Friday, November 27, 2009

With A Name Like Cactus Needle...

With a name like Cactus-Needle, it's only natural that we would want to take our grandsons on a hike with a lot of "big cactus" as Isaak likes to say.

This afternoon we went on the San Tan Mountain Regional Park trails in Queen Creek, Arizona.

Even though it's almost December, we had perfect weather with the temps in the 80's.
When ever I come to this part of Arizona, I feel like I have entered the true wild, wild West.

The boys are so happy to be with their Papa, and vice versa.
I'm a happy mom to be able to visit with my two oldest daughters. Aubrey had the day off from work today so she could come on the hike with us.

Look how huge this Ocilllo plant has grown out in the desert. Paul is about 6 feet tall in comparison.

Teddy Bear Cholla

Isaak has been a very strong hiker from the time he learned to walk.

Noah wanted to pick up every rock on the trail.

Club Cholla
These plants are very prickly. If you touch one, they immediately imbed in your skin and it is quite difficult to pull them out.

Some have asked how I came up with the name of Cactus Needle for my blog. Mr. Cactus actually helped me think of the name. I wanted something that combined living in Southern Utah and my love of quilting.

10 comments:

Jackie said...

My parents winter home is close by there. We have been there on those trails. I just love it and it looks like you had a great day too!!

Kim B said...

I grew up in Phoenix. Pics like this just feel like home :)

Material Mary said...

What a fun name. We are here in St. George having a wonderful time. Saw the lights at the St. George Temple, saw the live Nativity at Tuachan (did I spell that right?) It is very beautiful and my husband and kids would love to live here....
Mary

Rae Ann said...

What a fun day! It looks so warm where you are. I love the pictures!
I have always wondered how you got the name Cactus Needle. Now I know...
I rather like it!

Carol said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Micki said...

I love the pics of Arizona...It brought back a lot of memories of my time there. The kids are just adorable! Glad you are having a blast and you do look happy!
Micki

Cathie in UT said...

Ahhh, 80 degrees sounds really nice LOL

Carrie said...

Looks like a fun day with the grandkids. The baby is beautiful...so glad she is here. I love the name the picked for her.

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Jana said...

If I wasn't so scared of snakes jumping out behind every cactus, I would say that's a beautiful place to live! :)