A Peaceful Christmas

why xmas  001why xmas  003“Where are you staying for Christmas?”

“The desert in Southwestern Arizona.”

“Why?”

“Exactly.”why xmas  004

why xmas  006We arrived in Why, Arizona on the winter solstice and were greeted by a beautiful sunset. We are here to visit Organ Pipe National Monument and its surrounding desert.why xmas  009why xmas  008

why xmas  005why xmas  011This is the only place in the U.S. where organ pipe, a cactus that is common in Mexico, grows. This large cactus can grow to over twenty feet tall, and its multiple stems together can reach a width of twelve feet. Spectacular!why xmas  013why xmas  010

In fact, 28 species of cacti live in this lush part of the Sonoran Desert, including my favorites, the saguaros. There are many species of animals here as well.why xmas  017

Along with the gorgeous mountain views, the stands of organ pipe and saguaro and other desert plants make this a stunning place!

Today while relaxing on a peaceful Christmas day in this desert garden, we had a surprise visit by a coyote right next to our campsite.

This remote and beautiful place is just what the doctor ordered.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

~ Brenda, Hector and Angel

20 thoughts on “A Peaceful Christmas

  1. Merry Christmas, sweet friends. Love your beautiful Christmas tree, the little stockings, and most of all the darling photos of you both with Angel. Thank you for sharing your lovely family, and your treasured friendship. : )
    Love and warm hugs,
    Rebecca

  2. After so many Christmases together I still miss spending time with you both, but I am glad you found a quiet peaceful little spot to enjoy each other and your Angel together with nature. Glad you had a good one! We both wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. David and Sharon

  3. What a lovely place to spend Christmas! So nice to see you are quietly relaxing in a beautiful desert. Someday we need to get there. I would really love to see the organ pipe. Angel looks so adorable in the Santa hat:) Happy Holidays!

  4. Everyone is looking great and looked very relaxed and rested. We have never been to Organ Pipe and planned to swing by there one day.
    Gorgeous sunset especially the first one.

    • The park is very interesting, will write a little about it in the next post, but if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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