Man, that desert is biiiiig...

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

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, March 1, 2012

This morning  we took off on a trip on the Ajo Scenic Drive.  It's about ten miles long, if.... Of course, we wandered a bit and it took us about thirty or forty miles to complete it.  We diverted onto another road and were soon overtaken by two Border Patrol vehicles going much faster than we were.  Lots of dust out here too, but NO SNOW.  We kept getting farther from Ajo, so decided to re-trace our tracks.  The actual route is much smoother, but curvier and not so scenic.  I decided to try to find a cache enroute, but then it got complicated.  We decided to hike the last 3/5 of a mile.  That was fine, however I didn't read the explanation of where the cache was located.  It's  seven hundred feet above the desert floor in a half mile.  We never did get close, since there was another small mountain in the way.  We abandoned the idea and re-traced our route to the Soob.  I use RunKeeper on the phone to show we are and where we were, so that helped us from getting "dazed and confused".  Lots of the desert is similar in terrain and character, so we always find landmarks to helps us navigate.  

The weather here is unseasonably hot this year.  Sorry.  We are really enjoying getting out and exploring.  Nothing new for us.  We do that wherever we are and always have.  Cities, towns or the wild lands are an incentive to look around and see what the Creator has in store for us.  What's next?  Who knows what it will be.  We stopped at the local DQ, where I had a disappointing Blizzard.  Not enough chocolate, but no snow.  That's a good thing.  See ya later...

We took a ride through town and visited a few of the many second hand and thrift stores.  St. Vincent de Paul, Sue's Gift Shoppe, The Book Emporium and Bella Mexico among others were checked out. Lynn did find two paperbacks and I nearly found another hat, except it belonged to the nice Mexican fellow who was manning the till at St. Vincent's... It was too small anyway.  I asked if they had any mens shorts, to which he replied, "They don't have them out yet.  It's still winter."  That caused a laugh.

It's about seventy degrees as I write this, with a nice westerly wind to keep it comfortable.  I got the Weber set up to cook our dinner...hamburger steaks.  In addition, we'll have a tossed green salad, pasta with creamy cheese sauce and bread.  

I'm gonna miss that Lynn when she leaves in about forty days!

Just got a few pictures today.  See anything that you like?
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Dennis on

Sounds like fun. Stay safe and enjoy yourselves.

photodon on

True that the desert looks much the same wherever you go but still it is ,a fascinating landscape. Nice pix, Ralphie.

sus on

I love the dessert! That is one to go on the list! Sounds like you are doing good. I know you will miss Lynner...I will be happy to see her smiling face. Love you guys

ferd on

Nice bad about the hat! How much closer to the border will you get? Be careful! Temps sound really NICE!

Mike Noble on

Hey, you mentioned snow twice in this blog....not very nice although really ours is quickly disappearing. It will be in the 60s the next couple days....want me to go mow your lawn? I haven't been to that park so will put that on my list. I think I like the desert better than Quinci....she worries about the lizards and snakes. Joe an jolene get home this weekend.

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