Friday, January 8, 2010

Plank Road & Border Fence

Tues - Jan. 5th

View from where we camped in the desert near Pilot Knob campground west of Yuma.

Views of the border fence. I'm not sure how many miles are done yet.

This was very near where we camped.

Here is a close-up view. It looks solid from a distance with the sun shining on it.

And here is the ever present border patrol and their radar tower. I don't know if you can tell, but the pickup on the right has camouflage netting draped over it's hood. They are parked right next to the interstate.

John is sitting in the car at the bottom of Plank Road waiting for me while I hiked to the top of the dune to take border fence pictures. He is an old man and has to save his energy for the important stuff.

Here are some pictures of Plank Road which was built to get across the desert with limited success. I had never heard of it. What an undertaking.

On their third attempt, they finally got one they were able to use for ten years. It was built in 20 foot sections and they used horses to pull it and move it when the sands shifted over it.

It didn't look like that far to the top of the dune, but it wasn't easy getting there in that soft sand.

More fun in the sun tomorrow.

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