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  • STEM  OF  SAGUARO  CACTUS
    STEM OF SAGUARO CACTUS
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    SAGUARO CACTUS AND ITS BRANCHES
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  • 76  GAS  STATION  IN  MARANA
    76 GAS STATION IN MARANA
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    More and more Saguaro cacti

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    SAGUARO  CACTI

    Driving N. Sandario Road towards Saguaro National Park (its western part to be more exact) I noticed more and more Saguaro cacti on both sides of the highway. I liked a lot to see them there.

    And I asked myself why don't they grow in other warm/hot countries I already visited like for example Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey - any ideas? Are they copyrighted by USA Southwest and Northern Mexico or what? :-)))

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    Cactus? What's that?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    CACTUSES  OR  CACTI  :-)))

    Cactus is any of many types of desert plant with thick stems for storing water and usually spines (= sharp points).
    Hmm... better do NOT touch them and do NOT sit on them :-)). But what about drinking water from cacti?

    Btw plural from the word "cactus" is either cactuses or cacti - both forms are correct but which one is more popular among Americans?

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    Tequila is NOT made from cactus

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    SAGUARO  CACTUS  IN  MARANA

    It's made from agave or maguey (pr. "mah-gay") plant. This plant is actually related to the lily and amaryllis (it has its own genus, Agave). Did you know that?

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    Saguaro cactus

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    GIANT  SAGUARO  CACTUS

    Saguaro cactus is Arizona state flower - it grows in desert areas (Sonoran Desert) of southeastern California, southern Arizona and northwestern Mexico.

    You can find this one giant Saguaro Cactus as on my picture just in business area of I-10 Exit 236 in Marana. That's why I stopped our Buick there hehe.

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    No Tequila inside a cactus stem :-(((

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 29, 2003

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    STEM  OF  SAGUARO  CACTUS

    The stem of Saguaro Cactus is tall and thick: 18 to 24 inches (46 - 61 cm) in diameter.

    The stem can absorb a lot of water (not Tequila :-) when it's raining to save it for looong no rain periodes. So the diameter of a stem can change.

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    76? What's that?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    76  GAS  STATION  IN  MARANA

    It's just a number or... a filling station chain in the USA. I have never see them in Europe.

    Gas was less expensive there than in California (at least 10%) but more expensive than later in New Mexico and Texas. Is the West more expensive?


    From my friend Nat:(b1bob):
    There are good reasons why petrol in California is more expensive than elsewhere:

    1. State environmental standards require extra oil refinement.

    2. As Arnold Schwarzenegger points out, the petrol tax in California is among the highest in the country.

    Because California is trying to become a socialist utopia (under Gov. Gray Davis) like Sweden, it is also expensive like Sweden.

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    Large branches growing upwards

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    SAGUARO  CACTUS  AND  ITS  BRANCHES

    Some Saguaro cacti have only the one stem but most of them have several large branches (arms) curving upward just as you can see on my picture.
    What an amazing and characterictic for Southwest USA shape!

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    Highway to Saguaro National Park

    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 12, 2003

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    HIGHWAY  TO  SAGUARO  NATIONAL  PARK

    This highway on my picture goes southwards to Saguaro National Park. It's called North Sandario Road and starts in Marana at exit 236 on I-10.

    Driving this road I passed, on the right side, by... an airport in Marana (Avra Valley Airport). I was very surprised to see airports or better to say airfields in so small communities like Marana. Hmm... do they travel by air so often?


    From my friend Palo_Verde:
    Did you see all the stored airplanes in Marana? That is where all the American commercial airlines store their spare airplanes, they can be ready to fly in 3 to 6 hours, ready to fly and replace other airplanes.

    No, I didn't see them, I only drove by the airport :-(.

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    Business area

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    MARANA  -  BUSINESS  AREA

    I stopped in a business area just at exit 236 on I-10 driving westwards.

    What does it look like? Hmm... strange and exotic for me.
    Large, very large empty area with a street or better to say highway to Saguaro National Park (called North Sandario Road) in the middle, very wide and unpaved (dirty) shoulders and a few businesses (pizza, restaurant, gas station) on both sides. Add heat, dust and sun. Lazy southern atmosphere :-)

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    Horticulture

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    HORTICULTURE  OF  MARANA

    No water ---> no plants. Hehe, except some bushes and saguaro cacti, I could see. What else? Just rocky earth with dust and stones. Nothing more there! No palm trees as well.

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