@sandyandhowie

@sandyandhowie

Travel inspiration and tips for any budget ๐Ÿ“ Currently RVing through Florida ๐Ÿ‘ Ambassadors for Woolx Travel Insurance Master Affiliates

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๐ŸŒˆ โ€œ๐•†๐•Ÿ๐•– โ„๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐”ฝ๐•’๐•ž๐•š๐•๐•ช.โ€ โฃ
๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’“๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’. ๐Ÿ‘‡โฃ
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The city of Key West's official philosophy was adopted in 2000 and is reflected in the colorful bands that tell you everybody is welcome, everybody is equal, everybody is recognized. We are ๐‘ถ๐’๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š.โฃ
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While it may look like paint, these colors are thermoplastic stripes that were sealed to the pavement using propane torches. A Google search will show you how vibrant they were when they were first laid down last June. Amazing to think how much traffic theyโ€™ve seen when you consider how much theyโ€™ve already faded.โฃ
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๐Ÿ“โ„๐• ๐•จ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐•–:โฃ
๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’ƒ๐’๐’˜ ๐’„๐’“๐’๐’”๐’”๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’Œ ๐’”๐’‘๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ซ๐’–๐’—๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ท๐’†๐’•๐’“๐’๐’๐’Š๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’•๐’”.โฃ
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Well vacation is over, but we had the best time relaxing in the Conch Republic and are excited to start our trek up north. In what other cities have you seen similar rainbow crosswalks?โฃ
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#floridakeys #floridagirl #loveflorida #floridalivin #floridaphotography #floridalocal #localtravelโฃ #floridalifestyle #visitflorida #rvlifestye #roadlife #nomadic #nomadict #rving #rvliving #thekeys #keyslife #roamflorida #instagram_florida #floridalivin #pureflorida #sunshinestateofmind #explorida #staysaltyflorida #flkeys #floridablogger #keywestflorida #keywestlife #rainbowcrosswalk #loveisloveislove

@sandyandhowie

๐ŸŒˆ โ€œ๐•†๐•Ÿ๐•– โ„๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐”ฝ๐•’๐•ž๐•š๐•๐•ช.โ€ โฃ ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’“๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’. ๐Ÿ‘‡โฃ โฃ The city of Key West's official philosophy was adopted in 2000 and is reflected in the colorful bands that tell you everybody is welcome, everybody is equal, everybody is recognized. We are ๐‘ถ๐’๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š.โฃ โฃ While it may look like paint, these colors are thermoplastic stripes that were sealed to the pavement using propane torches. A Google search will show you how vibrant they were when they were first laid down last June. Amazing to think how much traffic theyโ€™ve seen when you consider how much theyโ€™ve already faded.โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿ“โ„๐• ๐•จ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐•–:โฃ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’ƒ๐’๐’˜ ๐’„๐’“๐’๐’”๐’”๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’Œ ๐’”๐’‘๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ซ๐’–๐’—๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ท๐’†๐’•๐’“๐’๐’๐’Š๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’•๐’”.โฃ โฃ Well vacation is over, but we had the best time relaxing in the Conch Republic and are excited to start our trek up north. In what other cities have you seen similar rainbow crosswalks?โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #floridakeys #floridagirl #loveflorida #floridalivin #floridaphotography #floridalocal #localtravelโฃ #floridalifestyle #visitflorida #rvlifestye #roadlife #nomadic #nomadict #rving #rvliving #thekeys #keyslife #roamflorida #instagram_florida #floridalivin #pureflorida #sunshinestateofmind #explorida #staysaltyflorida #flkeys #floridablogger #keywestflorida #keywestlife #rainbowcrosswalk #loveisloveislove

