More Amazing Cactus at Organ Pipe!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28 – by Madison

Today we went to 2 national parks. They were called Organ Pipe Cactus and Casa Grande Ruins. We went to Casa Grande Ruins in the morning, which was on the way to Organ Pipe.  When we got there we went to the visitor center and found out that today was Junior Ranger Day.  On Junior Ranger Day they have lots of activities for kids to do.  We went outside and made a bowl out of a cup and string, which is similar to what the Indians would do.  Then we went to go see the real ruins.  I leaned that the Hohokam Indians lived here in the 1300's.  What I thought was really neat was the way that they built their houses.  I liked it because they would put holes in different places of the house to tell them the day or the time of the year.  They could tell this because of the way the light shines through the holes.  My Dad thought this was pretty amazing because he said that these are people who run around in loin cloths, and it is amazing how smart they were and how technically detailed they were. They understood so much about their environment, and even now most people couldn’t go and make a house with the tools that they had.   I liked this ruin because I thought that it gave a lot of good information and history on the people that lived here thousands of years before we ever lived here.  When we left we went to Organ Pipe Cactus National Park. We originally were not going to go to this park because it is out of our way, but I convinced my dad that we should because I liked the Saguaros so much!  On the way we watched a movie called 'My Future Boyfriend’.  I thought that it wasn’t a good movie because it didn’t make any sense.  When we got to Organ Pipe it was late, so we got our junior ranger books and then went on a short hike to see the sunset. On the hike we saw really prickly cactus, and Emma got pricked by one.  She was walking and it got stuck on the top of her shoe and we couldn’t get it out, so she had to take her shoe off and my dad had to scrape the prickles off with a rock.  At the top of the top of a little hill we saw really big cactuses and a really pretty sunset. The sunset made the cactuses look like they had lights on them, and they looked like Christmas tree ornaments.  I learned that light is very important in photography, which is why my Dad takes so many pictures taken at sunrise and sunset.  After the hike we went back to the RV and went to bed.  I had a fun day. 

April 29 – by Emma

Today we woke up and ate breakfast. We had strawberries, oranges, and pears.  They were really good. My Dad was up at 5am for the sunset, and we went outside to see some wildlife that he found.  We saw a mom and dad bird coming in and out of a cactus home with bugs to feed their babies. We also saw 2 Gambles Quail!!! Then we went on the hike.  On the hike we saw lots of different cactuses.  It was already hot, and I was getting tired of the desert!  Then we went back in the RV. We had a bit more fruit until my dad drove us to the Visitor Center.  On the drive I beat Katelyn in 2 chess games!  Then we went in the Visitor Center to get our badge, and patch.  We then started our long drive to Joshua Tree National Park in California. On the drive we went to subway for lunch, we also rented a movie that is called jack, and Jill. My favorite character was Jill. When we were done the movie we went down to sit with my Dad.  We had to stop for dinner, and when we finally arrived it was already dark.  We got to the campsite we went to bed.   I had a fun morning and a long drive!  Also, this was our 50th day on the trip!

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Beautiful pictures---bet u could sell them to somebody---or maybe just save them for when u publish your book!

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