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I toured the Saguaro National Park today. Saguaro is pronounced (sa-WAH-row) and they mainly grow only in this area of Arizona. For some reason this cactus has come to represent the west, specifically, the old west.
|One of the main symbols of the old west?|
The jury is still out whether I like the desert or not. It is said you either love or hate the desert. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being "love the desert" and 1 being "hate the desert", I guess I'm about a 3 or 4. This is one of the things I was curious about finding out about myself when I was thinking about visiting the desert several years ago. I guess I'll know soon if I will be spending more time in the desert or passing through quickly.
|The Saguaro National Park Visitors Center. I toured a little museum inside and bought a couple post cards.|
|A few Saguaro standing proud|
|This one had the most arms of any that I saw. It was on the right side of the road and I wasn't able to stop so I snapped this quickly|
|Notice the holes in the Saguaro near the top. Those are bird nests.|
|A field of Saguaro|
|When the Saguaro die, they lose their "skin" and what is left is their wood-like ribs. It will take a few years but eventually, it will fall over and deteriorate.|
|Entrance to the Homestead "walk". It was about a mile walk, round trip.|
|The typical desert landscape along the walking trail.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.