My Dad at the top of the road, Madera Canyon AZ
This was not my first try at showing Dad the local wildlife. I've driven him to the top of Mount Lemmon, only to get rear-ended on the way down by a motorcyclist without a helmet, who then had to be evacuated by helicopter. I also took Dad on a tram ride up Sabino Canyon about a month ago. I love driving out into the mountains or into the desert, and seeing all the wild things I can, whether they are birds or cacti or critters, or even just the wilderness of rocks and dry creek beds.
A week before the Madera trip I took Dad to Saguaro National Park East. It turned out I could get him a lifetime senior pass for next to nothing that was good for all the National Parks and recreation areas. It even gets me and the car in too when I'm with him. Good deal!
While I was in the visitor center, the rangers recommended that I bring my Dad inside to have a look out their back window:
There's a half-grown one in the foreground, and lying up against the adult, a little javalina "piglet!"
None of which meant anything to Dad. But he liked being out with me, and reading the road signs. So I tried again with Madera Canyon.
The easiest place to look for wildlife in Madera Canyon is outside the Santa Rita Lodge and gift shop. They have (mostly) shaded benches and chairs spaced in front of a variety of bird feeders, trees and a running water "bird bath" feature. If you look at the large version of the photo above, you can just about make out a Mexican Jay on the horizontal beam above the bench. But what are those big, black things on the ground?
Why, it's a flock of wild turkeys! Ten of them! And they were huge!
And Dad was bored, because there were hardly any signs to read. Ah, well.
I did better two weeks ago with an outing to the Gaslight Theatre to see Arizona Smith and the Relic of Doom. The wildly silly show (no pictures allowed during performances) seemed to make a bit more of an impression on Dad than any wild animal. It was fun, but it's not something we can do every week.
Tomorrow I think we'll go back to the Pima Air and Space Museum. Or maybe the Titan Missile Museum. Or...?
Now let's see what other Wild Things the Robins have captured with their cameras!
as of Saturday, 6/15/13, 7:30 PM MST
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