๐—ฅ๐—ฉ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ: ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐ŸŒ€โฃ
๐‘ฒ๐’†๐’†๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’†๐’š๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’”๐’‚ ๐Ÿ‘€โฃ
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๐ŸŒ€ Early today, Tropical Storm Elsa became the first Atlantic hurricane of 2021. Current projections estimate she will hit Florida late Monday, going into Tuesday morning, with the greatest impact to the Keys and the Gulf coast. Even though the exact path is unknown, we have to make preparations to evacuate.โฃ
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๐ŸŒ€ So what to do? The tricky part is all of Florida could be pummeled by rain and gusts, also leading to floods and strong storm surges along the coasts. If youโ€™re familiar with RVs, even moderate storms can feel violent, so our main priority is to get out of the Keys on Sunday if Elsa stays on her current path. Anywhere inland in Florida will be safer, and we want to exit the Keys before there's a chaotic mass exodus.โฃ
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๐ŸŒ€ Have you ever experienced severe weather while traveling in an RV? Share your stories and tips, and stay tuned to see where Elsa takes us.โฃ
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#floridakeys #floridagirl #loveflorida #floridaman #floridalivin #floridaphotography #floridalocal #localtravelโฃ #floridalifestyle #visitflorida #rvlifestye #roadlife #nomadic #nomadict #rving #rvliving #thekeys #keyslife #roamflorida #instagram_florida #floridaweather #pureflorida #sunshinestateofmind #explorida #staysaltyflorida #flkeys #floridablogger #floridanature #hurricanes #hurricaneseason

@sandyandhowie

๐—ฅ๐—ฉ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ: ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐ŸŒ€โฃ ๐‘ฒ๐’†๐’†๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’†๐’š๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’”๐’‚ ๐Ÿ‘€โฃ โฃ ๐ŸŒ€ Early today, Tropical Storm Elsa became the first Atlantic hurricane of 2021. Current projections estimate she will hit Florida late Monday, going into Tuesday morning, with the greatest impact to the Keys and the Gulf coast. Even though the exact path is unknown, we have to make preparations to evacuate.โฃ โฃ ๐ŸŒ€ So what to do? The tricky part is all of Florida could be pummeled by rain and gusts, also leading to floods and strong storm surges along the coasts. If youโ€™re familiar with RVs, even moderate storms can feel violent, so our main priority is to get out of the Keys on Sunday if Elsa stays on her current path. Anywhere inland in Florida will be safer, and we want to exit the Keys before there's a chaotic mass exodus.โฃ โฃ ๐ŸŒ€ Have you ever experienced severe weather while traveling in an RV? Share your stories and tips, and stay tuned to see where Elsa takes us.โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #floridakeys #floridagirl #loveflorida #FloridaMan #floridalivin #floridaphotography #floridalocal #localtravelโฃ #floridalifestyle #visitflorida #rvlifestye #roadlife #nomadic #nomadict #rving #rvliving #thekeys #keyslife #roamflorida #instagram_florida #floridaweather #pureflorida #sunshinestateofmind #explorida #staysaltyflorida #flkeys #floridablogger #floridanature #hurricanes #hurricaneseason

๐—ช๐—ฒโ€™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜†! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผโฃ
(๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ?) ๐Ÿค”โฃ
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A few people have joked that weโ€™re always on vacation, and in some ways that may be true. We now stay in RV resorts instead of hotels, and that comes with preparation, setup and breakdown, and maintenance in between. Oh yes, and work! We arenโ€™t on permanent vacation - we are still working full time. โฃ
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๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ (๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ):โฃ
Itโ€™s been a long journey to get to where we are today. We left Florida on December 4, picked up our RV March 9, and we returned to the Sunshine State earlier this month to take care of some appointments, catch up with friends, and put some of our excess belongings in storage. But for the next 10 days, weโ€™re just relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous Florida Keys. โฃ
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๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜†๐˜€:โฃ
The Keys are divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key West. This RV resort is situated just outside of Bahia Honda, in Big Pine Key. โฃ
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#loveFL #floridakeys #floridagirl #loveflorida #floridaman #floridalivin #floridaphotography #floridalocal #localtravelโฃ #floridalifestyle #visitflorida #rvlifestye #roadlife #nomadic #nomadict #rving #rvliving #thekeys #keyslife #roamflorida #instagram_florida #fun_in_florida #pureflorida #sunshinestateofmind #explorida #staysaltyflorida #flkeys #floridablogger #floridanature #vacayvibes

