Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saguaro National Park

 Early Saturday morning, our home got a washing and its anual wax. A great job by Xtreme Power Washing owned and operated by Jason Riker. He, along with his wife, daughter, son and friend completed the job in about 3 hours...well worth the reasonable dollars he charged...Thank you!

It was the nicest day we have had here in Tucson. A great day for a scooter ride. We headed for the Saguaro National Park via "no major highways". My first up close and personal experience with the desert and saguaro cacti....a real treat!

Saguaros are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. It is estimated that they live as much as 150-200 years old.

That's Joe (the above picture). He stands 6'2" tall so we figured this saguaro is about 35' tall. They are very slow growing cactus. A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 INCHES tall ! They can grow to be 60 feet tall and weigh between 3200 - 4800 pounds.

This is me (on the left)...the saguaro is the largest cactus in the world!

I did read that a saguaro can be 75 - 100 years old before it grows its first arm.  

Saguaro National Park has two districts located on the east and west side of Tucson about 20 miles apart. The western section (Tucson Mountain) is 15 miles from the city and is smaller than the east section. We only rode through this section on Saturday since we got a late start.
The cactus is supported by 12 to 30 internal woody ribs which can be used to build roofs, fences, and parts of furniture.
The Taylors had a great week-end....hope you did as well. Thank you for your comments and for visiting our blog. Enjoy yourselves and as we say back in GA ..."y'all come back soon !"


  1. How's the weather?? Any warmer?? Nice to have a clean rig. We cleaned ours when we got here but thanks to that darn pollen it needs it again.

    1. The weather is headed in the right direction for warmer days...high today was 76F. It's a good thing too because we are stuck here waiting for a slide motor. I do know what you mean about the pollen...UGH! Hugs to Jackson!

  2. Love Saguaro National Park. Especially in the springtime when everything starts to bloom. It is beautiful.

  3. THanks for the education. I Really did not know all that! Looks like a beautiful day, now finished with a beautiful rig :-)

  4. I didn't know all that about those cactus either. Very nice post.

  5. Oh those are gorgeous views and a washing for the MH too! Can't beat that...

    I am green with envy but, one of these days I will get there to see all the Saguaro and beautiful desert views.

    Have fun travels.

  6. I love reading and re-reading your posts and pictures! Kinda makes me feel I'm there. :-) Can't wait for the next glad you are out west and not in GA right now, waaay to cold.

  7. Josh and I really enjoyed learning about the cactus!!! never knew what the inside was like, I was kinda thinking it was more rubbery not cool!!! We The pics are amazing and so glad you had a nice day to get out and about....we love ya'll!!!