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The Sonora Desert, barren, desolate and hot!
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Your grandparents decided to hike the Sonora Desert in Saguaro National Park. The whole park is inside the desert.
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The park is named for the large number of Saquaro cacti in the desert.
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Sign pointing to the start of the Cactus Forest Trail.
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Sign showing distances to different sites along the Cactus Forest Trail.
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Grandpa Roy poses. Notice the small water bottle in his left hand.
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Grandma Bert poses next to a giant Saguaro cactus, the largest species of cacti in the world. The Sonora Desert is full of them.
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Grandpa Roy dying of thirst. He has taken his hat off to get just a little cooler in the hot, February (!) sun.
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A view up a hill.
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Grandma Bert on the Voksmarche trail. The hike your grandparents were on was a so-called Volkssport Year Round Event. It was a tad over 6 miles long and they ran out of water after only a couple miles.
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Grandma Bert poses beside a Saquaro cactus that is not so large, yet.
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Saquaro cactus.
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Cane Cholla cactus.
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Possibly Cane Cholla cactus.
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Flowering Arizona Barrel Cactus.
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Purple Prickly Pear Cactus.
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Prickly Pear Cactus and flowering Arizona Barrel Cactus.
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Many types of cacti bloom and even bear edible fruit.
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The visitor center. It seemed a million miles away to Grandpa Roy.