Thursday in Tucson was our "fun day". Mediacom gave us three options of excursions and we were allowed to pick one. We chose to go to Sabino Canyon for a tour. Our tour wasn't until lunch time, and Matt had a business meeting in the morning for breakfast. We woke up around 6:30 every morning (9:30 GA time), so I had plenty of time to kill until Matt's meeting got over around 11. I spent the morning in our room: I ordered room service, read my book, took a nap, and took my time getting ready. It was wonderful!
When Matt's meeting got over, we spent a little while walking around the resort and checking out the view before it was time to meet up with our group. Our resort was right at the base of the Catalina Mountains - and it was beautiful.
A panoramic shot from one of the balconies at the lobby of the hotel.
It almost didn't even look real to me sometimes. It felt like I was looking at an image projected on a green screen.
The lobby had beautiful views through its huge windows!
It was about a 20 minute bus ride from our resort to the canyon. Once we got to the canyon, we had a tram tour through it. There was some miscommunication with Mediacom and the travel company about what time we were supposed to be back at the resort, so we weren't allowed to actually get off the tram and walk any of the trails. Matt and I both were super disappointed in this. But it was a beautiful ride while we were there! Our tour guide was a older, very dry humor lady. She cracked us up, even if we were mad at her for not letting us get off.
There were saguaro cacti everywhere. I loved it. The tour guide told us that saguaro don't start to grow their arms until they are 50-75 years old! And some of them never grow arms.
This rock face looks a lot like the guys at Easter Island!
Since this is a national park, visitors aren't limited to certain trails or areas. It was nice to see people just exploring wherever they wanted to! I loved seeing all of the families enjoying this little "beach" near the stream.
At the top of the canyon the tour guide let us off the tram for literally 1 minute before we had to begin our journey back to the start.
This cliff face behind me is approximately 400 feet high - the same height as a 40 story building!
After the tour, we had a few minutes to look through the gift shop. We got some prickly paw cactus candy and jelly and some cactus seeds for our family.After our canyon tour, we went back to our room to take a nap and get ready for our dinner. This night, we went to a local restaurant where we were supposed to have dinner and do some star gazing with an astronomer. Of course, it was super cloudy, so the star gazing go cancelled, but dinner was very nice!