There is nothing more iconic that symbolizes the Southwest than the saguaro cactus (pron: sa-wa-ro). And there is nothing like driving just outside of Tucson, Arizona where there are literally millions of them covering the hillsides. They only grow in this region and each one is unique with their own shapes and sizes. You can’t help letting your imagination make up stories about their personalities. So add us to the list of people who spent a fantastic afternoon wandering through the saguaro and coming up with names. Have you ever done this?
“Welcome! Hey, free hugs! Hello there! Hi!”
“A long long time ago, there were five little cacti …”
“Oh this is going to be SO GOOD!”
“Now calm down a little Margie, you don’t want to fling another needle.”
” … and they lived very happily with their parents and many millions
of aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, great aunts, great great
The Hippie … Peace!
“I can spin five basketballs at the same time. But don’t blink, it all deflates pretty quickly.”
Lifelong Friends … High Five … A Prickly Pair
The Family That Hikes
“C’mon, just a little farther, kids. We’re almost there. Jimmy’s almost at the top.”
I Heart You (paddle cactus)
We’d love to hear your own takes on these iconic saguaros so comment below or head on over to our Facebook to partake in the fun.
Wishing you Happy Discovering!
xoAmy & Mr.D
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum — Cactus Fact Sheet