Monday, March 21, 2011

Cactus - Dig Your Own!

As you drive east on Highway 62 through the town of Morongo Valley, be sure to stop at the Cactus Mart. If the “Dig Your Own Cactus 59 ¢” sign doesn’t catch your fancy, or the giant lizard on the roof of the gift shop doesn’t catch your eye, or if you don’t want to get out just to see the myriad cacti displays both in the ground and for sale in pots, or the flocks of colorful birds jostling at the feeders out back near the Koi pond, or if you aren’t interested in purchasing cactus candy or pomegranate jelly, OR even if you don’t need to use their the bathroom, then get out of your car JUST to see Butch and Sundance, the resident cashier counter cats! These beguiling critters could care less that human hubbub and high commerce is being carried out all around them; that human eyes are taking in their lovely mutual catnaps, taking pictures, blowing in their ears, petting them, calling their spouses to say “Honey, come in to look at these darling cats!” while souvenirs, cacti, postcards, objects de art, money, and credit cards exchange human hands above their innocent heads, while they continue to snooze.  An itch behind the ears or a stroke of soft fur will produce a stretchy leg, a cat smile, and then, an even closer snuggle.  How long do cats sleep, anyway?  Every time we stop, those two have themselves cuddled into this wooden box, on the cashier counter.  A must-see in Morongo! 

The other sign that's hard to miss is the "Cactus Mart" sign.

Oh, and remember to grab your camera before you head in!

Two cats in a box!!


  1. Love those angelic cats! Will have to stop there soon. Can't wait to see them. Don't they a potty break?

  2. That's Butch on the right, and Sundance on the left.

  3. Beautiful story. Thanks for visiting the Cactus Mart and we hope you return soon.

    Butch and Sundance are not that angelic. They spend quite a bit of time below the bird feeder when they are not snoozing.

    Gene & Leslie
    Cactus Mart