The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi90° Sunny

Tonight

Lo63° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi88° Partly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo66° Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi86° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo62° Partly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi84° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo60° Mostly Clear

Independence Day

Hi82° Sunny

Monday Night

Lo59° Mostly Clear

Add a visit to ‘Cactus Heaven’ to your bucket list

Send to Kindle
Print This

Many years ago when I was living in Salem, Ore., my parents invited me to accompany them to Phoenix on a business trip. My first exploration of the desert was a truly memorable experience.

I was amazed by the colors of the rocks, the shapes and varieties of interesting and unusual plants, animal tracks, insects, flowering trees and shrubs. After taking a few steps out of the car to investigate the scenery, I felt something sticking to the toe of my shoe. I tried to kick it off with my other shoe, but this resulted in attaching both feet together. You know what happened then … I tried to pick it off my feet and my hand was then stuck also. It was my first experience with the “jumping cactus.” Time to call for help! Luckily my dad came to the rescue with the blade of his pocketknife and flipped it away. I had been treated to my first lesson in desert survival!

View my options or Sign in