Goodbye to the Desert Saguaro – We Moved


We bid adieu to our friends the Saguaro cactus as we have moved back to Southern California. This time not San Diego, but Los Angeles. We have had a hard time saying goodbye to the many friends we have made in our 5 years here in the desert, but are excited for the next chapter in our life being near our granddaughter and her brother when he is born early next year.

Five years ago, my wife and I created a 5 year plan. We are very family oriented and didn’t want to be too far away from any of our three daughters and future grandchildren. At that time, since none of our girls were staying in San Diego, we wanted to give it 5 years to see where they  would land. Knowing all three, we knew they would stay somewhere in the western part of the US. Denver had been mentioned, Seattle and Los Angeles, so moving to Phoenix wasn’t that far off the map. Fast forward to today, all three are married (terrific son-in-laws). We have one daughter and her husband in Los Angeles and the other two and their husbands in Seattle area. Our Los Angeles family has our first grandchild with one on the way. At some point in the not too distant future we expect to see some grandchildren in Seattle, so time will tell where we ultimately end up.

I used this picture I created of the Saguaro Cactus as the poor thing has been the brunt of family jokes with my wife. They spook her out…she says they look like large people in the desert and at night it just creeps her out. I find them very unique and of course symbolic of the “Old West”. Knowing we have all given her a hard time about the large people in the desert, just couldn’t resist adding some eyes and mouth as they say “goodbye” to us!


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33 thoughts on “Goodbye to the Desert Saguaro – We Moved

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Not sure how I missed this…it did! It has taken a full two weeks to unpack, but we are pretty settled at this point and enjoying being so close to our granddaughter and of course our daughter and son-in-law!

  1. lorriebowden

    I love the prints, Kirt…especially the saguaros with faces!! I love those cactus. I was so lucky once to stay at a hotel in a canyon. The saguaros gently climbed the mountain. I would go out on the deck in the early morning and it felt like they were my friends. It was the most peaceful quiet I have ever heard!
    Best of luck to you and your family…how exciting…a new chapter. I know in my heart that you will be happy wherever you go (especially near family) because you bring your faith and your love with you _/\_
    Good luck with the move…take your time and be in the moment.
    Best wishes for a great holiday weekend 💜

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Lorrie…still unpacking but already have had so much fun with our granddaughter….we have two Maine Coon cats that she has only seen via FaceTime (we never bring them with us when we come to visit) and she was so excited to see them in person…that was fun to watch…my best to you…

  2. milfordstreet

    I really enjoyed the Saguaro Cactus and making photos of them when we visited Tucson. That was our first vacation after I bought my first dSLR. Good luck in your new place. New environs mean new places to discover for images. Cheers!

  3. Writing to Freedom

    Fun images Kirt. I think they could be the start of a fun kid’s book with talking cacti! 🙂 Wishing you all the best with your move to LA. I know it will be nice to be near your daughter and grandkids. Curious minds wonder how you picked LA with 2 daughters in Seattle?

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Brad…the LA pick over Seattle is actually just a temporary thing for about three years. Our LA daughter and her husband are the only ones with a grandchild and they have another one on the way. Our two in Seattle are both a couple of years out from starting families.

  4. Darlene

    Good luck with your move. It is always hard to say goodbye but you never lose the friends you made, only add new ones to the growing list. The Saguaro Cactus look great. I love the ones with eyes and mouth!!

  5. Sue Slaght

    Very best wishes for she’s for your move! What a wise idea to see where they landed. How wonderful it will be to be near the grandchildren.
    I laughed out loud at the cartoon like saguaro. Now there’s a whole series in the making!

  6. Diane Henders

    Too funny! I love saguaros – I only got to make their acquaintance in Tucson a few years ago, and I’d love to go back again. Congratulations on your grandchildren, and best wishes for happiness in your new home! 🙂

      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        It boggles my mind and to think we thought 5 years ago when we moved from San Diego to Arizona we thought we got rid of a lot…have a great Labor Day, Dan!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks …two weeks later and we are finally unpacked!!! My wife appreciates your support…we all have given her such a hard time over her take on the saguaro…thanks for stopping by!!


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