Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

My Arizona sagas of October 2006 (90sF); late 2007 and most of 2008 occurred resulting from homelessness/spot jobs during the Great Recession. But what great places to be! Grand Canyon, Navajo Nat’l. Mon., Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Mogollon Rim near Payson, Tonto Basin/Roosevelt Lake/Gila County, Mesa, the Apache Trail area, Miller Canyon, Dragoon Mountains, Tucson area, Lake Havasu and the Kofa NWR, Wickenburg and Prescott. I did some factory work, landscaping labor, construction, unloaded a truck and washed dishes while camping out with the birds! Gila woodpeckers (above), verdin, phainopeplas, gambel’s quail, red cardinals, thrashers, black phoebe, peregrine falcon, black-throated sparrows, olive warbler, western grebes, roadrunner, dusky-capped flycatcher, American pipits, green-tailed towhees and blue indigo buntings are indigenous to Arizona’s Sonoran desert and highlands. I was lucky to see two California condors below Hopi Point in the Grand Canyon! The Ajo Mountains and other landmarks within Organ Pipe provide a spectacular setting overlooking the Mexico border, accessed by AZ85 from Gila Bend at I-8 or from the Phoenix area.

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