This past week I had the treat of going out to Valle de los Gigantes which means Valley of the Giants….what kind of giants are we talking about? Okay, desert rats and cactus lovers such as myself, I’m about to steal your heart with this. It’s a forest full giant of cadon cacti.
There’s something very intimidating about a 30-50 foot cactus overlooking your small 5′ 3″ body. I have made a little diagram of us compared to the cactus. This sucker takes about 4 and 3/4 Mariahs. INSANE
Unfortunately the largest cactus fell to the ground just a couple of years ago, which breaks my heart when I think about it. All the remains of the cactus is the fallen skeleton.
Back in 1992 (The year I was also born) they transplanted a 45 foot cactus to Seville, Spain for a 500th anniversary for the discovery of the Americas. I think it would be amazing to go to Seville, Spain and see the cactus that was taken from my much loved San Felipe.
We really lucked out on the weather, especially because we were in the middle of the desert, it was a cooler day with a slight overcast. I have heard from people that in the summer heat you can hear rattlesnakes everywhere which I honestly think would be so cool, very chilling but very neat. I am very happy that I was able to get out and walk around in the desert though instead of hike from snakes. There were however monarch butterflies flying everywhere! One landed on me for a brief second, which I’ve heard is good luck so now I’m debating on purchasing a lottery ticket.
I also have a challenge for you if end up visiting the Valley of the Giants (Which should be on your bucket list now)….try to find this statue up on top of a mountain. It’s a real life game of Where’s Waldo.
The Wonder Seeker