Denise Goldberg's blog

Thursday, December 12, 2013

a cactus visit

It was a good first day, from our drive to the south (following I-10 East!) to a bit of a wander among some very tall cactus, to finding our home for the next few days. It was a day of enjoying desert scenery, of being fascinated by the very tall cactus that decorated the landscape. Did you know that saguaro cactus can grow to between 40 and 60 feet tall?

We jumped off of the highway when Denise saw the first signs for Saguaro National Park, heading for the western section of the park. It was a combination walking and driving day, following the road, pulling off and leaving the car for a bit of a hike and some camera play, repeating. It was sunny and warm with temperatures (according to the thermometer in the car) reaching into the low 70s. Denise was very happy to feel the warmth of the sun.

From the Tucson Mountain section of the park we headed across Gates Pass before dropping down to Tucson. The road changed names after we came down from the pass, wearing the name of Speedway. We followed that busy road until it dropped down to two lanes and became very quiet as it neared the eastern section of Saguaro National Park. Our home for the next few nights, the Desert Trails B&B, is on that quiet section of road.

--- Rover
in Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