Survival of…the fittest?

Well, I’m not so sure how fit we are but we survived a good hike yesterday in the Saguaro National Park.

We checked in at the visitor’s center first. Back in New Mexico at White Sands, we bought a Senior Pass which gets us free admission to national parks but we still have to show the pass each time. The short video we watched was less about what we would see outside than it was about Indian beliefs about the saguaro (pronounced sah-wah-roe).

If saguaros were what you came for, you got your wish. And believe me, not all of them are created equal.

You have to wonder what causes the cacti to begin arms at all after 70 years or so, let alone the configuration of them. Some have one and others sport lots. It makes for interesting scenery.

We bought adjustable hiking poles recently and put them to good use yesterday. We used one each but may go back for another set so we can each have two. They really come in handy on uneven terrain and help burn calories even when walking on pavement. The trail we took was about 2.7 miles one way and ended at Wasson Peak, about 1800 feet higher than where we started.

Lest you mistakenly think we only went one-way on this hike, there was no tram or helicopter waiting to bring us down. I wish I had counted all the steps! Every one on the way up meant hoisting yourself up and each one on the way down meant…well, you get the picture.

Today we’re going to Mt. Lemmon and probably Sabino Canyon with another couple, but probably will not be as ambitious since our friend has hip problems. And we can use the rest!

 

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3 Responses to Survival of…the fittest?

  1. Barbara says:

    Anne; Did you get your hair cut? Looks cute! Barb

    • 2010liberty says:

      Yes, but it’s not like yours. Without a TON of “stuff”, it’s flat, flat in the back, so I’m content with the spikey top for now. Works a lot better with a hat while hiking than the old way.

  2. joyv54 says:

    Saguara cactus add arms for balance which explains their unusual placement.

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