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Mar 13, 2017 - Organ pipe Cactus

Well we were camped just 5 miles from the Mexico boarder. We have had to go threw several boarder check points on the roads. All you do is slow down and go past them so they can look you over, bunny gets a lot of attention from them. The weather is HOT. In the 90's and we are not used to it. We brought lots of cold weather cloths with us expecting for it to still be cold. It might be once we start to head north. The news forecast for it to be hot all week in the 90's. Everything has been doing OK. We are down for a few days to wait for our...

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Mar 24, 2015 - Victoria Mine and Palo Verde Trails

Tuesday, March 24: Victoria Mine and Palo Verde Trails Route: Twin Peaks Campground → Victoria Mine Trailhead Weather: 55F with a clear, quiet morning and a high of 84F and gusty by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: n/a Highlights: - spotting a Gila Woodpecker - the scenic Sonoran Desert views and Ajo Mountains from the Victoria Mine Trail - walking the Palo Verde Trail from the campground to the Visitor Center to see the displays - not having to drive anywhere Hubby was up and starting breakfast about 30 minutes early this...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 23, 2015 - Anza-Borrego Desert S.P. to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Monday, March 23: Anza-Borrego Desert SP (CA) to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (AZ) Route: Tamarisk Grove Campground → S3 → US-78E → CA-111S → I-8E → US-86S Weather: 65F with a clear, windy morning and a high of 86F and calm by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9mpg Highlights: - stopping in Westmorland, CA for locally-grown dates - crossing the Colorado River into Arizona - crossing the fertile Mohawk, Park and San Cristobal Valleys - the splendid flower displays in Arizona's Sonoran Desert We could tell it was going to be...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 23, 2015 - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

About Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Created by US President FDR's Proclamation of 1937, the federal land within the boundaries of this National Monument is the northernmost range of two separate plant communities. The Lower Colorado Valley habitat is one of the hottest and driest in the USA. The Arizona Upland habitat is one of the wetter portions of the Sonoran Desert. In the driest areas creosote, mesquite and saltbush predominate. In the wetter areas Palo Verde Trees, Jojoba, Agave and Juniper grow in the higher elevations and...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 13, 2015 - Organ Pipe National Park

We finally left the nice campground near Tucson and headed south again this time to Organ Pipe NP. This park is the only National Park in the US where Organ Cacti grow. They look much like the Saguaro Cacti except they do not start from a single stem but in a cluster. So much for our cactus lesson. The park borders with Mexico and so we were stopped again by the Border Patrol but once they saw we were Canadian we were waived through with a smile. We just stayed for the one night and left for Phoenix in the morning.

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Escaping Freeseland

Mar 10, 2015 - Organ Pipe NM

Organ Pipe NM The past few days have been a combination of relaxing, driving to Ajo for computer time at the local library, ranger programs and a hike now and then. Thinking back, this could very well be the longest time I’ve spent at any one location – other than the holiday time in Phoenix. I must say, it has been rather nice to simply enjoy the surroundings, without being in a rush to get anywhere. While my adventuresome side has been itching to take a day trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, my cautious side has held me back. I even...

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Mar 5, 2015 - Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Mon

Organ Pipe Cactus NM, first couple days As one considers traveling in or near Mexico these days, various concerns seem to come to the forefront – whether in one’s own mind, or expressed by others. Such was the case when first considering Organ Pipe NM, as the park borders Mexico. My first real conversation took place, oddly, at the Quartzsite RV show, at which the Organ Pipe Cactus NM was represented at a booth by park rangers. This was fortunate, as I was actually considering heading that direction from Quartzsite. My first question: was...

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Feb 20, 2015 - Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona

We drove from Ajo to Organ Pipe National Monument. Easy drive. We got a nice spot at the campground in the park. Very nice big spots. No hook ups, but they have a dump station and water. Gens can only be ran from 8-10 am and 4-6 pm, so it was tricky keeping the batteries up on the Moho. Verizon and AT&T worked ok enough to call peeps and do a little internet stuff. Dish worked good. The nights were about 55 degrees, so we did not need to run our heater until gen time. Day time temps were about 75-78 degrees, very nice. We drove the scenic...

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Feb 9, 2015 - Winding Down

We are wrapping up our short “vacation” in Arizona. We ventured into the big cities and small, desert towns during our trip. After we left the RV resort in Casa Grande, we traveled to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The park is about 75 miles south of Gila Bend and about 7 miles from the Mexican border. We first visited the park in 2011. During that visit, a good part of the scenic dirt roads and hiking trails were closed. We were told that these closures were because of high incidents of drug smuggling in the area thus making them...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Today we set course on a scenic trip into the Organ Pipe Park near the Mexican border. The course changed as we drove into the morning sun, choosing a longer round trip instead. Driving south from Casa Grande we found our way onto Highway 15 heading on a southwest course. Along this highway we must have passed a minimum of ten or more Border Patrol vehicles in minutes,they were everywhere. At the highway 86 junction we turned west towards….. Why AZ,yes that is correct - Why is a small rural community on the Western border of the Tohono...

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Oct 16, 2014 - [driving home] deserted

i’ve been hanging out in the desert – my absolute favorite place to be, even better than the beach - since my last post. it’s wild and harsh and quiet and peaceful and i love it. i spent two nights camping in the big bend national park on the texas/mexico border, and another two nights in organ pipe cactus national monument, on the arizona/mexico border. a great way to wrap up this fantastic journey! i drove the 400 miles from my cousin’s house in san antonio to big bend on a friday, arriving about 3:30pm. i’d called ahead to see if i...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Organ Pipe

Early in our travels we learned that you can't go wrong visiting a national park or monument. These special places preserve something rare, unique or wonderful and are always worthwhile to visit. Organ Pipe National Monument is off the beaten trail extending to the US/Mexico border. Mexico has a national park, El Picante, abutting it south of our border. Together both parks work together to monitor projects such as wildlife migration, climate and weather trends and human impacts on park resources. From our perspective this is the only place...

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