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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Memories of AHHHHHHHHjo..(Ajo, AZ)

  My brain is in serious need of a boost, so I am drawing on one of our favorite Winter trips…Ajo, AZ (Jan and Feb of 2010)..I know that Al and Kelly and Bob (Mountain Man) will remember this place…

We arrived on Dec. 28th, 2009…in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Sonoran Desert…We campers gathered around a huge campfire where we roasted hot dogs, and watched the beautiful moon come up over the mountains.  We had music…and some people karaoke sang…and some people even danced…I believe I was guilty of the dancing part, and if I would have had one more cocktail I was going to Karaoke sing.  Lucky for the campers, I couldn’t find my derriere with both hands so Dennis took me back to the camper about 8PM and put me to bed.Surprised smile Yep..I don’t think I  have been that over served since that day!..I vaguely remember Dennis heating up some left overs for dinner..Me? I was snoring ..

We stayed at Hickiwan Trails RV Park, and I hear now it isnt’ near as good as it was..We could walk out into the desert anytime.  At night you could hear the wild burrows baying outside, but we never seemed to find them in the daylight.  Finally, on one of  our gazillion walks into the desert we discovered them..As you can see, it doesn’t take much to excite me..a few wandering donkeys can make my day..HEE HAW!

The town of Ajo (pronounced Ahhhho) is very pretty.  The Spanish influence is evident, as we are only about 32 miles from the Mexican border…We found much evidence of Hispanic citizens who had come through the desert..milk jugs, serapes, shoes, backpacks…but we never encountered anyone.  The U.S. Border Patrol Station was only about 2 miles from us, and the helicopters were always in the air..

Cristate Saguaro very rare

If  you ever go that way, make sure you get a permit to drive onto the Cabreza Prieta Wildlife Refuge (permit is free and good for one year)…One of our favorite day trips was the 16.5 mile road trip to Charlie Bell Pass…which took us about 2 1/2 hours.  This is NOT for your average car…You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle for this one.  Once you arrive at the end of the road, you have another mile and 1/2 walk down to the old Charlie Bell Well…and some very old Indian petroglyphs…

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Here we are at the beginning of our walk..If you look over my cap, you can see the view across the pass.  No, we didn’t go across.  I didn’t bring my jammies and wine.  Smile with tongue out

 

 

We had been told that the petroglyphs were not easy to find.   They had been painted on some dark rocks down in the wash by the well..  We began walking around the wash area and then went up the other side…I was just about to give up when MacGyver  (no surprise to me) found a couple…This was sooooo very neat.  We were the only human beings (that I knew of) around and it was so quiet.  If you know me, then you know I was touching every rock, thinking/hoping I could to channel some ancient Native American History into my humble spirit….

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Here is a link to the Charlie Bell Road, written by one who has been there.  There is some great information on this link. I wish we had found that info before we headed out, but I think our trip was made even more fun by us floundering around looking for the petroglyphs….

One of the other things I loved about that Sonoran  Desert was looking for  Sonoran Desert Rose Chalcedony.  Every time took our walk amongst the cactus, I would fill my pockets with little and big “roses”…Here is a picture of some of my finds..

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Rose Chalcedoney has many characteristics, but the one that stands out is the similarity to a rose shape.  I loved finding these little gems…That big one on the right has many roses in it. I just  happened upon that one by kicking over this rock with my shoe.  The other side of that big rock is just nasty and looks like any other rock…I hope to someday try my hand at making some jewelry out of some of those smaller ones…

Our campground South of Ajo was on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Nation.  Our park had a unique rock formation recently made by some natives ….This is called “The Man In The Maze”…

If I had wings, I could have taken above pic from higher up and you could actually SEE the labyrinth..…Alas, I am vertically challenged, so I will show you the decal I bought out there to may further explain it…

I absolutely LOVE  this … I keep this decal on our Hiker as a reminder of those ancient first Americans.  Here is another of my famous “hyperlinks” (hyper being the key word in describing my excitement about this)..Man In The Maze

Just in case I  haven’t bored you to “nodding off” and snoring yet , I will attempt to further drive you to snoozing and drooling with a couple more pictures of this favorite place of mine!!

