Wednesday April 27

Ajo to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

I woke up early and went to the supermarket across the street for ice, where I turned and saw postcards of the Curly School, where Jo Nell's mother had taught in the 30s, for sale. Wow. Then I drove to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, reserved a campsite and went driving and hiking!
Blooming Desert Ironwood trees
This is the campsite that I got; there were about ten other people in the campground.

But the monument being right on the Mexican border, the ranger I talked to said not to leave anything like shoes or clothing or water bottles lying out in the campsite, because illegals come through there all the time. So I kept everything in my truck when I wasn't physically in the campsite, except my stove and can of propane, which I figured were too heavy for anyone to take.

The campground had very little shade, but it did have flush toilets and a shower! Oh heavens, how nice...until you read the sign...

I took a shower right before bed; the water was warm but not that hot, and it turned off (and I am not joking) EVERY FIFTEEN SECONDS. Incredibly annoying.

Sunset. Beautiful. And the lights in the first picture are in Mexico...