Early bloomers

The yuccas are just blooming and one cactus is about to bloom

The sky has been so beautiful

Looking back on Antelope Mountain, which I passed yesterday, and the Santa Catalinas (with snow) in the background

Gotta go find some water

Junco

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

Junco