Saguaro National Park is split into a large, but a bit inaccessible, east park and a smaller, more accessible west park. We decided to go to the west and found a really nice county park – complete with prickly pear cacti and saguaro – just outside the national park where we could camp.
We drove a bit down a loop drive (dirt road) where we parked to let Felix get his nap (like in White Sands).
Unfortunately we (again) didnâ€™t have much luck with him falling asleep, but we had a great place for sunset pictures.
This park also closes (half an hour after sunset), but where White Sands has a ranger in a car driving around getting people out, they just closed the entry to the one-way loop drive (we could easily get out of the loop drive about 2 hours after sunset).
Felix went to sleep just 15 minutes after we stated driving, and he slept so tight that he didnâ€™t notice that we drove to the campground, made his bed, put his PJâ€™s on, put him to bed â€“ and cooked dinner right next to his bed. He slept, without waking up a single time, until the next morning around 8. I guess he was tired.
The second day we went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We expected a small, sleepy, museum with a few cacti and some displays, but found a really interesting â€œbotanical gardenâ€ and zoo â€“ all about the local habitat. They had Coyotes, Javelina (some pig like animal), bobcats, mountain lions, snakes, fishes, bees, hummingbirds and their star â€“ the Gila Monster â€“ along with a cactus garden and many other displays of native plants. It was so interesting that we actually used most of the day here .. and we didnâ€™t even see it all.
Naturally Felix got to get his nap very late, and he didnâ€™t want to let himself go to sleep â€“ when he finally did it was actually too late, but we had promised him that we would grill sausages that evening .. so we did; according to Felix sausages are worth getting up for 😉