Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog

arm-y family

barrel cactus

budding arm


thorny hug

looking down

saguaro forest

saguaro frame


Saguaro National Park has two sections, widely separated by the city of Tucson. Today we went to the west side and the saguaro cactus forest there was even thicker than the one we saw in the east last week. If we stay here long enough I can envision getting tired of cactus, but to our midwestern eyes, these thorny, gnarly shapes are fascinating. We took a hike on a clearly marked trail, but somehow ended up in a wash instead. Washes are the sandy paths made by rushing torrents of water on those rare occasions of hard rain. Since the national park is close to the city, we used Google Earth on the Iphone to verify that the wash would bring us back to the parking lot. No reason to get lost in the wilderness around here!

The cold spell is a distant memory and the weather is exactly what we came here for. For the foreseeable future it will be in the high 60º's/low 70º's and sunshiney bright.

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