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Mar 2, 2017 - Organ Pipe National Monument

3/2/17 Yesterday we went for a drive which took us through the monument on the longest route to see the vast variety of cacti. It requires 4 wheel drive with plenty of ground clearance so we piled into M&P’s Suzuki, along with the dogs of course, and headed out. We saw and identified many varieties. Only barrel and Ocotillo were in bloom. The desert floor was covered in green vegetation due to the rains they had this year. There were areas covered in yellow California poppies. I’ll add a picture of this. We went along the Mexican border for...

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Dec 3, 2012 - Lukeville AZ - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument - Twin Peaks Campground

If you're ever in Arizona, you have to come here!! On the Mexican boarder in Arizona, it's right in the middle of the Sonoran desert. Got here yesterday. The campground is primitive (i.e., no electricity), so it's really dark at night. Went outside last night and watched the stars. There were tons of them - even saw the Milky Way. It was spectacular. Took a 3 hour driving tour of the desert around the Ajo (Ah-ho) mountains today. The Sonoran Desert is a "green" desert, not brown and tan like you might expect. The plant life makes it green....

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Retired at Last!

Feb 7, 2012 - Lukeville, Arizona

2/7 – 2/9 Another 25 miles down SR85 brought us to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Lukeville, Arizona. This was the spot for the Mexican Connection club pre-rally prior to the trip to Mexico. There were about sixty rigs gathered for the adventure. During the three days we: >attended meetings about travel in Mexico >drove to Mexico to get our visa documents >had a catered dinner of Indian tacos >met some of our fellow travelers >took the 21 mile loop trail called Ajo Mountain Trail in our Jeep. This park is extremely beautiful and the...

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Feb 6, 2012 - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Today we will arrive at the Organ Pipe Catcus Campground where we will be for 4 nights getting ready for our adventure into Mexico. We will be camping and traveling with Chapter 8 the "Mexican Connection". That is a chapter of the Escapees RV Group. Tom and I will be on the parking committee. We will be helping park the caravan once they arrive at the campground in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

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Nov 22, 2010 - The Sonoran Desert

Today we drove from Yuma out into the desert to camp there for three days and experience life in the desert. The nearest town is Sonoyta which is across the international border in Mexico. (This is being typed on the 25th as I have had no access to the internet for three days. I will try to get my journal up-to-date tomorrow.)

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Find Tom 3

Feb 1, 2010 - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Monday, February 01, 2010 Wow have I been lazy, er busy. Just haven’t had time to do an update I guess. In a stroke of luck???? I could get the Vikings game on my TV even in the desert outside of Quartzsite. Everybody in the circle was very surprised and happy. It was a little snowy but not too bad. I made sure the generator was full of gas as I figured I didn’t want it to run out just as the end of the game was nearing. Of course I had no idea that it would have been a good thing if it had! It was our turn to cook so everyone piled in our...

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Dec 31, 2009 - Organ Pipes National Monument

What a Great day! We had a whole hour of driving today, after we slept in and loafed around enjoying our morning coffee, we took off to Organ Pipes National Monument to spend a delightful New Years Eve. We took a hike in to the visitor’s center and then we shared a wonderful dinner with Heather and Peter and decided on an early night to get an early start in the morning. We had a few festivities with poppers and hats and toasts all around with a stunning backdrop of a full moon over the desert landscape. Quite a magnificent setting.

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Feb 8, 2009 - 3rd Week From Yuma

On Monday we went golfing at the 9 holes golf course located in our RV Park. Although the course is not top notch it still provided us the chance to hit a few golf balls and enjoy the good and moan at the bad shots. Tuesday morning we went for a hike in the desert south of where we are staying. By the time we finished the temperature was around 27 Celsius so we were pretty warm. In the afternoon we attended a Jam Session that is held every Tuesday at the RV Parks main hall. The turnout by the Park residents to watch the Jam Session was...

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Dec 9, 2008 - Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is somewhat secluded and off the beaten path, located about 5 miles north of the border towns of Lukeville and Sonoyta, MX, on Highway 85 south of Why! To get here from Tucson we took the Ajo Highway 86 west. The namesake organ pipe is a large cactus found rarely in the United States, although it is common in Mexico. The monument encompasses the bulk of its U.S. population. Like its fellow cacti and other desert inhabitants, the organ pipe is tuned to the rhythms of the sun and the infrequent rains. A...

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Mar 23, 2008 - Lukeville (Gringo Pass), Arizona

We have had two wonderful days back in Organ Pipes Cactus National Monument. The cactus are not in full bloom, but we did find a few and the wildflowers are extraordinary, even though they may be a bit past their prime. It always amazes me just how much life is in the desert. We went on a tour of Ajo Mountain and the guide really opened our eyes to the variations and life cycles of the desert communities. We are not usually tour takers, but this was truly worthwhile, we never would have seen so much or gotten as much information from just...

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Jan 26, 2008 - Lukeville, AZ

We camped last night at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, it was beautiful. The Sonoran Desert is very unique as it is what I call a "green" desert. There is a lot of plant life, more so than say the Mojave Desert which is miles of dirt with a few clumps of growth here or there. There are 28 species of cactus alone, plus a myriad of other plant life. We were here early enough to do a bit of hiking about and visiting with several of the other campers. It clouded up this evening and the locals were hoping for rain, but because of the...

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