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  • So I'm in Tucson for a day actually for a night and tomorrow morning for a little bit.

  • So I thought I would check out Saguaro National Park.

  • Uh it's 30 actually 40 minutes away from my hotel and there is actually there's two sides, there's the east side and west side.

  • East side is a little bit further 40 minutes away And the west side is a little bit closer.

  • I believe it's 20 minutes away.

  • So I figured I would go to the one that's further away from me on the east side because I also heard that uh the sunset is better on that side too.

  • I'm not sure if I'll be able to stay there until sunset because I have um a would be, but that's another reason why I decided to go stop by this park because there are a lot of cat friendly places you can take your dog to.

  • So I figured you know what this will be great.

  • We can discover a national park together.

  • So Saguaro National Park has several trails you could do and there was like a couple of small trails and then you can also do a driving group which I thought would be great.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah mm.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm.

  • I'm here as a national park.

  • Okay visitor's center nine a.m. To five p.m. But it's closed right now but cactus forest drive at seven am to sunset.

  • Yeah.

  • You know park information?

  • I wonder if they have any like brochures or something.

  • Go check it out quick.

  • Okay so since it's closed they have all this stuff outside.

  • Well this is probably always outside, but it's a map and a guide, no camping.

  • Um, they also laid out some park information here.

  • I like things to do.

  • 30 nights enjoy the cactus garden.

  • Some of this stuff I can't do because I have kuma and that gives you a hiking trails and heat safety.

  • Okay, so I got some information.

  • I've got a hiking guy, but I'm not gonna do any hiking.

  • Just got this just in case I guess care.

  • There's the map and guide pets.

  • Welcome on roadways and picnic areas and on the desert discovery and desert ecology paved nature trails.

  • And I was talking about the cactus forest loop drive that is an eight mile scenic drive winds through a Saguaro forest and offers a close immediately.

  • Look at a variety of Sonoran desert life.

  • The 0.25 mile paved desert ecology trail off cactus forest drive lets you explore desert life.

  • That's where I want.

  • Me and puma can go.

  • All right, So that's what we're gonna do.

  • You're gonna do that texas forest loop just driving around and then stop at the desert ecology trail.

  • Mm hmm.

  • There's so much more you could do here.

  • You can go on trails.

  • You can go on horseback rise and such but limited if you have a patch with you, but I'm just glad that, you know, I can take her with me to some places.

  • So Saguaro national Park.

  • I was interested in this place because one I like visiting a national park but also wanted to visit a national park with puma and I wondered if you know you're able to even do that so you can take your pet with you, but it's very limited on what you can do.

  • So tomorrow actually had a few options where I could take come on a little trail.

  • You can also do this loop drive.

  • So I thought it would be perfect to stop by.

  • So Saguaro means the Saguaro cactus.

  • They are the king of all cactuses and this is the only place where saguaros grow and they are giant cactuses that could go up to 50 ft tall and they live for 100 and 50 years.

  • They're also the most iconic cactus.

  • I looked up the plural name of cactus and I thought it was cat die, which it is, but you can also say cactuses.

  • So I think I'm just going to interchange those two a lot.

  • But yeah, I think we're gonna go around this loop and check it out.

  • Kind of strange how you can just like go on in Pretty Today.

  • Yeah, Loop drive picnic area.

  • Yeah, it's on a loop drive one way road, eight miles.

  • So where are you going?

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah, future generations overlooked.

  • Okay, okay.

  • Right here.

  • Mhm.

  • Okay, so this gives you an overview of the loop.

  • So we were at the visitor center and I'm here, the future generations overlook.

  • Then there's lots of overlooks you could stop by and then here desert ecology, nature trails where I could take UMA for just a little trail.

  • Okay, another on.

  • Oh, that's dangerous.

  • Was that like?

  • Mhm.

  • It's pretty cool here.

  • Yeah.

  • Got the Saguaro cactus since Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm.

  • It's cool.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah, This is a pleasant tribe.

  • I can't believe it goes on for like eight miles.

  • Alright, so here is the sonoran desert overlook.

  • Take a look here.

  • Okay.

  • Mhm Yeah.

  • Mhm Yeah.

  • Mhm Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm.

  • So this is cactus forest overlook.

  • Mhm.

  • It almost looks the same as the other overlooked play stop done.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm Right.

  • Mhm.

  • The hand back.

  • So where have all the squad was gone.

  • So there used to be a lot more Saguaro shows in this park over the years, they just kept on dying.

  • And uh I believe was like 1920s or 1930s, there was a big cold front.

  • So that killed a lot and then again in the 1960s there was like a temperature like drop below freezing freezing in Tucson, which never happened.

  • So the temperature change has killed a lot of this jaguars.

  • They didn't survive building on.

  • Yeah, I feel like we're the only ones at this park, like nobody else is here just great.

  • Hey, we're here in the desert ecology.

  • Trial.

  • This is where you could go.

  • Okay.

  • Mm hmm.

  • Yeah, make sure you stay on the trail.

  • Okay.

  • Mhm.

  • Hold on.

  • This is a big one right here, wow.

  • How tall is that?

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Okay.

  • I've been saying Saguaro this whole time.

  • Saguaro like the G.

  • Hard G.

  • But it's actually Saguaro Saguaro.

  • I thought other people are pronouncing it wrong.

  • I try to look that up anyway as Saguaro savoir.

  • Oh, so a lot of animals live in these practices like owls, purple martins and reptiles.

  • Oh, I'm sorry.

  • Are you tired Kumar this this trail is only a quarter of a mile.

  • You already tired and such a nice day today too.

  • It's great weather.

  • She's tired.

  • Okay, let's move on.

  • I just noticed that there are holes in the cactus.

  • I guess that's where the animals live inside there.

  • You're done.

  • Huh?

  • Well that was a nice little trail.

  • We had it all to ourselves.

  • Really.

  • Nobody else was in there.

  • So it was nice and quiet and peaceful.

  • Um it was just the right amount for kuma because you know, she's not much of a walker or shouldn't like to walk long distances.

  • Mm hmm.

  • Yeah.

  • I was like a mountain of a hill of Saguaro cactus is up there now.

  • Yeah.

  • There's a c I called my look.

  • Mm hmm.

  • 500.

  • You didn't, yeah, carrying overlook.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm.

  • I think moving on.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm.

  • Oh, there's that cyclist up there that we passed by earlier.

  • This looks painful going uphill.

  • Yeah.

  • Mm hmm.

  • You can do it.

  • They're doing it.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm.

  • Okay.

  • So we finished the cactus forest loop.

  • It was a nice, pleasant drive.

  • I, I enjoyed it And I think whom I enjoyed it a little bit too.

  • At least you got to do something different.

  • So just stay in the car or the hotel room.

  • Although I don't think she really minds that, but I had a great time being able to explore national park with puma.

  • I mean, you know, we're from florida and now we're in Arizona exploring cat die.

  • How cool is that?

  • So yeah, you can do one trail here a little trail, a quarter mile with your dog and that's about it, the rest of it.

  • You know, you have to stay in your car and then if you want to check out, if you want to do some overlooks being out of the car and leave a car running close by while your dogs in the car.

  • Otherwise, you know, if you want to come here alone then they have some trailheads as well.

  • If you're a cyclist you can cycle here or if you just want to exercise, you can just walk into the park as well.

  • So yeah, and if you only have like a day to spend into in the Tucson area.