Gorgeous Sonoran desert


Short version: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument—cool place!

The reality is that since the property kisses the US-Mexico border for miles, many of the coolest places are off-limits. Sadly.

So, in the interests of attempted perkiness, let’s keep to the upbeat stuff. Like the organ pipe cacti. Each one is a large multi-armed mini-forest. Yet, my eye kept being drawn to the saguaros looming above all the other plants, and to the various cholla species, dense with spined branches, as well as the ocotillos and palo verdes, all liberally sprinkled among the ubiquitous, uh, uh…(forgot name—see how much I was looking out the window rather than studying the handouts!).

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