Go down into the valley or into any of the more desert areas and you will find tumbleweeds. Due to many of the old westerns, a tumbleweed has become a symbol of the west.
Tumbleweeds are actually an invasive weed called Russian Thistle that was apparently brought into this country in the late 1800’s in shipments of flax seed brought in by Russian immigrants.
It now is a noxious weed that has spread throughout the west, overtaking roadsides, cultivated fields, eroded slopes, and arid regions with sparse vegetation. Much like the Kudzu of the south, Russian Thistle can easily overtake the landscape.
Seeds are spread as mature plants break off at ground level and tumble with the wind. One plant typically produces about 250,000 seeds. It thrives in hot arid lands, and has made itself at home in the arid deserts of Arizona.
But it seems that the folks of Chandler, AZ, have found a great seasonal use for tumbleweeds!
We will be leaving here on October 31, and starting at the Tucson Lazy Days KOA on November 15. The high desert of Arizona has been one of our favorite places to live so far.
Everyday is a beautiful surprise. And that is what life is all about. Isn’t it?