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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Friday, March 18, 2016

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Where are we today ?
WHY
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        As the sun rises I head out for my walkabout, the desert. Fresh air , warm temps, wonderful  scenery and so quiet. Just watching the sun rise to brighten up another amazing desert day.
Town water tower for Patsy
lots of great camping spots
       Noticed many animal tracks in particular large hoof prints and thinking most like cattle, this is a free range area as I remembered we came across a cattle guard yesterday coming in here. Also  noticed smaller different shaped hoof prints most likely be burros.
the be from a cattle beast I hope 
Lots of Gambles Quails here
     Then a drove the couple miles into town just to take a peak. Why?
Why Not,
Looks like a crested Saguaro 
          Why has a colorful handy service station / truck stop just shouting "take my picture" so I did.
washrooms
lots of border Patrol around here
This is where we stayed but the border patrol is
everywhere
           Then shortly after 9 am took the 20 mile drive to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument   to check out this wonderful area. Took our friend George along as well. The bonus was kinda nice as he has a senior pass that gave us free admission otherwise the admission was $12.00. WE checked out the Kris Eggle Visitor Centre and snagged a map the headed out for the Ajo Mountain drive.  A 21 miles one way road, mostly gravel past some amazing scenery and desert cactus.
this the route we took
visitor centre
George taking my picture
       We checked out the campground to very nice pull through sites with table, shelter and charcoal grill $16.00 a night plus they have flush toilets and showers.
     We did along this route come across some nice flowering cactus so beautiful to see.
    This is the beginning of the drive takes about 2 hours, with lots of pull offs and viewing areas.
This fellow looks like he is preaching
George and the Organ Pipe Cactus
There is an arch in the distance 
here's a closer look
a crested Saguaro almost?
Chain Fruit Cholla
     Stop at the Teddy Bear pass . These Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus are also known as the Jumping cactus that appear to jump out and attack you .Very efficient hitch hikers they are.
nice flowers though
           One Teddy bear did attack my shoe, it took a while to pull the needles out with tweezers.
       The home for lunch get some good reading in before whipping up a tasty supper.  Ok, it's St' Patrick's Day so have to have corned Beef and Cabbage, just because we can.
         So got out my Pressure cooker, antique Coleman camp stove and loaded it up with corned beef, potatoes, onions, carrots and cabbage. A quick easy and very tasty one pot meal.
      While I did this George smoked a corned beef brisket as well on his charcoal grill, so we could do a taste test.
smells wonderful
the whole meal was excellent, and both corned beefs
were wonderful, of course the smoked one very special
Thanks George
Then we relax outside on a wonderful cool evening
          There we had a fun day lovely hot weather, good company and a tasty meal What more can we ask for.
          Thanks for stopping by

Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this Fall and Winter..

20 comments:

  1. The desert is truly colourful right now. You did Robby Burns proud.

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    1. Love the corned beef and it just happened to be today ! Yummy.

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  2. What a lot of beautiful pictures, George! You know which is my favourite. Almost my favourite water tower........W H Y ? shouldn't they have a question mark too? ha ha and I love the Why Not gas station as well. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for joining us Patsy was a fun day !

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  3. The Organ Pipe Campground is one of the nicest we've stayed at. Half price with senior pass.

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    1. It is very nice, but we like free better.

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  4. I just love watching those Gambles Quails. They are so entertaining.
    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is awesome, but you do have to watch out for those jumpers.

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    1. It is very nice, those Teddy Bears can be fiesty.

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  5. I sure wouldn't want to hug that Teddy Bear!!!

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  6. We have yet to get there so I loved seeing all the pictures you took.

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    1. It is a very nice worth the trip, we think.

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  7. The loop through Organ Pipe is a great one. Done that a couple of times.

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    1. It sure is wonderful drive and amazing scenery.

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  8. Oh to be in the desert now that April's (almost) here. I love that area... been a while since we've been there.... hope the wildflowers are magnificent this year!!!!

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    1. The wild flowers are amazing we are loving it !

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  9. Another reason to visit south-central AZ That is for sure NOT the George I expected to see at the BBQ.

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    1. There is 2 Georges here and we both love to cook and eat from the BBQ.

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  10. Organ Pipe is such a beautiful park and timing is everything. When the desert blooms, this place is really awesome.

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  11. It is a beautiful area and love the flowers.

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