Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lessons Learned From A Saguaro

I’m back from vacation, reluctantly, but still. It’s time to get back to work, so here I am.

While I was on vacation in Arizona (where I’m pretty sure the phrase ‘hot as hell’ was born), I ate some good food, floated in the pool (a lot), and rode a mustang named Echo in the desert. That last bit, the horseback riding, was probably the coolest part of the trip: when we (me, my love and our two daughters) made it to the middle of the trail, stopped and overlooked acres and acres of desert with saguaro cacti. So peaceful.

Our guide (cool cowboy Jared with mirrored sunglasses) told us that it takes the saguaro cactus something like seventy years before it grows its first arm. And there were saguaro cacti as far as we could see. All of them waited patiently to grow their arms. A pretty impressive feat.

So I learned something on my trip. Bring plenty of water, enjoy the pool, wear sun block, and grow some patience. Easy does it, whether you’re riding Echo the mustang or waiting for your arms to grow.


  1. Yay! Fleur's back.

    Glad you had a good time. And an illuminating one, it sounds like.

  2. It was a good (but too short, as always) break. I've decided to be more like a saguaro and not do so much :-)

  3. Glad you had a good time. I'm still getting hits for that guest blog that you did, BTW.

  4. That's cool, Paul! It's always a mystery to me where web traffic comes from...