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Mar 15, 2019 - Ajo museum and Cornelia open pit copper mine (closed)

Today we travelled 145 miles each way to the Ajo historical museum and The New Cornelia Mine site that had closed a few years ago.It was an 8 1/2 return trip that wound up our last thing to see here in Arizona this year. The folks who share the mine site information had lots of info because the husband had worked there for years. I didnt know that they had a train running around in circles taking the copper out. There was more than 300 MILES of railroad track in there.It was removed when they closed it, but there is lots of track still...

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Jan 28, 2019 - A Day in the Desert

This morning was a perfect day for walking in the desert. The sun was out, the donkeys were braying and I could hear a woodpecker working on a saguaro. I also slept nine hours last night. First night in two weeks that I was able to go to bed not feeling any stress. Virgie and Rick were the first to arrive about noon. They set up close to me and we watched Jeff and Susan pull in with their gorgeous custom painted HitchHiker Champagne (their monster truck is also painted to match), at about 2:30. Just a beautiful setup. I met both couples...

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Jan 27, 2019 - Lookin' Good!

Three hundred fifty-three miles and NO WARNING! Oh, goodness, how grand it feels. I left Tucson at 10 sharp and arrived a little after noon here at Hickiwan Trails RV Park. Being Sunday, there was little traffic on the road. 'Course, I doubt Hwy 86, the Ajo highway, is very busy at any time. Hickiwan is a district in the Tohono O'Odham Nation which spans almost to Casa Grande in the north and to the outskirts of Tucson in the east, and borders Mexico in the south. The RV park is on their reservation and we have a casino right as you drive...

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Feb 1, 2018 - Back to the Warm

My flight back to Ajo left on the 29th. I did not have a direct flight this time, but did get a somewhat better price. Jeanne took off work to take me to the airport since Michael Jane was not feeling well. It had been a stressful week for us, but good to spend some time with my sister and with the rest of the family that came for the service. On the other hand, I was really looking forward to being back with my husband and kitty and having some warm weather for a change. The cold had followed us ever since we visited Cincinnati back in...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Friends in the Desert

Well this has been a fun few days. We had been saying for 2 years now that we were going to visit Ajo so we could stop in to visit one of our friends who we met when hosting in Durango. But it seemed that something always came up so we could not. Now this year we have another couple who hosted for us last year who are working in Ajo for the winter, so we had twice the reason to make it happen. The 13th was a travel day. It was a short trip, so it was a short day, which made the kitty very happy. Larry and Grace, who hosted for us last...

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Feb 12, 2016 - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

One of our favorite National Parks is the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. We spent a week here driving the two-track roads and hiking the numerous trails. I know last year I included pictures from this area...but I have more!!! We drove this 4 hour two-track drive where we paralleled the Mexican border for quite sometime. This pic shows just HOW close we were and HOW open the border is! One of the hikes we came back for was the Arches Canyon Trail. It was beautiful! The pictures from behind just don't do it justice. Amazing...

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Feb 18, 2015 - Ajo, Az and Shadow Ridge RV Resort

Nice easy drive to Ajo. Norma drove for about an hour and did great. We stayed at Shadow Ridge RV Resort in Ajo, Az. Ajo is a very small town with not much to do and not many stores or restaurants. The area is pretty, with a lot of cool cacti. Shadow Ridge RV Resort is old, but clean and kept up well. We stayed in space 5. Cel signal was bad and our WiFi did not work well. The park Wifi worked pretty good. Quiet and dark at night, 50 amp power, water pressure good and water tasted good. No pool, but they have a small club house with social...

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Jan 13, 2015 - Puerto Blanco Scenic Tour

Today we took a 37 mile backcountry drive through the park. We have come to enjoy these drives greatly after our experiences in Capitol Reef and Joshua Tree. The ranger led drive yesterday was through the eastern part of the park and today’s will be through the western area of the park. Not too long after we get started we notice a truck coming up behind us and we pull over to let it by. It is a tow truck and scoots by so quickly with so much dust we can’t tell if it Border Patrol or National Park Service – they are both white with green...

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Jan 12, 2015 - Organ Pipe Cactus National monument

January 10th, 11th and 12th—Saturday and Sunday were travel days as we tooled along from Joshua Tree National Park past Palm Springs and south along the Salton Sea to Yuma. The Saturday drive along the east shore of the Salton Sea was labeled a “scenic drive” but oh my it was perhaps once but no more. The Salton Sea, the result of an engineering error in the 1930’s that poured millions of gallons of water into a basin 200 feet below sea level, has since not had water replenished and has turned salty, although some shorebirds and sea birds...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Ajo AZ

Ajo....a former copper-mining town sits 40 miles north of the Mexican border. The mine closed in the early eighties and all that remains now is a huge hole on our planet. We were unaware of its existence until we came home and looked for some pictures on Google.To bad we passed by without getting a glimpse at it. Ajo is a Spanish Colonial Revival town built in 1917. In the center of town sits a lovely plaza lined by tall palms, flanked by mission churches, a Historic Plaza,a railway depot in Spanish-style architecture in the downtown...

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Dec 17, 2014 - Ajo-Arch Canyon

Roy spotted markings in desert N. of Ajo on google Earth & last night we saw what looked like orange flares with white lights moving among them. Found out this a.m. that the Barry Goldwater Air Force range is N.of here & there has been on going practice air strikes. Interesting. Ajo is also the jumping point to go to Puerto Penasco (Rock Point)Sonora,Mexico. Border crossing is at Lukeville.

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Dec 16, 2014 - Ajo.Arizona

Dec.15 -Decided to leave Tucson & take Hwy.85 to Why & Ajo. Enjoyed the drive, scenic lots of cactus. Went thru the town of Why & decided to stay in Ajo Heights R.V. Park. Nice & tidy. Surrounded by desert, mountains & copper mine tailings. Cornelia Mine produced copper from 1847-1984 and the town is called the gateway to the Sonoran Desert & Sea of Cortez. Border crossing at Lukeville into Mexico is South to Sonoyta & on to Rock Point. Little cooler to-day at 63F. Dec.16 We headed to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. After a stop at the...

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