@sandyandhowie

๐—ช๐—ฒโ€™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜†! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผโฃ (๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ?) ๐Ÿค”โฃ โฃ A few people have joked that weโ€™re always on vacation, and in some ways that may be true. We now stay in RV resorts instead of hotels, and that comes with preparation, setup and breakdown, and maintenance in between. Oh yes, and work! We arenโ€™t on permanent vacation - we are still working full time. โฃ โฃ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ (๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ):โฃ Itโ€™s been a long journey to get to where we are today. We left Florida on December 4, picked up our RV March 9, and we returned to the Sunshine State earlier this month to take care of some appointments, catch up with friends, and put some of our excess belongings in storage. But for the next 10 days, weโ€™re just relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous Florida Keys. โฃ โฃ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜†๐˜€:โฃ The Keys are divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key West. This RV resort is situated just outside of Bahia Honda, in Big Pine Key. โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #lovefl #floridakeys #floridagirl #loveflorida #FloridaMan #floridalivin #floridaphotography #floridalocal #localtravelโฃ #floridalifestyle #visitflorida #rvlifestye #roadlife #nomadic #nomadict #rving #rvliving #thekeys #keyslife #roamflorida #instagram_florida #fun_in_florida #pureflorida #sunshinestateofmind #explorida #staysaltyflorida #flkeys #floridablogger #floridanature #vacayvibes

๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ . ๐Ÿฅตโฃ
๊œฑแด แดกแด‡'ส€แด‡ แด๊œฐ๊œฐ แด›แด แด€ แดษชษดษช แด แด€แด„แด€ส! ๐Ÿฅณโฃ
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Follow along in our stories as we eฬถxฬถpฬถlฬถoฬถrฬถeฬถ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ one of our favorite places. โ˜บโฃ
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Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?โฃ
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#nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #sanantoniotexas #unescoworldheritagesite #unescoheritage #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #sanantoniotx #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #betteroutside #followmytravel #localhistory

@sandyandhowie

๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ . ๐Ÿฅตโฃ ๊œฑแด แดกแด‡'ส€แด‡ แด๊œฐ๊œฐ แด›แด แด€ แดษชษดษช แด แด€แด„แด€ส! ๐Ÿฅณโฃ โฃ Follow along in our stories as we eฬถxฬถpฬถlฬถoฬถrฬถeฬถ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ one of our favorite places. โ˜บโฃ โฃ Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #sanantoniotexas #unescoworldheritagesite #unescoheritage #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #sanantoniotx #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #betteroutside #followmytravel #localhistory

๐’๐š๐ง ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐จ ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: โฃ
๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง!โฃ
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One of the most striking features of Mission San Josรฉ is the graceful arcade, pictured here.โฃ
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While 80% of the church is original, the missionโ€™s north wall, dome, and roof collapsed during storms and has since been restored. It is called the โ€œQueen of the Missionsโ€ because it is the largest in the area. โฃ
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This is an active parish, so visitors are welcome to attend Sunday mass. โฃ
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#nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #sanantoniotexas #unescoworldheritagesite #unescoheritage #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #sanantoniotx #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #betteroutside #followmytravel #localhistory

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๐’๐š๐ง ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐จ ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: โฃ ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง!โฃ โฃ One of the most striking features of Mission San Josรฉ is the graceful arcade, pictured here.โฃ โฃ While 80% of the church is original, the missionโ€™s north wall, dome, and roof collapsed during storms and has since been restored. It is called the โ€œQueen of the Missionsโ€ because it is the largest in the area. โฃ โฃ This is an active parish, so visitors are welcome to attend Sunday mass. โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #sanantoniotexas #unescoworldheritagesite #unescoheritage #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #sanantoniotx #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #betteroutside #followmytravel #localhistory

