After we went Along the Border, we stopped at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona for a few days. Next we moved a short distance to Ajo, and then to Benson (near Tucson). Tom calls this whole area the “Green Desert”.
It’s like a forest, but the big trees are completely green! And, instead of leaves, they have stickers all over them! There were a lot of smaller trees with leaves, but a lot of them had stickers, too. And then, there was a kind of tree called a “Palo Verde” that looked like a cross between the stickery trees and the leafy trees. It had leaves like some of the smaller trees, but the branches were all green like the sticker trees. Only this one doesn’t have stickers.
We did a lot of hiking while we were there. Tom tried to keep me away from the stickery stuff, but I really wanted to take a closer look. Once, I got too close, and one of the sticker bushes attacked me! Tom called it a “Jumping Cholla”, and now I know why. A whole branch stuck itself to my leg! It hurt really bad, and it hurt even more when Tom pulled it off. I think he hated that branch as much as I did, because he called it some really bad names. I stayed away from the sticker plants after that.
I never dreamed there could be a place like the Green Desert. It seems like it belongs on one of those planets we visited at the Maine Solar System. Now, when I dream about it, I don’t know if it’s a dream or a nightmare! Tom likes it, though. I have a feeling we’ll be back.