Back from our desert sojourn. Our friends have a house in Rancho Mirage and they invited 5 of us to come out for the 3 day weekend and enjoy the desert. Every time we go they plan something different for us to do. This time we went to the homes/legacy of two prominent pioneers of this area - William Keys and Cabot Yerxa . They were colorful characters and it was very interesting learning about them. Here is a saguaro cactus we took a picture of during our trip. As we had a late start on Saturday, we drove through Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley to get to the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor's Center and on the way we passed this wonderful saguaro speciment! It's right there in the middle of town. These take years and years to get this size, so we were thrilled to see them. At Cabot's museum we found some more. These are even taller. Some day I'd like to go to the Saguaro National Park in Southern Arizona where there are many, many of these. They have these beautiful white blossoms.