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘ผ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ๐‘บ๐‘ช๐‘ถ ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† โฃ๐‘บ๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ป๐’†๐’™๐’‚๐’”.โฃโฃ
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Pictured here: Mission San Josรฉ.โฃโฃ
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๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’Œ, ๐’˜๐’†โ€™๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’.โฃโฃ
Four San Antonio missions are part of the National Park Service: Mission Concepciรณn, Mission San Josรฉ, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada. San Josรฉ is the largest of the four, and is over 300 years old. It was almost fully restored in the 1930s.โฃโฃ
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๐‘ท๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’—๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’•:โฃ
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Admission to all four missions is free. โฃโฃ
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Each mission is located 2-3 miles from the next, and there are four visitor areas, so bring your National Park passport to get unique stamps for each one you explore.โฃโฃ
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ You can drive, and parking is available at each location. If the weather is nice, try riding a bike to visit the missions. You can rent a B-Cycle for 24 hours for just $12. โฃโฃ
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@sandyandhowie

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘ผ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ๐‘บ๐‘ช๐‘ถ ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† โฃ๐‘บ๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ป๐’†๐’™๐’‚๐’”.โฃโฃ โฃโฃ Pictured here: Mission San Josรฉ.โฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’Œ, ๐’˜๐’†โ€™๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’.โฃโฃ Four San Antonio missions are part of the National Park Service: Mission Concepciรณn, Mission San Josรฉ, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada. San Josรฉ is the largest of the four, and is over 300 years old. It was almost fully restored in the 1930s.โฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐‘ท๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’—๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’•:โฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Admission to all four missions is free. โฃโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Each mission is located 2-3 miles from the next, and there are four visitor areas, so bring your National Park passport to get unique stamps for each one you explore.โฃโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ You can drive, and parking is available at each location. If the weather is nice, try riding a bike to visit the missions. You can rent a B-Cycle for 24 hours for just $12. โฃโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ A Hike and Bike trail stretches approximately 10 miles, connecting all 4 missions and extends north to The Alamo. โฃโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Dress accordingly and carry plenty of water! Wear a hat, breathable clothing, and refill your water at each visitor area. โฃโฃ .โฃโฃ .โฃโฃ .โฃโฃ #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #sanantoniotexas #unescoworldheritagesite #unescoheritage #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #sanantoniotx #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #betteroutside #followmytravel #localhistory #woolxinaction

๐Ÿ›ถ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€:โฃ
๐‘บ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’†๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’๐’โฃ
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Here in Big Bend, you can kayak, raft, or paddle through Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande. The length can vary depending on your level of comfort and current conditions, and you can elect to go self-guided or through a tour company. The coolest part is youโ€™ll be paddling right between the U.S. and Mexico border! โฃ
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๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’†๐’˜ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’‘ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‘๐’Š๐’„ 2.โฃ
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๐—œ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ:โฃ
Hikers can wade across a narrow section of Terlingua Creek to reach the 1500-foot walls of Santa Elena. This moderate hike is a Big Bend classic, located in the western side of the park, and the steep walls are made of limestone. In case youโ€™re concerned about getting wet, the water level will vary and can be thigh-deep, as it was when we were here. Thereโ€™s also a lot of thick mud, so we recommend taking off your shoes to avoid losing them. โฃ
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Only around 1.5 miles round trip, this hike is relatively easy even on a hot day, and depending on what time you start, the high canyon walls might give you a break from the relentless sun. the real elevation gain is after you cross the creek, where the trail turns upward, through steps and short switchbacks, before curving back down along the banks of the Rio Grande.โฃ
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Check conditions before you go to make sure the creek hasnโ€™t flooded. And look around for wildlife! Big Bendโ€™s diverse residents can be seen throughout the park. โฃ
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 Kayaking and boating on the Rio Grande requires a backcountry permit obtained from the National Park. This applies for day, overnight, or multi-day river trips.โฃ
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@sandyandhowie

