The desert, as everyone knows, is a really harsh environment to live in. It’s hot and prickly and most things sting or bite. We decided to escape all that and go to the botanical gardens with some friends who had never been there. The Tucson Botanical Gardens are wonderful oasis in the desert. A respite from the heat, though this day, it was actually really lovely at 86 degrees with a cool breeze. Thank you cold front from Alaska!
Inside the orchid house it was humid, hot and dripping. My glasses fogged up with in a minute of being in there. Somehow S was quite comfortable with her long sleeves, winter tights and fur-lined boots (she is ready for fall).
S wanted to stay there for a long time but the air was a bit stifling. When we stepped outside, the cool breeze was such a relief. It’s kind of exhilarating to step into a climate so drastically different. V was with us though she spent most of the time on my back. It’s hard for a new walker to keep up with 4 three-year olds!
This garden was originally an old homestead. They would plant large trees around the property to keep the house cool in the summer without air conditioning. The garden is full of life from all the fruit trees and herb gardens to butterflies, birds, and lizards. It’s a wonderful way to get out in into nature without leaving the city!