Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is known for many things. It’s a showcase of exceptional Sonoran Desert flora.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
“Let’s do Mt. Whitney,” my daughter said. (Another item on her bucket list). Great, but with only two weeks’ notice, a number of challenges presented themselves, like getting permits.
What’s in a name anyway? In preparation for a workshop on Arizona’s conifers, I returned to the Groom Creek Trailhead to hike Spruce Mountain. I was quickly reminded of two things.
When my son failed to come around the corner within a few minutes, I retraced my steps back toward the trailhead but he was nowhere to be found.
The Sheriff Deputy tried to comfort me, informing me he was trained in search and rescue with the Forest Service. Little comfort, though.
Let’s break this down, word by word. Pine, coniferous trees. But this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Hiking here since the ‘70s, I consistently come across the most interesting plants, like duckweed. Quite unexpected, even weird. That leads me to the next word.