|I never get tired of saguaros so you might as well get used to seeing pics of them!|
This many-armed cactus must have had one really good year to sprout so many arms in one area.
This specimen lives in the area immediately behind our rv park.
|Even the dead ones can be fascinating!|
This one looks like it's wearing a very old, very stretched out sweater.
|One day we biked from the rv park to the Gilbert Ray campground in TMP. |
Wonderful rolling hills among the lush desert plants...though one had to be very careful of the cactus!
|Spotted a young crested cactus! This was probably about half a mile South of the Old Tucson Studios, |
perhaps on the Avery Bryce or Mariposa trails. The trails were not well marked in this area.
We hiked a 5.5 mile loop from the Sarasota trail head, using the Starr Pass and Yetman trails. We hiked the loop counterclockwise which made for a long and fairly easy climb, with a short and pretty steep with loose rocks, descent. Good variety of terrain and excellent views on this loop, plus a couple of crested saguaros! We were really glad we had cloudy skies during the uphill portions of this hike!
|Heading into the foothills near the beginning of the trail.|
|Hans thought the chollas were good enough to eat!|
|Wonderful crested beauty on the right side of the Yetman trail through the wash section.|
|Part of the Starr Pass portion of the trail follows a ridge line with a steep drop off overlooking SE Tucson.|
|Another crested saguaro right by the parking area.|
We've had some great sunsets lately too.
|The last rays of sun cast a beautiful glow on the the mountains behind the rv park.|
|Need I say more?|