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Our First Stop – Organ Pipe National Monument

November 11, 2012

It was so nice to be able to get away for a whole week , just the three of us.  Although we have done  a lot of traveling in the past few years most of it has been for a purpose and not for relaxation.

Our first two nights we spent camping at Organ Pipe National Monument. I’ll admit I  wasn’t sure how relaxing the camping part of our trip would be, but it turned out to be so much fun and I would do it again in a heart beat.

We stayed at Alamo Canyon Campground. This was one of my favorite campsites we have ever stayed in, even though it was also probably one of the most dangerous due to border issues.

I absolutely loved waking up to hundreds of saguaros right outside of our tent and the stars were amazing. I’ve never experienced the night sky the way I did here, there were no trees to hide its’ beauty.

This call button was about a mile away from our campsite, most likely intended for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers stranded in the desert. It was a little bit intimidating to be sleeping so close to where drug activity could be going on but we made it through the night.

Audrey slept better in the tent than she does at home!

Of course we had to get a picture with the parks namesake – the grand Organ Pipe cactus. This guy was probably over one hundred years old.

One of  the many benefits to being a ranger’s wife is having ranger friends to hang out with on our visits to other parks. On this trip we were able to hang out with two different ranger families that we knew from Giles seasonal academy. Here is Giles with Cody getting ready to go on a hike with the babies.  Cody was a fun guide on our short hike and he gave us the inside scoop on park history, structures, and unusual insects!

It was so great to be able to hang out and talk with other ranger’s wives/stay at home moms. It was good to catch up with Chelsea and see how her children have grown- it had been over 2 years!

Apparently the hike wasn’t too interesting to Audrey, she decided it was as good a time as any to get her morning nap in.

We were introduced to this unusual insect – the tarantula hawk. It is called the tarantula hawk because the female hunts and paralyzes the tarantula in order to be able to lay her egg on it’s abdomen. When the egg hatches, the larvae eat the tarantula from the inside avoiding the vital organs in order to keep it alive as long as possible. I know so violent, but it’s all a part of the circle of life right?

We also were able to spot this cool giant centipede .

In the afternoon we enjoyed a short and easy family hike to see the parks natural arch formation.

I decided I wanted to get some extra exercise and carried the baby this time. It wasn’t too hard.

This time Audrey was wide awake and enjoyed every moment! She’s our little adventurer!

Then we went to Mexico!!! JUST KIDDING. But we got pretty close.

Just us being silly and pretending to be a cactus.

I just really love this photo. Those two are my life right there.

We said goodbye to Organ Pipe and headed off for our next adventure to Joshua Tree National Park!

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  1. November 19, 2012 3:04 AM

    great stuff! ah LLUVV the desert when it ain’t HOT!
    keep on tellin’ yer readers yer adventures — you’ve been a bit too quiet (yeah, i think i can understand why) for too long!

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