Saguaro National Park
Saguaro Cacti, Barrel Cacti, Prickley Pear, beautiful rocks and much more…
We took a drive today and headed to Tucson, to the Saguaro National Park on the Rincon Mountain District (East) side. The Cactus Forest Loop Drive is an 8-mile drive and is so pretty. Not many animals today, although we were hoping to see some. It would’ve been real neat to see the desert tortoise crossing the road or a gila monster. Of course, I can say that, because I’m staying in the Jeep. Ha!Ha!Ha!
It is always nice to see such views and being able to stop and get a photo or two along the way. I can only image the summers here. Yes, I know it’s hot like 90+ degrees sometimes, but flowers have to be absolutely gorgeous after the monsoons. Maybe someday I’ll see them, but for now, here is some color that we saw today…
The Prickley Pear Cacti, Staghorn Cholla (purple hew) Cacti, Chainfruit (jumping) Cholla Cacti and the Saguaro are four of the 25 cacti species here. The Palo Verde Tree with it’s lime-green color is amazing to look at.
I have learned that when the cholla dies it eventually turns into a cacti wood that makes home for tarantulas, so if you know me, I’m not touching it. But, I will take a photo of it over and over. So here it is for your viewing pleasure…
So, as we drive along in our Jeep, enjoying the views and the ride, I am so thankful for everything I have and everyone in my life. Life hundreds of years ago, had to be so hard while living here in the desert.
About 10-miles away, is an old cave called Colossal Cave Mountain Park. This was a great new adventure! Our tour guide was wonderful and full of history about this cave. Limestone, quartz, calcium, stalactites and stalagmites are only a few things that make this cave unique.
So thankful that the CCC back in the 1930’s, I believe, worked on putting in the walkways, steps, and handrails. It really made it easy to get through the cave.
If you ever make it to the Tucson area, you might want to check these places out. We enjoyed our day in nature and seeing if we can find new adventures around the corner.
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