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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Exploring The Desert

John Antonetti, one of our friends here in the park, tows a Jeep here behind his MH from his home in Racine, WI. He uses it to go exploring in the desert and surrounding mountain foothills. This morning he took Teddy and I on a four-hour trip into the hills overlooking Lake Havasu City. Here you can see Lake Havasu in the background from one of our many stops in the high desert. We started at an elevation of about 550 feet in Lake Havasu to over 2500 feet in just a few miles. The track you see in the photo is the one that we had just traversed in the Jeep.
Here are Teddy and I by one of the giant saguaro cacti that abound in the area. Some are 20 to 30 feet high. It is said that it takes over 50 years to grow one of the arms that grow from the main cactus body. The holes that you see, particularly in the far one, are made by Cactus Wrens who hollow out nests in them. (CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A LARGER VIEW)
It is amazing the amount of flora that is growing out there in the desert. From afar the hills look barren but when you get up close there are many different kinds of cacti and bushes. We had a rain recently and there were many small flowers and grasses pushing their way up through the rocky soil.

John also took us to an old abandoned mine and while John and I stayed with the Jeep...

...Teddy, of course had to explore the mine.

Thanks John, we had a real good time.

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