I couldn't wait to get over to our nearest National Park (we are at Davis-Monthan AFB campground) and take a hike through the desert.
This particular one was the Mica View trail that is hard-packed and disability accessible. Not sure that is a word but wheelchairs can roll on this portion.
This huge one Saguaro was really something to look at.
From their we joined up with the Cactus Forest trail. We have been out here on previous visits to Tucson but I have never really stopped and thought about "Cactus Forest". I don't know who coined that term but it is quite remarkable. And this area has a lot of big Saguaros which are magnificent all by themselves, let alone in the midst of hundreds of other ones.
A couple of days later, we returned and went on another hike a little later in the day on some different trails: Shantz, Pink Hill and Loma Verde Wash. This time we went after lunch in the heat of the day. It was mid-70's. It was beautiful and hot.
This time I noticed the wood ribs of decayed cactus that were scattered near the trail.
I guess I was most impressed with the 'wood' laying around the once used to be Cholla or Saguaro cacti. This one was in a class by itself.
From here later this morning we go up the road to Catalina State Park. Hopefully we can hike some more of those trails again.
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