๐Ÿ›ถ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€:โฃ ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’†๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’๐’โฃ โฃ Here in Big Bend, you can kayak, raft, or paddle through Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande. The length can vary depending on your level of comfort and current conditions, and you can elect to go self-guided or through a tour company. The coolest part is youโ€™ll be paddling right between the U.S. and Mexico border! โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’†๐’˜ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’‘ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‘๐’Š๐’„ 2.โฃ โฃ ๐—œ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ:โฃ Hikers can wade across a narrow section of Terlingua Creek to reach the 1500-foot walls of Santa Elena. This moderate hike is a Big Bend classic, located in the western side of the park, and the steep walls are made of limestone. In case youโ€™re concerned about getting wet, the water level will vary and can be thigh-deep, as it was when we were here. Thereโ€™s also a lot of thick mud, so we recommend taking off your shoes to avoid losing them. โฃ โฃ Only around 1.5 miles round trip, this hike is relatively easy even on a hot day, and depending on what time you start, the high canyon walls might give you a break from the relentless sun. the real elevation gain is after you cross the creek, where the trail turns upward, through steps and short switchbacks, before curving back down along the banks of the Rio Grande.โฃ โฃ Check conditions before you go to make sure the creek hasnโ€™t flooded. And look around for wildlife! Big Bendโ€™s diverse residents can be seen throughout the park. โฃ โฃ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€:โฃ Kayaking and boating on the Rio Grande requires a backcountry permit obtained from the National Park. This applies for day, overnight, or multi-day river trips.โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #BigBend #bigbendnationalpark #exploreoutdoors #gooutdoors #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #hikemore #hikeon #hikerlife #hikelife #hikerslife #hikevibes #hikemoreworryless #hikers #idhikethat #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #betteroutside #followmytravel

๐Ÿ˜ฉ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ:โฃ
๐‘ด๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’ƒ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’Œ.โฃ ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Making a Texas hiking list? Donโ€™t miss Big Bend!โฃ
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Our last post featured the highest natural point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak. Here in Big Bend National Park, the highest point is Emory Peak. Interestingly enough, itโ€™s the longest short trail weโ€™ve ever hiked! โฃ
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Hereโ€™s why: To get to Emory Peak, you have to first hike 3.5 miles along the Pinnacles trail. The actual hike to Emory is only about 3.5 miles total, but because you can only get to it via Pinnacles, the total hike comes to ~10.5 miles. โฃ
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The best part is the final section of ~25 feet requires some scrambling over exposed rocks, so scout around first and make sure you take a route that wonโ€™t put you in a precarious situation. Oh, and there are two peaks side by side at the end, and they both have solar panels and antennae at the top. We first ascended the peak on the left, but that oneโ€™s not Emory. So we hiked back down and tried the peak on the right (which does look taller once you step back a bit). THAT one is Emory!โฃ
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One more tip: Carefully choose your route to climb back down; the trail isnโ€™t labeled here, and some of the options will take you down very steep, sheer segments of rock. We found it easier to keep to the left of the peak. โฃ
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๐Ÿ‘‰ Swipe to see a photo of the peak. โฃ
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Has anyone else climbed the wrong peak when attempting Emory or another hike? Thankfully it was a mistake that only cost us a few minutes. โฃ
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@sandyandhowie

