Friday, December 03, 2004

Gilbert Ray Campground

On Mary Ann's quest for desert places, our next stop is Tucson Arizona. We had visited the Gilbert Ray Campground once before, and she had wanted to come back for a longer stay. Gilbert Ray is in the Tucson Mountain County Park, and is a nice little place with dozens of campsites for RV's and tents. From my point of view the campsites had electricity, which made it perfect. It is right next to the eastern section of Saguaro National Park, and the whole park looks like it was carved out of a desert botanical garden. Each site is ringed with cactus, fishhook barrel cactus, saguaro cactus of course, chollas of various types, plus other native desert plants.

As usual, we arrived in off-season, so there were plenty of sites available. By the time the weekend expired, the place was practically empty. At least empty of people. The birds were there in quantity. Mary Ann and I had writing tasks, so it was nice to spend the days sitting in the RV's driver seat, laptop perched on the steering wheel, watching the birds out the window.

It was a desert, and the water fountain across the way had a tiny bead of water in its faucet, and birds were there to get a sip. Quail, cactus wrens, curve-billed thrasher, and road runners made their way across the campsites. Each morning I woke to the calls. And each evening we watched the sunset over the mountains. We stayed a week, and we'll be back soon.

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