Cholla City

Since I dropped into the low desert it’s all about cacti, particularly chollas, and wildflower.

This shot shows the Catalina Mountains in the distance – I came over them three days ago

Right now I’m sitting among cacti

The chainfruit cholla is the king here

The plant kind of glows in the right light

It drops little baby chollas everywhere and my inflatable sleeping pad is at great risk!!

This is a superbloom year based on the wet winter and in some areas the desert floor is carpeted

A few more of the day yesterday

There’s no shade except near a large cholla

This place is incredible!!

Trail magic:

Above you can see what saguaro roots look like

Gotta push on



  1. Donna · April 1, 2019

    The flowers are magnificent! I miss my chollas and their beautiful blooms. However, I do not miss their spines/pickers. They are impossible to see when one is stuck with one. Be very careful.


  2. Jenny Keim · April 1, 2019

    Beautiful photos! How are you getting your water? Supply drops?


  3. Sally D'Antonio · April 1, 2019

    The Catalina Mountains are beautiful! I hope you are enjoying this scenic journey as much as we are!


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