As you drive into the museum you are greeted by what we call "cactus sentinels" standing guard on the mountainside and in the desert.
My recent purchase of this guide to everything you'd ever want to know about cactuses (cacti) came in handy though most things were well marked.
I was able to zoom in get up
'close and personal' to this cactus.
Teddy Bear Cholla
Totem Pole Cactus
Now this sign was rather alarming and its one field trip we were grateful Bella stayed behind but this fountain was a welcome sight.
One had to be quick to catch this hummingbird at the feeder.
Have you ever heard of a javelina? The javelina, or collared peccary, is a common game animal in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. They resemble small pigs but belong to a different genus and move in herds. My husband caught two slumbering ones who found some shade..
The following information is really true. I recently purchased this cookbook
and on page 128 is a recipe for Javelina Stew. This is what it says in the introduction The trick to cooking javelina is to make sure the hunter who supplies it knows how to deal with the skin and the musk gland. There's nothing worse than poorly prepared javelina, which has an over pungent odor and taste. Good javelina, however is a popular dish throughout the Southwest, especially in the rural areas where hunting is a popular sport.
You can be assured Ever Ready will not be posting any javelina recipes just in case you had hoped to read some.
Organ Pipe CactusPhoto to give you an idea of the size of these cactuses (cacti). They are tall !
A trip to this desert museum was definitely a highlight with so many unusual plants and animals. There was lots to learn.
P.S. Just in case you are grocery shopping
be sure to pick up these staples for your Chinese/Asian cooking:
hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, 5 spice powder, rice vinegar, some fresh vegetables including Bok Choy, green onions and snow peas, rice, beef, chicken or pork and chicken broth. February 19th is the kick off for Chinese New Year festivities with recipes.