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One month and we’re off again!

We may be enjoying one of the warmest / mildest winters on record, but give me a bright sunny day with a light frost any day!

In exactly one month Angie and I will be flying to LAX to meet up with Eunice Thompson and introduce Angie to the delights of a Prime Rib at the Naples Prime Rib Factory, exactly where we left off on my last visit to California in 2015.

The next day we head south to meet up with Jonathan Clark again, who has also caught the ‘seeing cacti in habitat bug’.

The four of us will head across the border into Baja. Our goal is a visit to Isla Cerralvoa / Jacques Cousteau  Island.

On the way, our goals include:

  • Photographing Cochemiea maritima
  • Visiting the habitat of the monstrose form of Stenocereus (Lophophocereus) schottii, the Totem pole Cactus
  • Showing Jonathan the various taxa of Ferocactus in Baja

We’ll return to Alto California a few days before flying back to England after recording some aerial film clips of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and meeting up with friends at a meeting of the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society.

As usual, I aim to bring you daily notes, health, wealth and Internet access permitting, on these pages. Once back home, some 30 presentations will keep me busy for the summer.

I hope again that you’ll follow our adventures here. Once back in the UK I will clean up the text and add images and produce a book version of the adventures.

By the way, the book version of the Chile 2015 trip can now be viewed and bought at http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/6792181-the-cactus-trip-diaries-chile-2015