Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Hopeful Resurrection of Cactusland

June 24, 2020
   It's time to let go of the loss and replant some of our burned land and Kathy found just the person to help us do it.

Kathy Sue and Ali Baker check out
the lay of the land.

   Ali has long experience with reseeding burned property and she suggested a new entryway, with perhaps a couple saguaros as a guiding component. So, inspired by her suggestion, I drew this sketch:

The Proposed New Entrance to Cactusland

   Our grandson, Weston, calls our home "Cactusland," and I thought we'd honor his designation.

   Notice I drew the saguaros as mere spears because to get a mature saguaro with arms is very expensive (on average $100 a foot), but you will also notice the saguaro on the right has a downward facing arm. I want my two entryway saguaros to be weird, or unique, and I will pay extra to have it. Ali told me most of her customers want "postcard perfect saguaros," with the two symmetric arms. Well, to hell with that! Give me the weirdos that nobody else wants.

   Speaking of weirdos.

"National Parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst."
—Wallace Stegner

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