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Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

I've gotten some positive feedback for going back to the original way of posting photos.  Not one, never mind.  I decided that the whining won't get me anywhere anyway.  God I miss my Mom...

This has been a great experience, being here in the Anza Borego Desert.  There's lots to do and it's QUIET.  How can I accent the fact that we hear nothing at night without shouting it?  There are times in tha afternoon when the Osprey aircraft come into the local "airport" to do VTOLs, but that just reminds me how lucky we are to have such a great military watching out for us.  I did get a couple of shots of the planes on the glidepath and such.  You might enjoy it.

The rain continued all night and on into the early morning, but let up so we could go out on a hike with our neighbor Star.  She's a gal in her mid seventies, I'd guess.  She's very active in all sorts of things having to do with the desert.  She knows birds and plants well and explains all about them if you'd care to listen.  She had invited us earlier in the week to go on The Slot hike with her.

The hike starts about nine miles from the park.  The hike itself is about three miles in length and goes down a very narrow ravine which has been cut by water over the millennium. The rock and mud has formed the walls of the place. It narrows to the point that if one is too rotund, he/she won't be able to pass through it.  We, of course, svelt as we are, made it fine.  I'd thought I may have to "suck gut" a bit, but no problem was encountered.  The photos will show you how it looks. I also did a video and hope it loads up for you all to see.  It required that I convert it to a new format for this website, so we'll see.  I miss doing the videos and think that they can show a lot with a few minutes invested.  Time will tell.

In the afternoon, while Lynn was giving the coach a clean-up, I got a couple shots of the aforementioned aircraft.  They are unique, in that the entire engine on each side can be rotated.  This enables it to take off like a heliocopter, but fly like a plane.  And, they are LOUD.  They must have made forty or fifty VTOLs.  This means that they did quick landings and take-off in a vertical sense.  It was fun to see and hear them.  Much better than the hundreds of trains that passed us while we were camping at Salton Sea.

We're leaving tomorrow to stop south of Yuma.  How the town was named makes for an interesting story if you've never heard it.  It wouldn't pass Snopes' muster, but always gets a groan or laugh when i recount it.  Lynn will be getting her locks trimmed and re-camouflaged at the local beauty college, so I'll just hang out a bit. We be staying at the Tier Drop RV Park in Well-something.  I refer to the town as Wellbutrin, for lack of the proper name.  It has a calming effect on me, I suppose...Sorry.

Our next spot to visit is the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is located south of Ajo and Why, Arizona.  Don't ask me, yet, I may know exactly "Why?" at a later date.  That's it for now...
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Russ E. on

Thanks for including the pictures again. I especially like it when they interspersed with the text so that they illustrate what you're writing about. It occurred to me that it might be possible to "compromise" and include the best pictures the "old" way, with others on flickr for those who are interested. That still might save you some time and effort. I'm sure that there are times when even a gentleman of leisure like yourself can think of things you'd prefer to do rather than entertaining us. Of course, it's your blog and you can do whatever you want to with it. Regardless, I enjoy reading about travels, with illustrations.


Mary C. on

Well, the pics answer my previous question of whether you actually are hiking in that rough country. Wow...good for you. You will soon need a boot tune-up or re-tread!

Sus on

Loved this spot...I'll put it on my map of places to go.

Mike Noble on

Hey...I'm finally catching up. The town of Why.....I thought maybe you would go into a Who's on First rendition. Thanks for putting the pics back on this website. Are you or did you meet up with Joe and Jolene in Yuma? Things here are still the same=====yeah, winter but certainly not a hard one in terms of cold. Almost March so not too tough. Enjoyed reading about your hike --put it on my to do list when I am back in that area. Travel on my friends!

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