road trip 2009: Part I

Earlier this summer we enjoyed the opportunity to take a road trip across the United States to visit my family in Tucson and to visit several national parks.  We had a fabulous time.  This post will highlight the fun we had in Tucson while subsequent posts will chronicle our travels through Glen Canyon & Lake Powell, Bryce, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Four Corners, and Mesa Verde.

Our stay in Tucson gave us the opportunity to spend time with my whole family.  Many evenings were spent playing games.

Will enjoyed matching wits with his Grammy at backgammon.

Will also enjoyed playing with his Uncle and Aunt’s cat.

We beat the heat by spending the afternoons swimming.

The cousins also enjoyed playing together.

One Saturday evening we visited the Sonoran Desert Museum, one of our favorite destinations in Tucson.  The museum stays open late on Saturdays in the summer.  Outside they have several statues of javelinas, which I always like to photograph the kids near.  While their cousins still enjoyed that, Will and Ben clearly feel too cool for that anymore. 🙂

I always enjoy the desert in the evening; and the evening of our visit to the museum was especially nice.

Our visit ended too soon as always.  But before we left I was able to capture a few additional images of my adorable nephew.

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