6 Oct 2010 0638
I forgot to mention yesterday how neat it was to see cacti in the wild. It’d seen them in arboretums and botanical gardens, but this was the first time I saw them growing in their natural environment. Biggest impression: unlike cartoons, the “arms” are not even. Some of them even have only one “arm”.
6 Oct 2010 1125
Just got to my hotel, although they can’t check me in until 1500 or 1600. The trip up was insane. It rained so hard that, at points, I had to go 30 MPH just to see where I was going. Later, during the drive, it was hailing very hard. Near Flagstaff we saw evidence of tornadoes – electric poles ripped in half and tipped tractor trailers. As we neared the park there was even snow on the side of the road! I was disappointed that we are so far north that there are no cacti. It’s all regular trees. (Deciduous and Pine)