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 !"