Sunday, January 30, 2011

Why, Az. & Organ Pipe National Monument

Tue, Jan. 25th - Thur, Feb. 3rd

Retracing a lot of our steps from last year, we are once again at the Coyote Howls Campground in Why, Az. Why, you may ask, but we say, Why not?

Actually, that's the name of the little grocery store here -- The Why Not Store. We really like it here. It's just a rustic campground with bathrooms and showers and a place to get water and dump sewer, but no hook ups. The campers are spread far apart and it's very peaceful. They do have lots of activities such as pancake breakfasts, spaghetti suppers, quilting, cards, movies and slide shows, jam sessions, dances, etc.

Just a few pictures of some of the decorating folks have done around the campground. Notice in the foreground of this photo the cowboy hat, spine and boots.
This guy has filled glass jugs with blue water and set them all around his yard to let everyone know where his camp boundaries are. He was here in the same place last year with the same markers.

Lots of the people here seem to be permanent residents in the campground. It's quite interesting to see how they make themselves at home. Not us, we're just travlin' thru.

Mom and I hiked up the hill to get a better view of the campground. There was a coyote on the side of the hill and we just followed up after him. When we got to the top, he was just sauntering down the trail on the other side.

A couple views of the campground from the hilltop.

If you can zoom in, our camper and car is just at the top of the right arm of the saguaro cactus in the center of the picture.

This is part of the 21 mile loop we drove thru Organ Pipe National Monument, which is about 30 miles south of Why, near the Mexican border.
Incidentally, they had four very large marijuana busts a week ago between Why and the border, involving several million dollars worth and a number of illegal aliens. The paper had a picture of many bales out in the desert from one of the raids.

These cacti don't grow much north of the Mexican border. They need a very warm climate and can't withstand any frost.

I took this while Mom and I were hiking at Organ Pipe. The cactus grow all the way up to the top of these rocky areas.

This is a close-up of the same area. If you look really close, you can see a lone saguaro growing right on the top of the highest peak.

We are going to move into Aho (10 miles north) on Thursday to see at least one day of the annual Fiddlers Festival. It lasts four days and is their big event of the year, so we are going to check it out. Then we are on to Tucson and/or Phoenix. Mom will be flying home from Mesa in a couple of weeks and I have a friend flying in to visit for a few days. After Phoenix we will be heading toward Texas and new territory for us.
Happy Shoveling,

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