Sunday, November 15, 2015

Giants in the Desert, Casa Grande, AZ

When I last talked to you I said that Bette and I were going down to Mexico, about an hour away, for lunch.  We did that, and had lunch at The Pink Store and I managed to get out of there without spending any money except for lunch.  It was a good day.  Had cheap fun.  I didn't take any pictures while there.  Before getting to the border area I turned off my phone so as not to get any international roaming charges, I should have only put it into Airplane mode, that way I could have used the camera.  Oh well.

The Pink Store photo taken from internet.

We only spent two nights at Rockhound State Park as it was very windy both nights and I don't like wind in the desert.  Breezes are good but 30mph wind isn't fun.  We are now in Casa Grande, AZ.  Back to our favorite area with Saguaro Cactus.

Growth chart. 

This Saguaro is over 200 years old. 
 In another picture later in this blog you can see
 that it has a brace on it.  Saguaros have a shallow root system.  
The plus side to that is that they are easy to transplant, the 
downside is that they blow over in rain and windy conditions.

It's been a wet year.  Look how fat it is.  
When it's been dry the fin like sections are very skinny.

Not all cactus have spines. 

Ok now for something a little different.  For the San Francisco Giant fans out there, in 1959 the Giants starter building a spring training facility in Casa Grande.  It is still here and being used by the local area as a sports facility.  But there are still sign of the Giants here.  The Giants moved to Scottsdale in the 1970's where they still hold spring training.  Here (it seems that this link isn't working for readers with iPads and maybe tablets as well, sorry) is a link to a book about the history of the Giants, the Casa Grande facilities is mentioned on page 58.

The top of The Francisco Casa Grande can bee seen in the background.

Click here and here to read about The Francisco Casa Grande.  
Also on the first web site is a link to the 2016 Cactus League spring training schedule.

Storm clouds brewing.

You see some interesting things at the grocery store.  Here is
Dragon Fruit.

Kiwano Melon

By for now.

Evie and Joy

1 comment:

  1. I like the cactus growth chart and the many references to the namesake of my fur ball in the links for the Francisco Casa Grande.