Here's my review of Catalina State Park when we stayed here for a few nights last year.
|The State Park is nestled in next to the Santa Catalina Mountains.|
We arrived just in time to meet up with Rick and JoAnne and their buddies Hal and Lois. We last caught up with R&J in Montana last summer when they were camp hosting at Glacier National Park. We had a great time laughing and sharing stories from the road over a happy hour. Who knows when our paths will cross again, but it's nice to know we can keep in touch through various internet avenues!
|Happy hour with Rick & JoAnne and Hal & Lois.|
Our first morning in the park clouds were gathering for the first rain storm in months. Beyond the Santa Catalina Mountains the rising sun glowed on the underside of the clouds.
|Sunrise glow on the clouds.|
With heavy rain showers forecast for the day we ran a few errands and spent the rest of the day inside our little cocoon on wheels.
|As we headed out for our errands we followed this amazing set up.|
I'd love to see the car being loaded or unloaded!
|We got a side view at the shopping center.|
We wondered why they weren't driving the car!
That evening during a break in the showers we were treated to an extremely bright rainbow that turned into a double rainbow!
Last night we had a major deluge, it seemed like the hardest rain either of us had ever experienced! We're looking forward to an explosion of life in the desert after this storm!
This morning we did a short hike up a trail that is not on the Catalina State Park trail map. I wrote about it last year here. You take a trail to the right of the Romero Ruins trail and it heads up into the hills to a small stream. Though the water was lower this year, it's a very pretty hike and everything around us was clean and fresh from all the rain in the past 24 hours.
|Excellent views towards Oro Valley.|
Hans is dressed to blend in to the desert!
Back at camp we're relaxing and watching the round tailed ground squirrels cavort around. There seem to be hundreds of them throughout the park this year...much more than last year.
|Rosie is so photogenic!|
|Contemplating a climb.|