrunner were both behind glass.  I like to see the roadrunners free but he’s probably thriving in his life at the museum.

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Even beyond everything else, there were still the hummingbirds.  First one was eating and didn’t seem to be bothered with all the people.  The next was the best photo of all.  This hummingbird was flying back and forth collecting feed and then feeding the newly born baby hummingbird. 


The hummingbirds are so fun to watch and usually so fun to catch and this time we caught it.


We ended the evening around the campfire with Roger and Lynn, John and Sharon (HeyDuke blog) and us. 

What great people and so much fun.


The next morning would be an early one.  It was time to pull out for the first day of the Escapade.  We had heard horror stories of lines and more lines.  We were pleasingly surprised as there was hardly a line at all.  Perhaps it was because we were there before they opened the gates.  This is how 885 parked.  Well, at least the ones that weren’t lucky enough to get the spots with electrical hookups.


Some of you know these folks, Jan and Bill. They are bloggers and if there's any RV activity going on, you can usually find them there or find them here at on their blog.   

Then we discovered the Market Hall.  That was a mistake because we also found items we thought we had to have. 

The founder of Escapees gave a small speech in the afternoon.  Kay was absolutely hilarious.  We loved her sense of humor.  We also ran into other friends, Freddy and Delcie.  What fun to see them too.

There were many prizes given away that night.  I didn’t win any.  Thank goodness there are more nights and the possibility of winning is still possible.

‘Tis life on the road.


  1. We love that museum. We have gone twice..once in the morning to see the raptor show and then this last visit in the afternoon. The afternoon raptor show is different. Both shows are amazing. The hummingbirds are amazing. Your photos are super!

    We love Kay. What a smart gal.

    If you see Freddy and Delcie, please tell them we say hello. We were so sorry they couldn't make it to the Q this year. Love those two.

    1. Kay was so funny. We really enjoyed her too. We've been lucky enough to find Freddy and Delcie twice!

  2. The desert museum was on our list to see, but hopefully next time.
    Nice to see you met a few more at the event too.

  3. What a treat to see the hummingbirds feeding their babies...I too love that museum Jeri!
    Enjoy your Escapade!

    1. The Escapade is sure keeping us busy. It's been hard to find down time just to read my blogs.

  4. I wish they'd display the prizes and let us pick our own. One of the model RR groups does that. You have a much better chance of going home with something you actually want. I once won a prize at an RV rally that I didn't care about at all but I could have had a bidding war between the people who approached afterwards to see if I'd trade.

    1. Being able to trade is good. There are some great prizes that would work for me and others that you'd have to give away to the locals. Either way. It's just fun to sometimes win.

  5. We have been to the museum only once , but it is a great place:)

  6. So your Las Vegas luck has followed you to the Escapade??? Maybe I need to send you that buck I owe you right away with all that stuff you never knew you needed for sale at the Rally... :cD

  7. I'm so glad you are enjoying yourselves. I can't imagine missing such a great event when it's close by. It's just getting warmed up.

    1. It was very close and we certainly had to go. We've been very busy for sure!

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    1. Put it on your calendar for next year or maybe the year after. You'll love it.

  9. The Desert Museum was always a favorite stop when Mom lived in Tucson. My boys (men) still remember the mountain lion playing with a big orange ball :-) Great shot of the nesting hummer!! I think I'll have to attend an Escapade with a veteran attendee because it just looks awful to me :-( But I love Q so I'll have to give it a try some day.

    1. I think everyone needs to go to an Escapade at least once.


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