Saturday, November 26, 2011

Organ Pipe Thanksgiving

Although it felt odd to be out of Albuquerque for Thanksgiving we did have a nice day with our neighbors and fellow volunteers. Ten of us had dinner together in the community building. We had turkey with a lot of trimmings since everyone brought a dish. Dinner and conversation lasted for 2 1/2 hours, so we learned many things about each others lives and RV experiences. Here are a few of the happy diners.
This past week we were off Sunday - Thursday and we have been busy. On Sunday we went on a hike with a fellow volunteer to Victoria Mine. Sherry has been here for a couple of months and is a wealth of knowledge. Victoria Mine was one of  the few mines that actually made money for its owners, silver and gold were mined. The mine was active from the1880's through the 1930's. The pictures are Sherri and Sherry in an old residence and Sherri in front of an Ocotillo.

Tuesday morning we stopped off at the Visitor Center before heading out to Ajo for grocery shopping and a haircut. At the visitor center we met volunteers from the past. Two couples who volunteered in ORPI starting 11 years ago. After a few years of volunteering they liked the area so much that both couples have purchased homes in Ajo and now live in Ajo six months out of the year. They were heading up to Alamo Canyon which is 10 miles north of the visitor center so we tagged along for a short hike and they too like Sherry are a wealth of knowledge. Alamo Canyon was used by ranchers to graze and coral their cattle well into the 1950's. It is a beautiful canyon with a wide arroyo running through the canyon. As we were hiking a border patrol helicopter came by to check us out. I guess we were okay and after flying overhead the agents headed to the hills. It was an interesting experience.

I'm sure we will be seeing these folks often this winter and spring.
We had a nice lunch in Ajo and got our chores done. Yesterday, Friday, it was back to work. It is still slow in the park but that is giving us time to explore and get ready for the busy season starting in January. We do have two weeks of classroom training staring December 19th.
I'll finish with three pictures from near the VIP housing. Ryder and I are usually out walking as the sun is coming up.
The housing area for VIPS and NPS from the hills above.
And last is a nice shot of Organ Pipe Cactus and Ocotillo.


  1. Thanks for the great pictures and information about an area I am totally unfamiliar with.


  2. Nice that you got to have a Thanksgiving Dinner with other volunteers.

    You will be a wealth of information by the time you finish this adventure!!