๐Ÿ˜ฉ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ:โฃ ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’ƒ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’Œ.โฃ ๐Ÿ˜‚ โฃ Making a Texas hiking list? Donโ€™t miss Big Bend!โฃ โฃ Our last post featured the highest natural point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak. Here in Big Bend National Park, the highest point is Emory Peak. Interestingly enough, itโ€™s the longest short trail weโ€™ve ever hiked! โฃ โฃ Hereโ€™s why: To get to Emory Peak, you have to first hike 3.5 miles along the Pinnacles trail. The actual hike to Emory is only about 3.5 miles total, but because you can only get to it via Pinnacles, the total hike comes to ~10.5 miles. โฃ โฃ The best part is the final section of ~25 feet requires some scrambling over exposed rocks, so scout around first and make sure you take a route that wonโ€™t put you in a precarious situation. Oh, and there are two peaks side by side at the end, and they both have solar panels and antennae at the top. We first ascended the peak on the left, but that oneโ€™s not Emory. So we hiked back down and tried the peak on the right (which does look taller once you step back a bit). THAT one is Emory!โฃ โฃ One more tip: Carefully choose your route to climb back down; the trail isnโ€™t labeled here, and some of the options will take you down very steep, sheer segments of rock. We found it easier to keep to the left of the peak. โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿ‘‰ Swipe to see a photo of the peak. โฃ โฃ Has anyone else climbed the wrong peak when attempting Emory or another hike? Thankfully it was a mistake that only cost us a few minutes. โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #BigBend #bigbendnationalpark #exploreoutdoors #gooutdoors #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #hikemore #hikeon #hikerlife #hikelife #hikerslife #hikevibes #hikemoreworryless #hikers #idhikethat #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #mytraveldiary #followmytravel

๐‘จ ๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ ๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’†. ๐Ÿ”ฅ โฃ
๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€.โฃ
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Guadalupe Peak, aka Signal Peak, is the highest point in Texas. A metal pyramid marks the summit, and it was dedicated by American Airlines to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Butterfield Overland Mail Trail - the first transcontinental mail system - which operated from 1858-1861 and passed through these mountains. โฃ
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๐—›๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ:โฃ
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Peak elevation: 8,751โ€™ โฃ
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๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธTotal distance: 8.4 milesโฃ
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This area was once a vast ancient reef that was part of the Western Interior Seaway. Look around and youโ€™ll see fossils in the rocks beneath your feet. โฃ
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When we searched Guadalupe National Park before visiting, we learned most of the park was closed due to a fire! The fire started by lightning less than 3 weeks prior to our visit, and it had spread to nearly 2,000 acres before it was contained. Only the Pine Springs Visitor Center was open, and only FOUR HIKES were accessible. โฃ
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One easy and time-saving habit when visiting the national parks is to go online and visit the national park website (nps.gov) and look up the park youโ€™re planning to visit. Itโ€™s a good way to current conditions and warnings, as well as requirements (like reservations). During the peak of COVID, masks were required everywhere, and many parks started to enforce reservations to stagger the entry and control the volume of visitors. โฃ
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This is the first hike weโ€™ve ever summited that had such a cool marker at the top. Have you seen anything like this on your hikes?โฃ
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@sandyandhowie

๐‘จ ๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ ๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’†. ๐Ÿ”ฅ โฃ ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€.โฃ โฃ Guadalupe Peak, aka Signal Peak, is the highest point in Texas. A metal pyramid marks the summit, and it was dedicated by American Airlines to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Butterfield Overland Mail Trail - the first transcontinental mail system - which operated from 1858-1861 and passed through these mountains. โฃ โฃ ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ:โฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Peak elevation: 8,751โ€™ โฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ Elevation gain: 3,000โ€™ โฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธTotal distance: 8.4 milesโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธTime to hike: 6-8 hoursโฃ โฃ This area was once a vast ancient reef that was part of the Western Interior Seaway. Look around and youโ€™ll see fossils in the rocks beneath your feet. โฃ โฃ When we searched Guadalupe National Park before visiting, we learned most of the park was closed due to a fire! The fire started by lightning less than 3 weeks prior to our visit, and it had spread to nearly 2,000 acres before it was contained. Only the Pine Springs Visitor Center was open, and only FOUR HIKES were accessible. โฃ โฃ One easy and time-saving habit when visiting the national parks is to go online and visit the national park website (nps.gov) and look up the park youโ€™re planning to visit. Itโ€™s a good way to current conditions and warnings, as well as requirements (like reservations). During the peak of COVID, masks were required everywhere, and many parks started to enforce reservations to stagger the entry and control the volume of visitors. โฃ โฃ This is the first hike weโ€™ve ever summited that had such a cool marker at the top. Have you seen anything like this on your hikes?โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkservice #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #factstho #interestingfacts #exploreoutdoors #gooutdoors #wandermore #wandergram #exploretexas #visittexas #hikemore #hikeon #hikerlife #hikelife #hikerslife #hikevibes #hikemoreworryless #hikers #idhikethat #adventuremore #travelinfluencer #travelinsta #travelinspired #travelife #budgetfriendly #mytraveldiary #followmytravel

