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    Cactus Passion

    Since someone else had to go and post a Log Ride Passion and we dont have them here I was feeling left out. Figured I could share in some pointy bush passion instead and also send warm wishes to everyone who's riding season is about to be over.

    You can eat from them.


    Ride thru forests of them


    Stare at their pretty flowers


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigworm520 View Post
    Figured I could share in some pointy bush passion instead and also send warm wishes to everyone who's riding season is about to be over.
    I don't think I have ever seen a cactus in person (but would like to at some point), and I think that picture of riding through a "forest" of them is really neat! However, I simply must take issue with this statement. Just because it gets cold in some areas does not mean the riding season is over, and in fact, the most fun season is about to start!



    Just thought I would clear that up.

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    Stormwalker: Nice shot, I grew up back east & don't know how you guys/gals consistently ride in those conditions!! Core. I can't say that I miss it. Now the fatbike revolution has me thinking it's a ton more fun!!

    Then again, now that I reside in AZ, I don't think twice about rolling out for a 2 hour ride at 3pm in July, usually 110 +/- a few. To each their own I guess.

    The desert does have a lot of pointy things though.
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    I was hiking Superstition Mountain outside Phoenix years ago with three others. One guy had some pretty good hops. We're looking at a 5' high Cholla cactus bush. There must have been a million sharp thingies sticking out. You would not want to fall into it.

    Hops guy says "I can jump over that". We all said yeah, but do you really want to risk that out here? Well, yes he did. He got back about 20 feet, I had my camera ready, and he indeed did clear it--sort of. His foot dragged through at about 4' but he lived.

    The pic has been lost in a hard drive crash but I still think he was nuts to even try it. They call Cholla "The Jumping Cactus" because it almost seems as if the barbs will launch off the bush and stick into you.

    Here's some local mini-cactus:
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    I like to hug the cacti. They wouldn't be so pointy and angry if there was a little bit more love shown to them.


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    McDowell Mtn Park, Arizona
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    Peralta trail, Superstitions, Arizona
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    I carry a hair comb to get cholla balls off. Did you know that you can burn the spines of a cholla ball, cut it open and get "liquid" of it. Handy if you find yourself stranded in the middle of the desert with no water.

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    Pictures from Tucson. The last one is taken from the ridge on Brown Mtn.
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    These are some awesome shots! It's so beautiful there. Don't see a ton of cacti in Iowa.
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    steiny nice Brown Mt shot. One of my favorite spots in Tucson. I love being there and looking at that saddle next to the pointy mountain in the background and knowing I came from there and have to go back.

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    Ripsey Ocotillo:


    7-Springs Saguaro:


    Arizona Trail Broom Bush:


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    My other passion! Me on a rock!
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    Here is El Paso we have prickley pears, thats about it nothing beautiful like the saguaro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    Ripsey Ocotillo:


    7-Springs Saguaro:


    Arizona Trail Broom Bush:


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    Awesome Pics!!!!

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    El Paso sunset
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    A few sahuaros along the BCT.


    A few more sahuaros.


    Even more.

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    The sonoran desert is the only place where saguaros are found. Keep an eye out of them in movies about the middle east or africa

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    This cactus was found on the Rift Valley Trail outside of Taos, New Mexico.



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    Here is one from Hawes Loop trail system.

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    And another.


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    And this was taken on some open desert land just a half mile from the house.


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    Sunburn in the Tortolitas, Tucson... A rare Crested Saguaro:


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    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing. I hope I get the chance to go biking up there one day..

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