Something about camping… I always get up early. I don't really know why, it just happens. Also since AZ doesn't do DST (awesome) it got bright earlier.
But anyway, most of the morning was spent just hanging out. We didn't have anything scheduled until late morning, so we got to relax at the campsite for a bit. Did some scorpion hunting (and found some! ), tried looking for some other stuff (no success in finding snakes or lizards, but we did identify a gila woodpecker). I read for a bit… It was a pretty nice morning.
Later on we headed off to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. There was a guy there that gave us a great talk on the Sea of Cortez. Then we had lunch and headed off to explore the museum.
It's hard for me to write about the museum…. I'll do a lot better job documenting it in my scrapbook once I get the pictures up, so watch out for that.
It was amazing though. I got to see a gila monster, which was one of the two animals I decided I needed to see on the trip. The other being a roadrunner, which I also saw at the museum. Also there were a few really cool mountain lions that came right up to the viewing window, some pretty awesome bears, and so much more! The hummingbird aviary was awesome. The desert loop was really cool. The rocks and minerals were cool. I really liked the cave thing too. And the cacti… There was so much, and words just don't say enough!
It was also nice to see actual WILDlife. There were a few lizards around that were pretty cool, and of course birds.
After wandering around for a while I hit the gift shop, bought an expensive but awesome shirt, and then headed back to where we agreed to meet up and head out. After waiting for quite some time for the rest of the group to get there (such things happen when you travel in groups), we finally headed out.
While quite a few people elected to go into town to shop, I chose to hang out at camp. I spent most of the time reading… Some time hanging out and talking with people. They made fun of my scrawny little tent… Apparently it's small. I knew that, but everyone says it's really really small, which I wasn't entirely aware of. I call it my 1.5 person tent…..
But anyway, we hung out at camp. When the group came back from shopping (once again, done in groups it takes a large amount of time) we made dinner. Burritos, yum! I helped by cutting up some onions… Which took a bit of guidance and quite a bit of caution. I did so with no blood shed, so that was good.
After cutting the onions there was still quite a bit of time before everything was done, so I joined a group of people who had climbed up onto the vans. We had some pretty cool star gazing conditions! We hung out up there until dinner was ready. Food was too good to refuse, so that got us down.
After dinner the camp coordinator guy came and invited us to a star party. He actually told us about it the night before, so a few of us were ready to go. He had a really cool telescope set up, and showed us lots of really cool stuff. The Orion Nebula, the moon, and my favorite… Saturn! I got a picture of the moon through the telescope (it'll be in my scrapbook), but unfortunately not of Saturn. I tried, but couldn't hold the camera still long enough for it to gather enough light.
After that I headed to bed. Read for a bit, then crashed.
(Posted to LJ 04/02/2007
Pulled from LJ
Imported to WP 07/09/2009)