Saguaro National Park

347. Vacations and Holidays

347. Vacations and Holidays

When you live in Wisconsin, where spring snow in April, even occasionally in May, is not unheard of, it is a real vacation to spend part of spring in the desert. This is the entrance to Saguaro National Park located just west of Tucson, Arizona. On the days we visited, the temperatures had turned “summer-like” and topped 100˚F, and so we were limited in what we could do. We visit a lot of National Parks and Monuments–it’s kind of my “thing”–and we usually include long hikes in our day. But when it is 100˚ in the desert, it is advisable to not spend the day hiking in the heat.

We spent a lot of time in the Visitor Center, checking out resources. Then took an 8 mile tour of the park in our car, stopping for photos every few minutes, so the drive took us 2 hours. Finally, as evening approached, we were able to get out and do some hiking. Gorgeous–the desert in the evening, a red sunset silhouetting saguaro cacti, roadrunners “beeping” across the trail in front of us, a faint breeze still filled with the day’s warmth.

Now I have to go back to Tucson when it is a bit cooler so I can really explore this amazing habitat.


5 Responses to “Saguaro National Park”

  1. 1 tmcchesney
    April 29, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I have never been to arizona, but your images looks appealing! This summer we are taking the boys to vegas, hoover dam, & the grand canyon! Of course, we have to go in the heat of the summer, always have to work around those teenage boys schedules – go figure! 🙂

  2. 2 Gandalf
    April 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

    nice photo & story

  3. 3 Sunny
    April 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Great shot! I love your perspective. (And I wouldn’t be too inclined to go out in 100º heat, either!)

  4. April 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Wonderful image, Bo. We are national park people too, and can appreciate the fun of a long day exploring a good trail or two…

  5. April 30, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I was very lucky when I visited. It was April two years ago and the day was just perfect, with temperatures in the upper seventies with a slight breeze. I spent a full day wandering the park even though I had planned to go elsewhere in the afternoon and evening.

    Nice image. I like the symmetry.

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