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The Bayfield Bunch and Bob (Mt. Man) will surely recognize Ol’ Flattop Mountain on the right….  While camped at Hickiwan for those two months, I made it a habit to watch for the sun to begin setting from our camper window (in my jammies, naturally.)   Then I would throw our camera around my neck,  jump on my bike, (Rum and Coke in hand), and without spilling one drop I would high tail my Schwinn to the Western edge of the park to catch those sunsets.   I wanted pictures without camper tops and other man made objects blocking my view…I must say, I got some very rewarding results.  I feel I should get extra Kudos for this.  I think I deserve extra credit just for the fact that I’m darn sure I was the “twilight entertainment” for others in the campground…”Look, Mabel…Here comes that lady in her clown outfit, camera flying…I wonder what she has in her Christmas mug?  Maybe we should alert Border Patrol”…

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                                                                  There is absolutely NOTHING like an Arizona sunset….This photo above, with that mystical stream of light coming from the Heavens, took my breath away

OK! OK!! I’M FINISHED!!…DON’T FORGET TO WIPE THE SLOBBER OFF YOUR MONITOR BEFORE YOU TURN ME OFF!!

23 comments:

  1. Haven't "heard" from you in a while... good to see you again and that you post such happy memories of a wonderful time. I love your photos... no matter when they were taken... only sorry you didn't include a photo of you in your jammies riding that bicycle!

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    1. Yes..we have been really busy with our elders...That's why I cheated and posted some old memories and photos..but if you ever get the chance..go to Ajo..

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  2. Ahhhhh yes, good old Ahhhhhjo & all it's great scenery. How nice to see those photos of Hickiwan Trails, they sure evoke a lot of pleasant memories. Hickiwan will always be one of our favorite places to remember. Many morning & evening desert walks. Know exactly what your saying about those great sunsets there too. It was our first year of RVing & our first trip to Arizona. We stumbled across Hickiwan Trails by accident that year & returned a few times after that for some short stays. Just love those Ajo mountains. Thanks for the memories:))

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    1. Al..you and Kelly are why (Why) we went to Ajo...Thank you soooo much for the information that turned into one of our very favorite memories...!!!

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  3. Awesome sunset! We stayed in Ajo two years ago, at the BLM area. From there we went to the Organ Pipe National Park. I liked to sit under the arcades in town, have a tea and talk to veteran resident.

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    1. I still love to think of our great memories of Ajo...What a very neat little town in the middle of nowhere...

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  4. Good old Ajo. Have I said before that I once owned a house there?

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    1. Yes, Judy, you did..Why the Hell did you sell it?

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  5. Great pics. Hopefully you had your summer jammies and not your flannels

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    1. My "ensembles" have no season...They are embarrassing and inappropriate all year long.

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  6. We stayed at Hickiewan the first year we came south, your post brought back so many memories.
    Gorgeous sunset photo.

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    1. I agree about that sunset..It truly DID make me take a deep breath and say "carpe diem"!

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  8. Memories of Arizona are good tonight. We need them to keep us warm as we are trying to escape the snow that is predicted in Wyoming and changing our plans.

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    1. I do love Wyoming....LOVE IT!..but not in the Winter season so much...Take a left and find a snow cleared road down to Arizona!

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    1. I do too, Teri....I really enjoy all of the Native American beliefs..My entire living room is devoted to our Native ancestors...

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  10. We are headed that way in Dec. come on along with us.

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    1. If we get outta here this year we will head for Texas...I would love to go back to Arizona someday, but this year we need to stay a little closer to home... :-(

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  11. There's nothing like the Arizona sunsets....love'm. Kudos for riding a bike with a drink in hand, jammies on and the ability to take a heck of a nice shot.....that's talent :-) If you make it to TX this winter, where in TX?

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  12. We usually start with Jefferson, then go to Canyon Lake (Potter's Creek CG, 1/2 price for old Al), possibly Goliad State Park (highly recommend that one. Feb we like to stay sometime at Goose Island State Park in Fulton TX...oyster boats and palm trees...Stay in touch and we might just hook up..

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  13. Not a boring post at all, loved the photos and the reminiscing. I have some of that planned myself for the winter blues to come. Midwest in the winter, is there anything less exciting?

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    1. Pam....No there isn't ANYTHING less exciting than Illinois Winters...I guess we are officially spoiled since buying our first RV in 2003...

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