|Snow on prickly pear and Joshua tree - photos by Alex who has fine eye-ability|
After the hike we head for more firewood, thinking that if we don't build a big fire tonight, we'll leave the wood for the next campers. In town we find a vendor who is part of a business compound where all sorts of goods and services are available. We see big equipment, car repair, random hardware, and firewood. The wood is hardwood of some sort, and promises a long slow burn that will get started with help from the grocery store pine.
The fires that allow us to be outside, let us be amazed by stars. Tomorrow we will head south. That is the only direction where the weather is anything but cold, windy, and rainy. We hear from Michigan that it is warmer there!
There is another cactus park where the forecast is sunny and warm. It is in southern Arizona near the border with Mexico. Organ Pipe National Monument. Our modus operandi is not to drive in order to reach a destination, but to enjoy the journey. So we take a dirt road south along a abandoned narrow-gauge railroad. We read that this part of the desert was used to train Apollo Astronauts in anticipation of moon landing.
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