Name That Cactus!

Travel Blog  •  Sophia Dembling  •  04.21.09 | 1:37 PM ET

Scottsdale is all very hip and happening, with fancy hotels, great golf courses (allegedly—I’m no golfer) and highly rated restaurants. But during my visit last year, I was mesmerized by the cacti. So many varieties, so many personalities. I snapped umpteen photos—see my brief slideshow after the jump and read about a contest that could win you a trip to the booming desert city.

See these cacti and more, live and in, um, person. The very schmancy Boulders Resort is running a name-that-cactus contest. Look at the Boulders website to see photos of six distinctive cacti on the property. Six contestants who submit the most creative names for the cacti will each win a Scottsdale vacation—two nights for two in a casita suite, a $500 airfare gift card per winner, daily breakfast and two rounds of golf at The Boulders Golf Club. (And thanks to my excellent husband, Tom Battles, for the slideshow music.)

Oh, and if you love cacti like I love cacti, then you’ll love this.

Sophia Dembling

Dallas-based writer Sophia Dembling is co-author of the Flyover America blog and author of "The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas." She would love to hear your tales of America, so drop her an email.

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