I have been in Tucson for the past week working with the American Board of Radiology (ABR) to develop some exam questions. Cindy and I arrived a few days early to photograph Saguaro National Park and the surrounding areas of Tucson. I hope you enjoy these images!
The opening image of this blog is of the famous, Mission San Xavier del Bac, located just south of Tucson. It was established by Father Kino in 1732. It still serves as an active place to worship for the Tohono O’odham congregation. It’s magnificent design and intricate interior artwork have earned it the nickname, “The Sistine Chapel of North America,” San Xavier is perhaps the best example of Mission architecture in the United States. 
We also visited the Tumacacori National Historical Park, located just a few miles south of Tubac (a burrow located 44 miles south of Tucson). By the way, Tubac is the oldest European-settled city in Arizona. Mission San Jose de Tumacacori was first listed in 1961 as an outlying settlement by Father Kino and is one of the oldest in Arizona. 
Cindy and I had a great time exploring, photographing, and learning some Southwest history.
We finished off the journey with a visit to Old Tucson Studios.
1. Yamnitz J. Explore the Southwest’s Spanish History on the Anza Trail. Visit Tucson – Official Destination Guide. Fall/Winter 2010. p. 22,23