Desert Living

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I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of weeks. It seems like the weekends just get away from me and before I know it, it’s Monday. I’ve been on track with keeping my posts scheduled to go out on time, but when it comes to these wrap-ups that I kind of have to do the night before or the day of, that’s where I keep dropping the ball. I’m starting to think I should just do a monthly wrap-up. Make it a little bit easier on myself.

Anyway, some friends and I rescued an African Spurred Tortoise that had wandered onto my friend’s property the other week. These guys are not native to our area and he clearly got out of his enclosure and was doing a bit of exploring. It was definitely an experience. He was huge and heavy, and didn’t want to be corralled. Which meant that I had to pick him up and carry him back towards the house so that we could get him loaded into a vehicle. He got to spend the night with my friend’s other tortoises before he was reunited with his owner.

Yesterday I was able to attend the Mojave Desert Land Trust plant sale event. I have been looking forward to this for months. Usually when you go to nurseries out here, they are selling fancy desert plants. However, the MDLT was focusing on the native plants to the area that help benefit the ecosystem. So there were palo verdes, creosote, and even baby Joshua trees. The residents out here have been fighting for years to get the Joshua trees added to the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species. Usually you can only get a Joshua tree if you grow it from seed, so I was really excited to get my hands on a baby JT. Plus, the proceeds from the sale went to the MDLT which strives to protect, restore, and educate the public about this amazing landscape. So it was all for a good cause.



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  1. That tortoise is huge! And I had never considered that Joshua Trees are actually trees. I only know it from U2 so had assumed this was a town name. Oops!

    • It’s the name of a town and the national park. However, there are plants called Joshua Tree (what the town and park are named after since they grow here). It’s kind of confusing because it looks like a tree and it’s called a Joshua “tree”, but it’s really part of the agave family.

  2. Wow, that was a big tortoise. Glad you were able to find the owner.

  3. Glad you were able to help the tortoise.I may have said this before, but I copy paste by template for the Sunday Post each Sunday evening, and add things to it all week. So that all that is left on Saturday is my message.

  4. Kristin, I would totally love to hang out with you and experience all your adventures! Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

  5. Kathy Martin on 29 October, 2018 at 10:55 am said:

    Big tortoise! Glad you were able to reunite him with his owner. I don’t even know what a Joshua Tree looks like. Minnesota doesn’t have any. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. I rode my Harley out Route 66 to LA in 2014 and wanted to go to Joshua Trees National Park but then it was 116 degrees and based on the distance between gas stations I decided it was a bad idea. Cool that you got one. I just read Fury. I loved both Menagerie and Spectacle. I hope you enjoy them; it’s a great series. Anne – Books of My Heart

  7. That tortoise was gorgeous. Glad you found the owner. We have a lot of great native plant events here and I’ve gotten some great deals and interesting plants.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  8. I love the photos! I didn’t know that tortoises could run away. That must have been a very slow escape. Hopefully your tree grows big and healthy! Have a good week.

  9. Oh my goodness. That is a big boy! Awesome yall were able to find his home.

  10. I love your photos! I am going to follow you on IG.

    I love tortoises. They have become a pretty popular pet here in the Northeast, too. People let them hangout in their yards during the summer and we had a couple of escapees in our neighborhood this year. Ha ha. ,

    Yay for finding a Joshua tree seedling! May it grow strong and tall. Have a wonderful November.

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