road trip. cactus. giant cactus. saguaro. prickly pear. payson. pine tree. Sonoran Desert. Arizona. Phoenix. Balagbag falls. Daranak Falls.

Road trips, Cactus, and Payson’s Fine Pine Trees

I love road trips.

Back in the Philippines if we had the time and resources, we would go on long road trips to Quezon province, Ilocos Region, Rizal Province, and even to Tacloban City which was nearly two days of land traveling from Manila.

My girls, at Daranak Falls in Rizal Province, Philippines

At one time, me and Sharon, a former co-teacher, had a road trip from Iloilo to Boracay. It took us seven hours to reach the beautiful Boracay Island. We took the ordinary bus. We rode a van in going back to Iloilo. We got so tired but it was worth the side trip.

On our way to Boracay Island

Around Arizona I already had two road trips. I had so much fun. I have decided to make a series about them.

First reason why I am doing it a series by the way is, it is already 10:00 pm on my part of the world. I need to wake up early tomorrow for work. And early for me here is 3:50 am. Another reason is I got hundreds of pictures from those trips it is difficult to decide which ones I am going to use for my article😁.

To start of: Payson. It is located 90 minutes North of Phoenix (the capital of Arizona).

Along the way there are lots of Cactus, different kinds and sizes, and trees.

The Prickly Pear Cactus



Giant Saguaro Cactus

More Saguaros

The Saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States. It can live to be as much as 150-200 years old.


Pine Trees, everywhere



It was so relaxing, traveling in these part of the world surrounded with these pine trees. One wishes to stay here forever, me included. But alas, it cannot be. At the end of the day, I needed to go back to reality and back to the city. Once a year or maybe twice, visiting the place is okay with me. Just went back by the way last weekend (August 12, 2018).

I have posted two articles about it.


I used to be confused about this. I heard some people refer to Arizona as a desert. But there are lots of Plant Life here! I knew desert to be barren lands. Then I learned that it is only the Southwestern Arizona which forms a part of the Sonoran Desert and not the whole State.

And there is even water falls at the middle of the forest!


Small it may be, compared to the other waterfalls I have been to, but it is still a waterfalls and it is beautiful.

Fiona & me, at Balagbag Falls in Quezon Province, Philippines.

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