Saturday, as I was walking around Deep Canyon, I spotted these cholla spikes on the ground near some cholla cactus. I bent over to take photos of them and then, on my way back to my car, discovered the ready-to-go fire ring (see previous post). I wanted to show you the spikes because THESE are what people often step on, not the cactus itself. These were just lying on the ground. As you walk by them, the weight of your body makes the ground tremble just enough for them to "jump" up on your shoes or socks. That's why I always wear my boots or my heavy-duty WALMART steel-toed $20 boots. However, I always shudder when I see people walking around with flip-flops! Oye vei! I remember one time, up at Lone Pine, we stopped at the visitor's center and I only had tennis shoes and socks on and, as I was walking to the restroom, I walked BY (not on!) some cholla. Yes, they attached themself to my socks. Your instinct is to take your hand and swipe them off. NO, NO!!! They would then attach themselves to your hand! I took some paper towels and swished them off! So, be careful when you are out and about in our deserts or mountains and keep an eye out for cholla! It can be very painful. Cactus Monday for November 15, 2010.