Wandering through the Desert

I don’t usually have the opportunity to hike through a desert, but that sunny afternoon in early March was absolutely perfect desert-hiking weather.

We headed to the outskirts of Phoenix to the Sonoran Desert Preserve. We didn’t have a lot of time, but time enough to wander up the hillside through the blooming brittlebush and saguaro. Each cactus seemed to have a different personality as they stood guard over the park.

Cindy’s favorite were the cholla cactus (also known as the teddy bear). Their spikes glistened in the afternoon sun, illuminating them against the royal blue sky.

The first thing we saw as we started up the path was a lady on a horse, adding to the old west panorama (though I don’t think old west cowboys/girls wore helmets.)

I am intrigued at all the different landscapes – even in our own country.  Each has a different type of beauty and is breathtaking in its own way. I think that’s why I love to travel so much – to think God created this all for us to enjoy.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)

Spring has come to the desert
Horse and rider


Cholla or teddy bear cactus
Phoenix in the distance


Me by a saguaro cactus
A blooming brittlebush


Cindy standing by a saguaro


Cholla cactus


Cactus on a Hill


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