๐Ÿ“ท ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค.โฃ
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Cactus week ends with these armless wonders. Based on what you've learned, are these two younger than 100? Just never grew arms? What's your guess as to why they look like prickly pickles?โฃ ๐Ÿ˜„
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@sandyandhowie

๐Ÿ“ท ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค.โฃ โฃ Cactus week ends with these armless wonders. Based on what you've learned, are these two younger than 100? Just never grew arms? What's your guess as to why they look like prickly pickles?โฃ ๐Ÿ˜„ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #instagramaz #natureview #naturetherapy #nationalparkgeek #deserts #roadtripusa #allaboutadventures #arizonahiking #arizonaphotographer #arizona๐ŸŒต #visitarizona #explorearizona #travelinspired #instatravels #instatravelgram #instatraveller #saguaro #cactusinstagram #cactuslovers #cacticacti #cactusofinstagram #travellocal #hikingaddict #hikinglove #hikingviews #explorelocal #localtravel #see_arizona #localtourist #woolxinactionโฃ โฃ

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’. ๐ŸŒตโฃโฃ
๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘บ๐’˜๐’Š๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’”!โฃโฃ
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๐™๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™–๐™œ๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ค ๐™˜๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž:โฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒต ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š 10 ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ for them to reach 1 inch in heightโฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒต ๐˜ฝ๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™œ๐™š 70, they can reach around 6 feet in height and can grow their first flowers (swipe to pic 3 to see what color they are)โฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒต ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› 95-100, they can start to grow armsโฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒต ๐˜ฝ๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™ 200, they have reached their full height - possibly 45 feet tall!โฃโฃ
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๐ŸŒต ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™จ - the reason remains a mysteryโฃโฃ
๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘บ๐’˜๐’Š๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š, ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’”. โฃโฃ
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Cactus week continues with these tall beauties that can typically live 150-175 years, but scientists believe some may live over 200 years!โฃโฃ
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Join us on Friday as we wrap up our little spotlight on these supermodels of the desert. ๐Ÿ‘‡ Tell us - which fact did you find most interesting?โฃโฃ
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@sandyandhowie

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’. ๐ŸŒตโฃโฃ ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘บ๐’˜๐’Š๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’”!โฃโฃ ----------------------------โฃโฃ ๐™๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™–๐™œ๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ค ๐™˜๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž:โฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐ŸŒต ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š 10 ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ for them to reach 1 inch in heightโฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐ŸŒต ๐˜ฝ๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™œ๐™š 70, they can reach around 6 feet in height and can grow their first flowers (swipe to pic 3 to see what color they are)โฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐ŸŒต ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› 95-100, they can start to grow armsโฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐ŸŒต ๐˜ฝ๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™ 200, they have reached their full height - possibly 45 feet tall!โฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐ŸŒต ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™จ - the reason remains a mysteryโฃโฃ ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘บ๐’˜๐’Š๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š, ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’”. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ Cactus week continues with these tall beauties that can typically live 150-175 years, but scientists believe some may live over 200 years!โฃโฃ โฃ Join us on Friday as we wrap up our little spotlight on these supermodels of the desert. ๐Ÿ‘‡ Tell us - which fact did you find most interesting?โฃโฃ .โฃโฃ .โฃโฃ .โฃโฃ #nationalparkgeek #deserts #visitarizona #nationalparkservice #desertvibes #saguaro #cactusinstagram #cactusworld #cactuslovers #tucsonarizona #tucsonaz #cactusinstagram #cactusmania #cactusofinstagram #traveltales #visittucson #cactusphoto #cactusaddict #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #factstho #interestingfacts #natureisamazing #natureisart #saguaro #exploreoutdoors #gooutdoors #wandermore #wandergram

