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Monday, March 11, 2013

Catalina State Park - Ruins, Missing Hikers and Birds

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Who knew? Well many others sure did as we had read other blogs and talked to friends, who had been here, and oh my…they were so right – we too really appreciated and loved this state park. In fact, those of us who blog seem to have a little community going – we were visited by some folks we follow Dave and Suzi of Beluga’s excellent adventure! In fact, we will be seeing them again at our next stop - Patagonia Lake State Park along with Metamorphosis Road bloggers Hans and Lisa and cat Rosie.


The staff and volunteers are friendly and most helpful, the space between sites was extensive, the bathrooms and facilities are spotless, the two dump stations (only important to us with an RV) were readily accessible, with amazing hikes and sites, and oh my goodness…the birds…this is for sure a place to revisit!


One day we headed out for a hike, drove to the main parking area and we came upon all of these TV trucks, Border Patrol cars, Police, cameras, and people. We asked what was going on and apparently a hiker went missing. Luckily he appeared a day later and was safe.


We hiked to Romero Ruins , one of the largest and most significant archeological sites within the northern Tucson Basin. From here you get beautiful panoramas as well as an insight into the prehistoric times of the Hohokam Indians.

 Another great hike we took was one of the eight trails here, the Birding Trail hike – we did see and hear many birds, however even with our binoculars they were way too busy to stop for us so we could identify them. OK, we were able to identify the Road Runner and Vermillion Flycatcher. It was a great day, we got some great photos, and were able to enjoy beautiful scenery including the Sutherland Wash. Reaching the highest point of this trail at 2, 780’ was fun!  Not too high for us Colorado folks! LOL














I have to back up here; you may remember us writing about the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. One thing we did not mention was our purchase of a tiny Hummingbird feeder. And believe me…it has been well worth the money spent! It brought us beautiful Hummingbirds. What a joy to sit out on a warm day in this beautiful park and watch the wee ones come for a drink and visit awhile. Rick was able to get some great photos!


Another helpful point I want to make about this park is its proximity to the “real world” of shopping. Take a short drive, about a mile, and you will find yourself across from any store you may want or need to visit. It’s just amazing to me, you fell so isolated in this remote area, yet on the other side of the park are all of the conveniences we RVers need every so often.

Yep, we will return to this place! More Pictures here.




12 comments :

  1. Love the hummer feeder and what a great photo!

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    1. We have found that one of the benefits of this type of feeder is - no bees!

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  2. As I mentioned to Lisa, I am so jealous that you are holding a blogger convention without us!! So wish we were there. Enjoy your time together. We're there in spirit.

    Looks like you found some great trails all ready! Learning all around. Enjoy your exploring!

    I am not big birding person, but I really do need to purchase a hummingbird feeder. That I would love. Yours is so little and cute.

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  3. The feeder is great - and no bees! Lisa and Hans stopped by for a drink and chat last night. It was great meeting them.

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  4. You got some great shots! You must have a better camera than a point and shoot! Or perhaps jut a lot of skill ;-)

    Great meeting you two last night! Love the connections the RV blogging community has offered us!

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    1. Thanks Lisa - It was indeed fun meeting. Our mission now - the Elegant Trogon.

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  5. That little red/orange bird is so pretty.

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    1. Yes it is. And it was a new bird to add to our life list.

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  6. Don't you just get addicted to those birds!
    At first look I thought you had the Northern Cardinal here then I realize it is a Vermillion Flycatcher! I did not see this guy and that is a good shot of it. Springs must be slowly creeping in there for I am seeing green in your hiking trail.
    Agree the parks shower is by far the best we have seen so far.
    I wish you luck on the Elegant Trogoon as well as the Screech Owl at Patagonia.
    -MonaLiza

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    1. Heading out tomorrow AM for more birding and another shot at the Elegant Trogon- and yes a Screech Owl would be great.

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  7. Lovely pics of the birds! Can't believe all 3 pairs of you have reconvened at Patagonia Lake SP. We're going there later in the month so it's fun to see your reviews of the place.
    Nina

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    1. Yes, it was really great getting together with everyone. As I am sure Dave and Sue will tell you be sure and get in the eastern most loop. Down where Dave and Sue were is far too crowded. Sites 12 - 18 are some of the best but some of those might be too small for you?

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