After I dropped Lulu off at the airport in Tucson yesterday, I stopped at a couple stores to get a few things and then pressed on to Organ Pipe National Monument. It was really nice to get out of town and back on to a 2-lane road. With the exception of Border Patrol vehicles, there was almost no traffic to speak of. There were a lot of BP vehicles running around, though.
About 2/3 of the way, I stopped for gas at a wide spot in the road. After filling Flipper’s main tank, I went inside to get something to munch on. Picked up a bottle of water and a Tabasco-flavored Slim Jim (now, even slimmer!). I was just about to go to the check-out counter when I spied this:
Yeah, baby! There were three 1-gallon jars: Hot, Medium, and something else (I wasn’t paying any attention after I saw the Hot ones), a pair of tongs sitting on top of the jars and an open box of zip-lock sandwich bags alongside. Now that’s what I call a road snack! And, it actually was hot.
Pulled in to Organ Pipe around 3:30 PM and got the benefit of my Senior card: no entry fee (saved $8.00) and 1/2 price campsite (saved $6.00). Nice. Who should I see right in front of me but one of the PanAmerican Euro-trekkers we saw on the road and camped with in Magdalena Kino a few days ago. This was the guy from Switzerland. The park was practically empty. Half the sites were closed off to keep costs down but, even with only the ones that were left, no one had to camp within sight of anyone else unless they wanted to. I parked right next to what became my own private bathroom and shower.
Got up early today, around 5:15. No particular reason, I was just awake. After some coffee and pineapple, I really didn’t feel like making breakfast so I just cleaned up and hit the road. I think I crossed the US-Mexico border around 7:00. Wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I needed to stop at Desemboque to pick up one of the leveling blocks we inadvertently left behind at Kevin’s in February. But I hadn’t gotten hold of him yet as I forgot to do it when we were at the KOA in Tucson and I didn’t have internet accessibility at Organ Pipe. So, I decided that my best bet was just to drive to Puerto Peñasco and stay overnight. From there I could contact Kevin. As I drove through the border town of Sonoyta, I noticed a Telcel office. This reminded me that I could use my banda ancha again so, a few miles south of Sonoyta, I pulled over at an Area de Descanso (Rest Area), plugged the banda ancha into my computer and sent Kevin a message. Once I got to PP and could download e-mail, I found that he’d answered and, as it happens, plans to be in PP this evening and will bring the block with him. Nice. Saves me a few kilometers tomorrow.
I chose The Reef RV park in Puerto Peñasco for no particular reason, but I’m glad that I did. The price of the beachside sites was a hefty $35(US)/night. But the rest of the sites were only $20 and allhad full hook-ups, wifi, etc. I opted for the cheaper route. You tell me whether I made the right decision.
The view that I see as I sit at the table writing this blog:
It’s really nice here. There’s a cool breeze coming in off the water and there are few enough rigs here so that a certain level of privacy can be expected. I was all checked in, hooked up and downloading e-mail by 9:45. Ah, the joys of early rising. After that, I made and ate a leisurely breakfast. Not sure what I’ll do with the rest of the day. It’s a very, very long walk into town and I don’t really have any reason to go there. Guess I’ll just hang around, read, do crosswords, eat, etc.
Tomorrow, I think I’ll drive as far as Santa Ana and stay at an RV Park recommended by a guy here in Puerto Peñasco on the RockyPointTalk.com website. Then, back to the boat on Tuesday.