Saguaro National ParkWednesday, June 24, 2015
Saguaro National Park was our very first real stop of the road trip. I very clearly have a thing for cactuses so this was obviously somewhere I've wanted to go since the second I realized there was actually a national park filled with them. It did not disappoint. If I didn't love cactuses before this park, I 100% do now.
Actually as soon as we got out of the airport in Phoenix and onto the shuttle to the rental car place I was losing my mind over the all the incredible things growing in Arizona. As we were pulling out with our rental car the guy had to check Jeff's license, saw we were from Ohio, and said something along the lines of "Oh, I went there last year. You guys have a lot of green stuff..." Being in Arizona is like being in a totally different world.
It's a blast to see so many different things I can't identify or that I've never seen in person before. Speaking of, in the park we had so many encounters with wildlife! Tons and tons of lizards, jackrabbits (which are WAY cuter than the bunnies we have in Ohio!), and even a coyote who I did not take a picture of. He was casually crossing the road. Jeff and I just stared in awe. Eventually Jeff said "Aren't you going to get out your camera!?" to which my response was "No, I kind of just want to enjoy this..." I didn't want to ruin the moment shuffling for my camera. It was so awesome just to watch this beautiful thing sauntering along through the massive cactuses.
I particularly liked the cactus below in the center of the photo because it looks like he dropped something. His arms are hanging down and he's leaning forward like he maybe tripped. Do you see it? Totally silly, and maybe it was the heat getting to me but I was cracking up.
In hindsight I wish we would have spent more time there. It was hot, and we were definitely not used to the high temperatures yet. I actually had to change into shorts beside the car in the middle of the park because I was roasting. I was also having a hard time photographing what I saw. Like no picture I took could seem to capture the beauty that was surrounding me. It's certainly an amazing place, perhaps my favorite national park I've visited so far!
PS. Did you know these puppies can grow up to 50ft tall, and live 150-200 years old?! Gah! They're so cool!
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