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dave6253 04-26-2010 03:35 PM

The Sonoran Desert - My Son's Homework Project
Day 1: Friday April 16th

My son Matthew will reach his first double digit birthday this summer.

After a full day of school and work, we load up and hit the road.

The first order of business is to escape the Phoenix Metro. We choose East on US 60.

That's my boy! Unfortunately he didn't do this much.:dunno

The Superstition Mountains

Four Peaks in the Distance

Canyon Lake

A short day in the saddle for us both.

Our Accomodations at Tortilla Flats

We go about setting up camp.

Then take a nature walk before the sunset.

I planned this trip weeks ago and was just waiting until we had the right weekend to do it. We were going to do it a few weeks earlier, but Matt had to bail at the last minute. I rode "Alone in the Arizona Desert" instead.

I had a couple surprises planned to make the trip memorable for Matt. His teacher then sent home his homework project. I was tasked with helping him write a report on an Arizona subject. There was an entire list of subjects to choose from. I ruined the surprise and told Matt to chose the Sonoran Desert because we were riding to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.

But he still doesn't know we are going to the Pima Air Museum as well.

These guys make ferocious football players. (Good shot Matt)

We made hot dogs for dinner, but neither of us really felt like eating them.

Yes, I made him blow up his own bed.

This little guy tried to follow Matt inside.

Matt goes to bed to read a little...

...while I stay up to shoot the stars.

Tomorrow will be Matthew's longest day on the bike, and we shoot to many pics at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.

nvdlboy 04-26-2010 03:42 PM

Desert camping!! Looks like great fun. I wish my kids got cool assignments like this one...

dave6253 04-26-2010 04:06 PM

The Apache Trail
I boot Matt out of bed. Gotta get and early start!

The water crossing at Tortilla Flats was getting low. The asphalt was in bad shape from all the recent flooding.

Off we go to explore the Apache Trail.

Down Fish Creek Hill

Apache Lake
Still Apache Lake

Roosevelt Lake

PishPosh 04-26-2010 05:45 PM


Can I ask, what kind of lens that is on your camera?

larryboy 04-26-2010 05:56 PM

Nice report, guys!!


TwilightZone 04-26-2010 06:03 PM

Awsome ride... he will remember that for his life!

clarkkent14 04-26-2010 06:31 PM

Great pics! You have a good eye for design. That looks like fun, he'll be sure to remember this trip :)

PinkPillion 04-26-2010 07:02 PM

HOW FUN!! Super pictures!

Suzuki Phil 04-26-2010 08:37 PM

Forget the school work, your son will remember this adventure for the rest of his life. Thumbs up dad :clap.


dave6253 04-26-2010 09:15 PM


Originally Posted by PishPosh

Can I ask, what kind of lens that is on your camera?

Pentax DA*16-50 f2.8 SMC

It's large and heavy for a walking around lens, but is weather sealed.

dave6253 04-26-2010 09:30 PM

The Road to Tucson

With a forecast of sunny skies and temps between 60s and 90s Farenheit we didn't pack more than one sweater each. That one sweater was the only thing protecting us from the cool morning air ripping through our mesh jackets. Brrrr! (When you live in the Arizona Desert, 50s is cold.)

The Catalinas still have snow.

We stopped in Tucson for food and fuel. We tossed our Subway sandwiches in the side bags and struck out west of town into the Tucson Mountain Park.

Gates Pass

Our New Home for the Night.

Matt's longest day yet. It's only noon, we will add another 25 or so miles today. More than 200 miles for a 9 year old.

We quickly set up camp and scarf down the sandwiches.

The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is just down the road...:evil

dave6253 04-26-2010 10:21 PM

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
Ok Dude! Time to do the homework.

Mountain Lion


Mexican Grey Wolf

The "museum" is more of a pretty cool zoo of local wildlife with beautiful desert scenery.

It was over 90 degrees. We walked around over 4 hours shooting photos.

Beep! Beep! Roadrunner!

Cactus Flowers in So Many Colors

It was HOT!


Mourning Dove


mcc66 04-26-2010 10:52 PM

Great photos, love the colours. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing more.:thumb

BusyWeb 04-27-2010 12:01 AM


Saso 04-27-2010 06:43 AM

Now that's a field trip! :clap

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