๐ŸŒต ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ!โฃ
๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ก. ๐Ÿ‘‹โฃ
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Also called the Compass Barrel because of the way it often leans toward the southwest, they favor this direction because it minimizes the amount their body is exposed to the hot midday sun. These guys can live 50-100 years, and while most of them only grow to about 2-4 feet tall, they can grow as high as 10 feet! Unfortunately, they are susceptible to tipping over before they can get very tall, due to the shallow root system.โฃ
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๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐™Ž๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™– ๐™›๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ก. ๐ŸŒผ Pic 2 is especially unusual because itโ€™s cristate, or crested, on top. The reason why some cacti have this crowning feature isnโ€™t known, but itโ€™s thought to either be a genetic mutation or the effect of a trauma, like a lightning strike. The cristate feature, while relatively rare, isnโ€™t unique to barrel cacti - any cactus can have this interesting top. There are people who travel around in search of these majestic plants, and thereโ€™s even a cristate society! โฃ
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๐Ÿ‘‰ Join us this week to learn a bit more about prickly desert natives. Have you ever seen a crusted cactus? โฃ
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#nationalparkgeek #deserts #visitarizona #nationalparkservice #desertvibes #saguaro #cactusinstagram #cactusworld #cactuslovers #tucsonarizona #tucsonaz #cactusinstagram #cactusmania #cactusofinstagram #traveltales #visittucson #cactusphoto #cactusaddict #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #factstho #interestingfacts #natureisamazing #natureisart #touristattraction #exploreoutdoors #gooutdoors #wandermore #wandergram

@sandyandhowie

๐ŸŒต ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ!โฃ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ก. ๐Ÿ‘‹โฃ โฃ Also called the Compass Barrel because of the way it often leans toward the southwest, they favor this direction because it minimizes the amount their body is exposed to the hot midday sun. These guys can live 50-100 years, and while most of them only grow to about 2-4 feet tall, they can grow as high as 10 feet! Unfortunately, they are susceptible to tipping over before they can get very tall, due to the shallow root system.โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐™Ž๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™– ๐™›๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™ก. ๐ŸŒผ Pic 2 is especially unusual because itโ€™s cristate, or crested, on top. The reason why some cacti have this crowning feature isnโ€™t known, but itโ€™s thought to either be a genetic mutation or the effect of a trauma, like a lightning strike. The cristate feature, while relatively rare, isnโ€™t unique to barrel cacti - any cactus can have this interesting top. There are people who travel around in search of these majestic plants, and thereโ€™s even a cristate society! โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿ‘‰ Join us this week to learn a bit more about prickly desert natives. Have you ever seen a crusted cactus? โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ #nationalparkgeek #deserts #visitarizona #nationalparkservice #desertvibes #saguaro #cactusinstagram #cactusworld #cactuslovers #tucsonarizona #tucsonaz #cactusinstagram #cactusmania #cactusofinstagram #traveltales #visittucson #cactusphoto #cactusaddict #travelsafe #travelinglife #nationalparkgeek #factstho #interestingfacts #natureisamazing #natureisart #touristattraction #exploreoutdoors #gooutdoors #wandermore #wandergram

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