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Image - Ocatillo We quickly learn to respect the desert terrain at all times. Cactus prickles seem to jump out of nowhere and adhere to my body. At times, I cannot escape from the sun, as cacti do not provide much shade. The sun can be a problem for those not used to such constant and intense heat. Video It is best to follow the locals and wear light colored clothing to cover as much of the body as possible, and a hat also helps shield the sun's rays. Some tips to survive desert life: carry tweezers in your pocket, keep drinking water on hand, even if you don't feel thirsty, wear a high SPF sunscreen every day, and pack warm clothes for the nighttime.

Vegetation
We were lucky to visit during the desert bloom. The usual landscape of green cacti and dusty brown soil is broken up by smatterings of color throughout the region. Bright yellows, purples, and pinks add brightness to the desert landscape. Cacti are in bloom, while an assortment of wildflowers cover the landscape and grow along every roadside. Many tourists are in the area at this time, and there are wildflower hikes offered at Saguaro National Park.

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Nighttime belongs to the creatures of the desert: howling coyotes, barking dogs, and the scuttling of creatures' feet around our campsite make it hard to fall asleep. Nearby neighbors' roosters crow at all times of the day and night, which is both strange and annoying. Aren't they supposed to wake you up in the morning? Evidently not. The roosters wake us up during the freezing cold nights, and again in the early morning hours. A coyote walks right through our campsite one night, which was terrifying and amazing. Moonlight eerily reflects off of the sandy ground creating some visibility at night. At times the sandy ground looked like snow in the moonlight. It is beautiful how the desert landscape seems to glow under the moonlight.

During the day, a different set of animals are active in our campsite area. Scorpions pop up under overturned pieces of wood, rocks, and any other object that has been sitting in one spot for some time. Jackrabbits and quail are active during the day, hopping around the land, and close to our campsite. Woodpeckers peck holes in the saguaros all day long. The birds also peck holes in the mangos we set out in the sun to ripen.

 
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