The Sonoran Desert, Part 2

Mission San Xavier Del Bac – Tucson, Arizona

This national historical landmark is the only remaining mission in Arizona, that’s intact. Native Americans sell their bread and wares beneath shelters outside the church.425 (640x346)

The mission is a working parish for the Tohono O’odham people, that still live nearby. There are several masses a week.

This structure was begun in 1783. Construction of the mission continued for fourteen years before the money ran out. This caused the dismissal of artists and master artisans.The east tower was left bare with no dome or lantern. Inside, the baptistry and choir loft along with paintings were left unfinished.

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The Baptismal font, all original and still standing. The church is being restored by The Patronato San Xavier group. More than ten million dollars has been raised and spent to repair and stabilize the original adobe brick.

Desert Animal’s and some Fire ants. No Rattlers this trip, thank goodness.

I never thought I would think a desert would have such beauty. It’s gorgeous surrounded by the ever-changing mountains. As the sun rises and sets, it touches each peak with its brilliance, not missing any of the ranges. As the day progresses it creates shadows and color changes. It’s absolutely magnificent to observe. Most of the cacti were beginning to bud, and there was much more green than I expected to ever see in a desert. I’m so grateful to have had this spring experience.

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Did you know this? I didn’t.

The tree above appears to have maybe large nests in it. When I asked about the bird or animal that made their homes in these trees, I was astonished to find out, these weren’t nests at all. The large clumps are mistletoe plants, and if they aren’t harvested they can cause damage to the trees and possibly kill them.

Mistletoe grows in the desert, who would have thought?

New Mexico-I couldn’t leave without having at least one famed Margarita. Check-out the pink Chihuahua on the side of the glass. You can’t get much more authentic than that! Our meal was fantastic too.

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As always, thanks for stopping by my blog. See you again next month.



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3 responses to “The Sonoran Desert, Part 2

  1. George Moore

    What a place to go visit. Would love to see this. Great story, and pictures.


  2. Love the photos! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.


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