I have long wanted to go birding in Southeastern Arizona. They have a wonderful variety of birds that can’t be found anywhere else in the US. Many birds are residents of Mexico. So when my husband suggested we plan a long weekend trip to SE Arizona, I was thrilled!
It takes over 7 hours to get there from our house. The day we left, a front was blowing through and we were driving with a headwind that was 50 mph+. Terrible conditions for traveling. At one point, we lost quite a bit of visibility.
By the time we got to Tucson, the sun was starting to set. Thankfully the wind had died down considerably. We had just enough time to stop in at a beautiful historic mission located just south of Tucson. It’s called the Mission San Xavier Del Bac and was completed in 1797. When we arrived, it had just closed for the day. Too bad….I would have loved to see the inside. But the outside is just stunning!
The mission is undergoing restoration. You can see the left side is all new and white. The right side is now being restored. They have removed the dome and will restore it at a later time.
I loved all the many details of the mission. It was fun to explore.
The desert gardens around the building were very nice.
There were a few birds around the mission. I managed to get a few pics in the low light.
There’s a hill next to the mission with a shrine to Virgin Mary. It had a gate with interesting lion statues.
As we hiked to the top of the hill, the views got more expansive.
As we were leaving I took this last shot of the property. I thought it looked like God shining from the heavens.