My brother bought some land that was virgin desert, and when cleaning it up, he found the cactus skeleton and boot. It's illegal to collect these from the wild. People sometimes use these for craft making or as a natural display.
Grabbing some cheese and crackers, a few pieces of fruit we didn't want to waste another minute of the glorious cloudy day so we decided to check the progress of desert wildflowers. It had been raining part of the night and early morning, so of course the desert rain smell was the biggest lure. We drove about 30 miles to the west side of the White Tank mountains and took a back road to see what we could find.
There were a lot of trails to choose from. We only had to use the 4-wheel-drive twice, and I never had to get out of the truck! We drove 21 miles of the back roads and did not see a wildflower in bloom, or much wildlife for that matter, but saw plenty of strange looking cacti!
This Saguaro has arms growing from the base. I can't remember ever seeing one like it. They typically grow many years before the arms start growing. Because of the growth pattern, it may be a Cardon cactus instead of a Saguaro.