Whenever we have guests in town, we generally take them on a desert hike. The Apache Wash Trailhead is close to home, has a short mild trail, and frankly, it’s free.
Along the trail, is my favorite cactus. Everyone should have a favorite cactus! And every good cactus should have a nickname – I call this saguaro “Shaq-tus”. I have been in awe of its sheer size and girth. It surprises those not from the desert how large and impressive the saguaros can be.
One last note: I make all my visitors take their photo with it.