they warned us about this

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yep, there’s pokey things in the desert. particularly pernicious are the cholla. AKA jumping cholla. they’ll get on you and don’t want to turn loose. and the instinctive response to try to brush them off just makes things worse. we did get some horror stories about people falling on a whole plant, fortunately that didn’t happen to anyone on our trip. but the doctor did step on some – bits of them come off and fall away from the main plant, hence the jumping – and once someone pointed it out he tried to step on it with the other foot to get it to come off the first. and then tried to pull them off, fortunately he was wearing gloves. and fortunately the guide had some tweezers!

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why they get the big bucks

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