Sunday, February 12, 2012

"Lost in Tucson"

After the To Bead True Blue Show closed, I decided to stay an extra day so I could visit with Kate, Gail, Chalon and Joyce, have a massage, rest up and maybe go shopping at a gem show. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and three of us set out for a shopping trip. We set the GPS and attempted to follow the directions. Somehow, we made a wrong turn getting ourselves "lost" on the outskirts of Tucson. We could still see the city, so there was hope. Traveling down a long road through the edge of the desert, Gail realized that she had been here before. We were on our way to St. Xavier Mission!

St. Xavier de bac Mission

 This lovely mission was established in 1692 and construction was completed in the late 1700's. It is undergoing  renovations at this time and the results are wonderful. There is a beautiful little cactus garden behind an iron fence. We strolled the grounds, took some great pictures, had Indian fry bread and visited the lovely little gift shop.  We were unable to enter the church as a memorial service was being held at the time.


I love Spirals!

Beyond this lovely fence is a wonderful cactus garden!
 We entered the cactus garden and were amazed at the beautiful colors of the cacti. Take a tour with me.
Bright Yellow fruit of the cactus
Such great texture

Purple & yellow!

I am so inspired by the colors and textures of the desert. Tucson is a wonderful city to explore. Each time I return new discoveries delight my senses!


  1. love the pictures! so great t see you and visit a little in Tucson. thank you again for your book....i love it!

  2. Wow, I've never seen a purple cactus before. It's incredibly beautiful!

    Isn't it funny how getting lost can lead to finding wonderful things? That's how I found a bead store when I was lost in Boston as an undergrad. :)

  3. I was fortunate enough to see this mission several years ago and was able at that time to enter, its really a beautiful old Mission, I can only imagine what it will look like when they finish the restoration. Sometimes the best adventures come when you get "lost" or are "temporarily misplaced" as I tell my husband.
    I can imagine you will be so inspired by these photos, something beadyfull will come of it. Happy Beading