Category: Desert

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 4

On one of our remaining days in the park, we decided to explore the area off the North Puerto Blanco Drive.  We drove to the trailhead for the Red Tanks and Senita Basin hikes and decided on a 7-mile route that would take us… Continue Reading “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 4”

Lava Beds Desert Bloom

From a distance, the Lava Beds NM landscape looks fairly barren and harsh. But, up close and personal, there are many wildflowers blooming right now along the trails and roadways. On my travels in and around Gillems Bluff the other day, the sagebrush and… Continue Reading “Lava Beds Desert Bloom”

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 2

As I sit here in a very damp, cool national forest campground along the Oregon coast, I’m thinking back to the sunny, warm desert! I decided to continue on with my recap of our Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument visit in January while waiting… Continue Reading “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 2”

Big Bend Revisited II

Day 3 On Day 3 of our brief visit, we decided to do a short hike into Tuff Canyon and then head into the town of Study Butte for fuel and groceries. Tuff Canyon Trail is a short walk down into the canyon formed… Continue Reading “Big Bend Revisited II”

Big Bend National Park Revisited

Big Bend National Park is quite possibly our all-time favorite national park. We’ve visited the park several times over the years and our last visit at the beginning of January 2022 re-ignited our love of this breathtaking area. Many things have changed since our… Continue Reading “Big Bend National Park Revisited”

Desert Art

There’s not much blooming in the Arizona desert right now so my focus has been on other interesting objects in the landscape – from dead plants to human debris. In some areas of the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge, the ocotillo is bursting out in… Continue Reading “Desert Art”

Rain Clouds and Cholla in the Desert

The Teddybear Cholla is one of my favorite desert plants! It literally glows in the landscape – especially in the early morning and early evening light. The other day the skies clouded up and we actually got a sprinkling of rain in the Arizona… Continue Reading “Rain Clouds and Cholla in the Desert”