Friday, February 14, 2014

2/11/2014:  BLM Gunsite Wash, Why AZ, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Mexican border

Border patrol building between Ajo and Why, AZ

 This is our BLM area near Why, AZ,  a couple of miles from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Border patrol inspection on the way to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

This is a memorial to Park Ranger Kris Eggle, who was killed in the line of duty in 2002 while pursuing drug cartel who had cross the border. He was 28 years old.  The visitor center is named after him.

On right is a chain-fruit cholla cactus. The fruit hang down creating chains. The joints are designed to detach as an animal or person walk by and they hook on to you. Pack rats and birds will nest on/in them.

Yup, there's a mountain road to drive. Oddly, there's a self-pay stand you drive by. The rest of the park is no charge, at least they didn't ask for our card inside. And since we have a card, we didn't pay here.

They give warnings that's it rough, a 1-way road, no long vehicles. We did see a minihome at a picnic area and after driving this road, we have no idea how he made it through in one piece.

The blue flag on the left, designates a water barrel, in the desert, so people walking do not die from dehydration

The organ pipe cactus - the one on the right has a rare crest.

 Even a desert can have an arch!

 We were only a couple of miles from the Mexican border, so we drove there to see what we could see.

 Inspection border.

 I had to snoop through the fence

 Back at camp
 On the left, we found a few of these fruit (?) hanging on a few trees. No clue what they are.

On the right, a truck camper of some type; no idea what country it's even from. 

 A border patrol came in with his lights flashing (exciting!); he just dropped off somebody's dog. Really? Lights on for that?
And, of course, the sunset

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