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Mar 21, 2018 - Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument

Hello all, Sorry about the long hiatus with the blog entries. Since arriving in Tucson last December, our travel plans had changed significantly, albeit all changes for the better. That being said, we have been “anchored” a bit more than planned and our travels have been less. Originally we had planned to leave Tucson on 15 March and begin wandering north through AZ into UT, and then spend April and maybe May visiting UT A to Z (Arches to Zion). Well today is 21 March and still in Tucson. With that in mind, we can report we have finally...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Why AZ

History- Why The unusual name comes from the fact that at one time, two major highways (Highway 85 and Highway 86) intersected in a Y. The spot became known as "The Y," and the spelling was changed when residents petitioned for a post office. At the time of the town's naming, Arizona law required town and city names to have at least three letters, so the town founders decided to name it Why because they could not just call it Y. Even though there are campsites in the park,this is the closest full hookup RV park in the area.Apparently...

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Feb 12, 2014 - Why, AZ

We left Yuma and drove to Why, AZ to link up with our group that will be going to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. The campground is only about 30 miles north of the border. That makes the trip to our campground in Mexico less than a 100 mile trip. At Why we had a great happy hour, great weather, and a fantastic sunset.

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Travel 2014

Mar 7, 2013 - Sonoran Desert at Why, AZ

In the summer of 1998, Clark's aunt introduced me to a wonderful book, called Blue Highways. That book inspired a dream and I've been waiting, since, to fulfill that dream. Life kept interfering. I decided that if we just didn't do it, we would never make this trip. So, my long dreamed of perimeter trip of the Lower 48 is finally going to happen. I've had the trip planned, on a map and spreadsheet, for years. We'll take about 13 months to do the 12,500 miles. We have a general itinerary, but nothing is written in concrete, so we will be...

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Mar 4, 2013 - Back to the USA

Travelling here on Monday March 4. We crossed the border at Sonoyta / Lukeville and drove north east for about an hour to The Twin peaks campground in Organ Pipe Cactus National Park, just south of Why, AZ. No hook-ups, at the campsite, but level concrete pads. Solar powered showers w/ flush toilets. Sites are similar to the BC provincial parks. Stayed for 2 nights here, it would be worth the trip to come and stay here again. There are many hike , and short day trips around the park. There is serenity and solitude here, every type of cactus...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Organ Pipe National Monument

Friday, January 25, 2013 Several of us decided to take in the fish fry at the Yacht Club in Quartzsite. Tony, Jean, Carrie, Mike, and Lowell and I sat at one table. Duke, Beverlee, Gary, and Marlene sat at another table. Everyone said the fish was delicious. After we went to DQ and got a sweet treat. Early to bed because the GYPSY mode has kicked in. We are so thankful that Duke, Beverlee, Gary, and Marlene have also tried the biscuit and gravy breakfast and like it. Hope they continue to go to La Mesa because it is good food. Saturday,...

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VNL Travels 2013

Mar 6, 2012 - Why, AZ

OK, the missing part is we went home, and Susan had her knee replacement operation on Feb 1. On March 2 the doctors gave her the OK to travel. Her doctor didn't need her back again unless Susan felt things weren't right, he told her to use her judgement. On the day we left she easily got up into the cab of the truck. She is to use a cane for the next 6 months. First stop was Yuma, AZ. OK, so Yuma isn't shown either. Well all we did was visit our good friends Jim and Jeanette. So lots of talking and preparation for our trip into Mexico. On...

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2012 Travels

Feb 27, 2012 - Childs Mountain - Ajo, Az

Carol & John have stayed in Why, AZ before and had some great hikes to share. We also took a 'Sunset Tour' of Childs Mountain let by the local state park personnel. We also took another day trip to Puerto Penasco to show our friends one of our favorite places to visit. Childs Mountian is an Ajo, AZ Radar Station originally constructed by the Air Force. It has long since been abandoned and left with an automated system. The view of the surrounding desert is spectacular. Well worth the rough drive up. It was not fun getting a flat tire up...

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Feb 24, 2012 - Beautiful Sonoran Desert

You would think that we would be tired of this part of Arizona, but that would be wrong!. We did some more hiking with Carol & John and their friend, Debbie. This was new terrain for Debbie. She comes from Indiana and has not visited this part of the US until now. What a privilege to introduce her to one of our favorite places to winter. Tomorrow we introduce our friends to Puerto Penasco. We never tire of visiting this small part of Mexico.

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Feb 5, 2012 - Why, Arizona

2/5 – 2/6 Our next stop was only17 miles down SR85 at Coyote Howl Campground in Why, Arizona. Our friends David Ewoldt and Dianne Parrott along with Ed and Joleen Northup were in the campground and we parked across the street from them. Ed and David were having Dutch oven cook-offs that included chili Colorado, ribs, beans, monkey bread and cake (all cooked in Dutch ovens). We definitely did some 5 star eating for two days.

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Jan 9, 2012 - Fun in the Desert

We didn’t hurry to leave Tucson at the crack of dawn, but after we arrived at Why, AZ (or as the sign says, Why Not?) we wished we had left Tucson earlier. We had planned to stay in Ajo which is about 10 miles past Why and then backtrack to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, but when we got to Why there was a great looking campground right near the entrance to the Monument so we pulled in and set up camp. We made some lunch and then took off for the park, and when we got to the visitor’s center we met up with an immediate friend. I am...

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Feb 7, 2010 - Light Painting

Hiked into Victoria Mine out behind our camp. Followed the trail in and wandered back cross country. The desert appears to be lifeless but look close and you will find it. Rosy and I walked out into the desert at night and light painted some cacti. You use a flashlight to illuminate/paint your subject and you have the stars for your background. The Milky Way is like a band of bright light across the sky and there is a soft glow of light along the mountains to the south, which is Mexico. Mexican’s try to sneak across the border at night. So...

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