While camped at Gilbert Ray we decided to hike the Brown Mountain Trail, which was just a short walk from our campsite to the trailhead.
We were just going to hike to the top of Brown mountain..but when we saw the sign ..Desert museum 2.9 miles…well..we just had to go there as a side trip…after all it is my favorite museum ever…
Cholla Cactus…pronounced choy ya
. Another name for Cholla is Jumping Cactus, because becomes unjointed easily. If you touch a spine it is enough to detach a joint, then when you move more joints become lodged in your skin. To make matters worse, the spines are barbed and therefore difficult to remove.
While taking a photo I backed into one…OUCH!
It was one of these…
While in the Valley we had nice Views..this is looking west toward Kitt Peak
Teddy bear cholla…
don't think you would want to take this one to bed..
Getting closer to the Desert Museum
And just as Jeff and I head to enter the Desert museum..
We see this fella headed out with three of his buddies..
Wow!..Cousin Mike ..visiting Tucson from Connecticut….
What a pleasant surprise.