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This Afternoon

Hi92° Sunny and Breezy

Tonight

Lo64° Clear and Breezy then Clear

Sunday

Hi86° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo60° Clear

Monday

Hi88° Sunny

Monday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi78° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo59° Mostly Clear and Breezy then Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi85° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo63° Clear

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

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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!

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