Friday, February 3, 2017

Quick trip to Yuma & Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

January 20-21, 2017

We left Las Vegas Friday morning heading for Yuma to visit with friends Debbie & Dale.  It was an unusual drive in that we had miles of fog and mist to go through.   Usually it's sunny and clear in that part of Nevada.  At least it was a cool drive.

We arrived in Yuma just about the same time that Debbie & Dale returned from Phoenix after taking a visitor to the airport there.  They drove over & picked us up and then headed to Pizza Hut for dinner.  That was an experience in that they were out of beer and others basic.  We ordered chicken wings as an appetizer & they brought it after the pizza arrived.  Other restaurants in the area had a long wait but there weren’t that many patrons there.  I wonder why.

After dinner we went back to their rv park to visit & have a look see at the park.  They are spending a couple months at the Carefree Village rv resort in Yuma.  It is a very nice park with large sites and a super clubhouse with all the amenities.   If we decide to return to the Southwest next winter it will be high on our list of where to stay.  Debbie & Dale will be moving to our park later this month & we are looking forward to showing them around Tucson.

Saturday we left early for Organ Pipe and took the road through Ajo & Why on the way to the park.  Ajo looked nice and is next to a huge copper mine.  Why is just a spot on the road and not much there. 

We stopped at the visitor center at the park to read up what is there.  They have a nice campground at the visitor center area & a small campground for tenters & small rvs.  No hookups.

The hillsides are covered with Organ Pipe Cactus along with Saguaro,  Barrel,  Ocotillo and other cacti.  It was well worth the long drive to see these beautiful cacti.

We took a number of photos and I've included a few of them.  The photos don't capture how pretty the area is.  


















It turned out to be a very long day but it was worth it.  If possible we would like to take the motor home there and spend a couple days exploring the area.

Joanne, this one is for you.




4 comments:

  1. We're currently in Yuma getting dental work done. Been thinking we'll stop in Ajo for a couple days and explore that area. Looks beautiful.

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  2. We're currently in Yuma getting dental work done. Been thinking we'll stop in Ajo for a couple days and explore that area. Looks beautiful.

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  3. When we leave Yuma next week, we are stopping in Ajo for four days. Organ Pipe has been high on my "to do" list. Pretty excited to see that gorgeous part of the country.

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  4. That was definitely not a good Pizza Hut experience, but at least we had good company!

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