Phew! I have been so busy that I have not even really been on the computer. So I pulled together these pictures from the hundreds of photos that I took on our vacation to Tucson, Arizona.
This is my son Eli, who is constantly going at top speed. Occasionally though, his energy tanks hit empty and he crashes. Especially when he has been in the car nearly all day. It is a long drive for us to visit my husband's family in Tucson (about 14 hours), especially with 3 kids! But the kiddos did great in the car and took some great naps.
Mainly One Color
I told my son Jonah that there were pink and purple cacti, and he didn't believe me! So I showed him these prickly pear cacti that are in front of Grandpa's house. Kind of pretty, aren't they?
The prickly pears are not quite as sharp as the saguaro that is also in his yard. Check out the spikes on this green giant.
This is one of the inhabitants of the desert that looks "soft", but most certainly isn't! This is a teddy-bear cholla. It is called that because it looks soft and cuddly, especially from afar, but those spikes are sharp!
This on the other hand is one of the few soft plants that I found. I am pretty sure it is a cresote bush, but I could be wrong!
While we were out in the desert visiting Saguaro National Monument, we had a great time counting the arms on the saguaros. Many of them had more than a dozen arms (but this is not one of them!). You can't see them all, but this saguaro has about a dozen holes in it, most of which were probably made by the cactus wren on the top.
It was so warm in Tucson that they hang their clothes out to dry, even in the winter. I love to hang my clothes out on the line, but I only get to do it during the summer. So here is a picture of the boys' clothes on my clothesline from earlier in the year.