Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rally Over and a Bucket List Item

Amado, AZ  High 80  Low 51

Received some interesting comments yesterday on mining and reclamation. You may want to go back and check those out.

Wednesday night we had a chili dinner with everybody bringing a side dish. It was Norm’s 70th birthday so we had birthday cake for dessert. Thursday morning breakfast was pancakes and sausage with orange juice.

We had a presentation given by SkyMed and then Jim helped Jan and Bill with a couple of other things. Spent a quiet afternoon and went over for the final Happy Hour. They gave away a bunch of prizes and raised $720 for CARE.

Dinner was either steak or chicken and we had ordered steak. Should have known better but the girls are really happy with their special treats. Had a wonderful time visiting with everyone.

Friday morning was fruit and pastries before we said good-bye and were on the road by 9:00. Got back to AJ and set up by 1:00.

And now for my bucket list item. I finally saw a crested saguaro cactus. It is at the entrance to the mine.

P1070375 I got the following info from the Saguaro National Park website.  Even when saguaro cacti grow in their normal form, they rarely grow symmetrically. Saguaros sometimes grow in odd or misshapen forms. The growing tip occasionally produces a fan-like form which is referred to as crested or cristate. These crested saguaros are somewhat rare and biologists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike or freeze damage. At this point we simply do not know what causes this rare, crested form.


We also did a quick Roadside America drive-by. The Longhorn Grill is closed but it definitely has an interesting doorway.

longhorn grill


  1. Congrats on your crested saguaro find and that Roadside America find is pretty cool too.

  2. The crested saguaro is beautiful. I am always looking for strange shapes. Usually they are way distant from any road. To far away to take a shot. - What a fancy restaurant entrance.

  3. We looked and looked and looked in Tucson for a crested saguaro cactus and never saw a one. I admit...I am jealous.

    Love Roadside America. Cool entrance.

    1. Marsha/Paul: If you ever wander near Congress, AZ, there is parking on BLM property and there are nine crested saguaros easily reached with a short hike.

  4. Wow, the crested saguaro. I didn't know. Now I will watch for one.

  5. I have never seen a crested saguaro in person, although I would sure like to. One of nature's beautiful anomalies.

  6. The crested saguaro is beautiful - so interesting. I haven't seen one yet. Funny about the steak or chicken thing... there's not much you can do to ruin a chicken, so usually order that unless my son is bar-b-queing it. He buys the best steaks and takes great pride in doing a really nice job. :)

  7. That is some amazing cactus. We missed this when we went through there. Guess we'll have to go back.

  8. That is definitely an interesting doorway. You never know what you might find when you're out and about. We love the saguaros. They are uniquely Arizona.

  9. I guess they served a lot of chicken at the Longhorn Grill and went out of business? ;c)

  10. Just love the Saguaro cactus, one of the many things we love about Arizona.
    And spotting a crested one is a bonus!

  11. Other than corn bread I didn't know there were any side dishes for chili :-)

  12. It is always a great feeling checking an item off your bucket list.


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