Did you know that prickly pear cacti grows natively in forty-five out of fifty states? When I get home after this crazy 6-month adventure, I think I want to get one for myself so I can add it to my collection of succulents. Cacti are pretty cool. While we were in Phoenix we stayed in a beautiful campground complete with several saguaro cacti and other different cacti.
All in all, Arizona is a gorgeous state. One of my favorite things about the state was the stunning sunsets. Each night, the sky was on fire as the sun painted the horizon pink, purple, orange and red. Never before have I seen such beautiful sunsets as I experienced during our stay in Arizona. Besides the sunsets and sunrises, I fell in love with Arizona’s amazing mountains. We took many scenic drives up into the mountains on windy, one lane roads on the cliff’s edge. On one such drive, we came across the small town of Tortilla Flats where we enjoyed a small cup of over-priced yet very delicious prickly pear cactus ice cream. It was on that same journey—later on that afternoon—that these photos were taken. In contrast to my title, I would not actually suggest hugging a saguaro. Cacti aren’t the friendliest and as we always said, ‘Everything in Arizona’s nature wants to hurt you.’ Still, the idea was fun, so of course I couldn’t pass up the chance to pose with a Saguaro.
**update on our #6monthroadtripadventureandstuff: We will be in California for these next couple months. These photos were taken several weeks ago when we were in Phoenix, but I’m just now getting around to posting them. Follow me on Instagram (@sarahamber_ ) and through our hashtag for more regular updates on our trip!
thrifted boots | Plato’s Closet
Photography by Dan Clark