The LA Examiner (never heard of them) go traveling a few miles up the road and reach the cholla garden at Joshua Tree NP. Nice photo:

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Photo: Seth Smigelski

The Cholla Cactus Garden is… (p)erhaps the cutest cactus on the planet, the Cholla is know as the “teddy bear” cactus. But this is one teddy bear you should never hug (or) back in to a Cholla. That is not a pleasant experience, or so I’ve heard…

I think he’s speaking from experience. Plyers are a good tool to have around if you find yourself in a cholla forest.