What to do on a Saturday night in Tucson, go to . . .

We went there with our friends Sharon & Garth.

First we had dinner, which is always good at Little Anthony’s, plus we had entertainment!

We saw Marilyn Monroe and Sandra Dee, Elvis left the building.

There is something cool about old cars. They have a certain charm that modern cars will never be able to duplicate. Including things like nostalgic style and uniqueness among other things.

I know that modern cars designed for safety, fuel efficiency, have less noise, and the smell of a new car is wonderful but the Oldies are Golden.

Who didn’t know someone with a Beetle? My cousin had one with decals all over it like this one.

Gotta Love the old Corvettes.

How about a 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster, – The First SUV Crossover.

How about a  1963 Volkswagen Classical Bus Double Cab Pickup.

1961 chevy carrier pickup

Cars from the from the late 1960s to the 1970s are what I call boats. They were very long some of them were 20.5 feet long. I don’t know much about them only that they are way cool, I know Dave would know all the cars, but he’s not doing this blog I am.

Check out 1968 Volvo. Dave’s old girl friends father drove one and it brought back a lot of memories when he saw it.

The come as you are cars & trucks. They still have their own appeal.

We both liked this 1962 Healey.

I love the chrome on classic cars. The air plane on top, the globe in the center and the bumpers.

A couple of Model T fords. Sharon posing by the skeleton head.

1930s Coups cars, with great colors and looks.

This nice lady really loved her 64 GTO, she was cleaning the engine and keeping it sparkly clean just before we got there.

Interesting old trucks.

Garth checking out the cars air conditioning, the tube right above the food.

1950 diners.

Another fun time at Little Anthony’s Diner

Voyager RV Resort hosted the Southwest Native American Flute Festival

We didn’t realize that the Native American Flutes, made of wood, are popular here nor did we realize how different they sound from a regular flute. How neat it was to hear them played by these famous internationally acclaimed Native American Flutists.

Jenn Steege does hymns for meditation with her flute.

Handmade & painted

Matthew Machu playing the Didgeridoo a really neat sounding type of flute.

The didgeridoo is played with vibrating lips to produce a continuous drone while using special breathing to produce a continuous tone without interruption, called circular breathing. The didgeridoo was developed in the northern Australia at least 1,000 years ago, and is now in use around the world. .

A didgeridoo is usually a cylinder or cone, and can measure anywhere from 3 to 10ft long. Most are around 4 ft long. Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower its pitch or key. Flared instruments play a higher pitch than unflared instruments of the same length. Anyway it’s a hard instrument to learn and play so we were happy to see Matthew playing this unique instrument. He also makes them.

Sherrie Davis is an Internationally acclaimed, award winning Native American Flute recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Rona Yellow Robe first picked up the Native American flute in 2002, and has since used it throughout her life as a musician, teacher and healer.

Bernard Wolfsheart Weilguni is Native American flute player & singer and a three time Native Music Award winner. He played various songs, one was Desperado by the Eagles and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, he used all his flutes in various parts of the song. They both sounded really neat.

We went to see Matthew Machu play the Didgeridoo a bit early so we saw Jenn Steege, followed by Matthew. They were both good so we stayed to see three more. Not knowing much about the Native American wooden flute, we really enjoyed listening to them play.

We went to the

Everyone who went to The Desert Museum told us to go there because it was an awesome place to visit. We went there on Tuesday the 25th of March and like everyone told us the museum was incredible.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. Located just west of Tucson, Arizona, it features two miles of walking paths traversing 21 acres of desert landscape.

Their mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by forwarding love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Visitors come from all over the world to walk its beautiful desert paths and explore naturally landscaped live animal exhibits.

The tool they use to take the fruit off the top of the Saguaro when it blooms.

The flower on top of the saguaro

The fruit on top of the saguaro

Did you know that they had Parrots in the Desert? This is a The Thick-billed Parrot and it is one of only two parrot species native to the United States. These parrots live in the Sonora Desert. 

We took a tour called the “Discovery Tour.” Our guide pictured above was a very informative guy. He took us to various cactus and plants and told us many things about them. What you could use them for – eating, medicine, tea, healing, and other uses. Like with the prickly pear plant. The (jelly stuff) in the prickly pear pulp lowers levels of “bad” cholesterol while leaving “good” cholesterol levels unchanged. Another study found that the sticky stuff in the fruit may lowers diabetics’ need for insulin. He brought a sample of healing salve from a plant. And told about the mesquite tree that it is extremely effective in controlling blood sugar levels. He also had an oil that came from a plant that was used for lamp oil. The Indians used everything in a plant or cactus they didn’t waste a thing. What I want to know how did they know which plant was poison and how they went about discovering all of this? Trial and error I guess.

There is even Mountain Lions in the desert.

And even prehistoric bones!

One of the reasons we went to the museum was to see the wild flowers and we weren’t disappointed.

The Blue Weber Agave above, is used to make Tequila! What a great agave is that!

A few of the cactus were starting to bloom. It must look incredible when they all are in bloom.

A labyrinth is one line, meaning there is only one path to the center and back out. The path twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the center. Once at the center, there is only one way back out. There is no set time for how long it takes to walk a labyrinth since each one is unique.

Patterns range from simple to complex, and sizes of labyrinths vary. Walking a labyrinth requires you to merely follow the pattern, with no puzzle to figure out. This lets your mind focus on your meditation or prayer.

The labyrinth symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination (such as a pilgrimage to a holy site) or the journey through life from birth to spiritual awakening to death. Labyrinths can be made of stone, wood, plants (such as hedges), or other materials. They may even be painted on a floor. When you reach the middle you are to sit and chill, like we did, and then walk out. You can’t step over a line or you will have to start again.

Birds, Butterflies and Bees are in this area

They even have milkweeds in the desert.

The Bird House

We didn’t see any bees, but we could hear them.

We heard a lady who yelled snake, it went right in front of me! Dave was right in front of her and he didn’t see it. we went back to take this picture and there it was a poisonous snake. That’s why they have these signs all over.

Rattlers, their much safer in here.

We never knew all of these plants and creatures were in the desert. It’s amazing, we thought it was just dry and flat with tons of sand.

That ends our day at The Sonora Desert Museum. We’ll have to come back because we didn’t see half or more of it. It’d an awesome museum.