Sunday, March 11, 2012

Farmers Market and Museum Trip

Saturday morning we went to the historic east end of Tucson to a farmers market we heard about in one of the blogs we follow. It is right near the Amtrac station and is in the courtyard of Maynards Market & Kitchen, both a market and restaurant. It looked interesting and we will have to try the restaurant another time. The farmers market was small, but they had some produce as well as pastries, salsas, teas, soaps, copper river salmon pies and other homemade dishes, and some other items as well. We bought a banana and serrano salsa and bought a delicious coconut brioche/croissant that we shared.

Farmers Market

Old Car sitting in courtyard

Historic District

      We took Savannah with us but then headed home to drop her off before heading to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum which is just a few miles from the campground. It is a natural history museum that also includes a botanical garden and small zoo.

       Much of the Museum is outdoors with a 2 mile long trail that goes through 21 acres of desert landscaping that including 1,200 types of plants and 300 different species of animals, including bear, coyote, javelinas, gila monsters, etc. Unfortunately many of the animals were sleeping such as a bear we spotted and also a javelina.

Sleeping Javelina

Statue of Javelina in front of Museum

    There is a cave area that has samples of rocks and minerals in the area that was very interesting.


At 10 and 2 o'clock there is a raptor flight demonstration. We watched four Harris Hawks performing while a ranger gave a talk on them and other flying birds of prey, that includes hawks and owls in addition to various types of hawks.

  We  enjoyed our time in this very interesting museum


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