Ray And Kathy's Winter trip travel blog






























Today we headed south to Green Valley, AZ and then east to Madera Canyon which is in the Coronado National Forest. This canyon was a source of wood and lumber for early Tucson and the surrounding area. Madera is Spanish for wood our lumber. We took a short hike up the super trail looking at foliage and wildlife. We did see several black lizards. This area is another example of a Sky Island. We saw a Hepatic Tanager a new bird for both of us, a number of Mexican Jays and several Acorn Woodpeckers.

On our way back to Tucson we stopped at the San Xavier Mission. The Mission closed at 5:00, but fortunately for us we arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday just in time for Mass, so we were able to see the inside of the church. The first mission was established by the Jesuits in 1700 about two miles from the current location. The present church was started in 1783 and finished in1797 by the Franciscan Fathers Juan Bautista Velderrain and Juan Bautista Llorenz.

We finished the day with a stop at a mall for Kathy.



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