Green is not the color most people would use to describe the desert. But green and lush is the only way to speak of this lovely bit of heaven just south of Ajo, AZ.
We arrive at the famous (from RV Sue) Darby Wells Road just south of Ajo to meet up with Glenda and Jeff. Their site is superb with all types of desert plants and a great view of Cow Pile Rock. There is a strange cactus here….one I’d not seen. It’s the Organ Pipe cactus….the national park bearing its name is just a few miles down the road.
The green is abundant in the above picture of an organ pipe cactus, a paloverde shrub and Cow Pile Rock in the background.
We are a bit off the dusty dirt road but not too far. The border patrol are going by regularly. We make camp less than 200 feet from our neighbors, Glenda and Jeff.
This looks like a place that I can get centered….the stress from the cold drive is still hanging on. The tall rocks are calling me…..”climb me, climb me”!
That night I wake up and the full moon is flooding the desert creating light and shadows everywhere. The stars are so near and bright….it feels magical!
The next morning I grab my camera and water and strike out in the direction of the rocks. I’m alone; I need to be alone! My eyes scan the ground for snakes, thankfully none are spotted.
After a bit of trial and error I make it to the rocks noticing that climbing Cow Pile was out of the question….too steep and too slick. Managed to get to the smaller middle rock without too much effort.
That’s not a person on the rock but a wonderful small stone that made the perfect resting place. Leaning back into the stone and letting all the stress flow into the rock, peacefully I returned to camp.
Our camp seemed very far away….photo with wide angle….That’s us in the middle.
And our campsite zoomed in…..
David is following my progress from the comfort of his lawn chair. Notice all the young saguaros and organ pipe cactus surrounding us.
The week proceeds peacefully. David and I ride our mountain bikes on the dirt roads and take a few hikes. One hike we explore the back of Cow Pile Rock still looking for a way up. We saw a possible route but deferred… not agile enough, now.
Photo taken on the exploration hike….this is Teddy Bear Cholla, cactus on right. Unknown mountain.
David, enjoying the view.
Back side of Cow Plop and our truck (center).
Lots of mountains in the distance.
We said goodbye to the Darby Wells area and tonight we are back in civilization at Coyote Howls West in Why, AZ. Another few days in the boonies and we would have definitely been desert rats. Heading to the Quartzsite tomorrow AM and the big RV show. Looking forward to visiting with our Texas Escape friends.