This is a predated post as I prepare for our vacation. We will be gone for almost two weeks, flying into Seattle, Washington, catching the ferry up to British Columbia (hoping to visit the city of Vancouver) and then plan to drive down as far south as Monterey and Carmel in California. It will be fun to visit as we used to live there in the early 80's.
When we went into the visitors' center we saw a large picture on the wall showing what we might find, from fauna to wildlife.
It's very dry out there as you might imagine and for east-coasters we were pretty much prepared for the climate, except for two things. We had plenty of bottles of water in an ice-chest and sunscreen and a hat with a brim, but a good lip balm/moisturizer would have been beneficial. I forgot about that. I couldn't believe how fast my lips became dry and cracked. Gregg didn't have as much trouble but I was always feeling parched. After this particular day we headed for the first drug store we came across and added lip balm to our supplies.
If you read this sign it will give you a clue as to the second thing I should have been prepared for, for a very important area that I needed to safe guard.....
my feet ..... I should not have worn flip flops..... I should have worn the type of shoes someone might wear on a construction site, the kind with steel caps in the toes. Maybe a sturdy pair of walking boots or at least a pair of sneakers. That would have been much better. Most definitely I should NOT have worn flip flops!
Along the marked-out path you find thousands of fallen needles. Maybe a slight exaggeration, maybe not thousands but there were enough of them along the way to stick into exposed toes, namely mine. By the time we came to the end of the path it felt like a thousand.....tiny, sharp, nasty little needles. My toes were telling me they had had a run in with a porcupine. When we go to the desert again and find ourselves around this kind of cactus garden, I will make sure my feet are safely covered with thick canvas. That way I won't be massaging my sore tootsies when I finally get back to the car. Extraordinary how simple life lessons are learned on these trips.
French children complaining to father that he should have told them not to wear flip flops. No I don't speak French but I can use my imagination.
But I'm smiling because all joking aside I am having a great time seeing the kind of things I don't get to see in Virginia.
I see lizards in the summer back home - occasionally - but they're very different from this little fellow.
My first wildlife in the desert. I take many photos of him.
I think this is the only 'bloom' that I saw. It would be lovely to go back in the Springtime when everywhere is ablaze with desert flowers.
You also have to be careful not to brush exposed arms up against those needles as these teddy bears can be quite tall. There are several that stick out over the path. I can understand why pets are not allowed, not that you would want to bring them out in this heat. My tongue was practically hanging out, think of the poor dogs.......and this Cholla needs to be protected too.
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