I left Ajo as the eastern sky was beginning to get light.
I made a stop at Roadrunner Java. It was the only place open at that hour and I’d read online that the coffee was good and donuts were excellent. That review was almost correct. The donut and coffee were both excellent. I highly recommend stopping if you’re ever in town, but go soon. The owner is not young and the business is for sale.
Down the road I went, passing the town of Why, still sleeping at just after 6 AM.
And I made my goal, Organ Pipe for sunrise sunrise.
I crossed the border easily though I got an alto (stop) light which meant my vehicle had to be inspected by the aduana, Mexican customs. I chuckled as the vehicle behind me, truck bed piled high with furniture and trailer equally piled, got a pase (green, no inspection) light. The aduana inspected my vehicle for approximately 30 seconds, and one agent asked where I was coming from. He was shocked and pleased when I said Naco. Then he smirked a bit and asked if I had any weapons. I pointed to my fist and said, “Only this.” He laughed and let me get going.
Soon I was south of town and skirting the western edge of a desolate plant and animal preserve called Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar.
Fromthe Mexican government’s page: “El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, is a magical place of stark beauty, unusual creatures, unique plants, and remarkable geological features. It is the largest active dune field in North America and features the unusual star-shaped dunes. In the area there is a spectacular volcanic shield, where there are lava flows, cineritic cones and impressive giant craters.” https://www-gob-mx.translate.goog/semarnat/articulos/reserva-de-la-biosfera-el-pinacate-y-gran-desierto-de-altar-161908?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc
I made no stops for photos, just headed southwest to Puerto Peñasco. By that time I was desperate to get my toes in the Sea of Cortez.
Made it. Ahhh!
Nice! Hopefully open Dec 5th and 6th. Theo and I will be in Ajo then.
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I hope you didn’t have to surrender your fists, for goodness sake!!!!😆
Wow!!!! What a beautiful trip!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
You may be writing an ekphrastic book! The words and the photos are inextricably linked by mood and meaning! THANKS!
Thank you, Marybeth!
The scary rabbit mural is about a campy and really bad movie called Night of the Lepus. It was filmed in various places around AZ, some of which are Empire Ranch, Marana and Old Tucson. Ajo must have been another location.
Thanks for looking it up, Pam!
I really enjoyed reading this!
Great post, Emilie – took notes for replicating your journey. Thank you!
I’m liking it here far more than I’d thought. The last time I was here was in the early 90s when there was approximately 1/3 of the population. I just had to pretend I was going to a brand new place I’ve never been before, and in a sense that is quite true.
They say the population of 65,000, but there are so many part-timers it’s hard to know. There are many areas of town where it is pure Mexico. I’m on the far west in Choya Bay—a bit of Gringo influence in the spelling of Cholla. But I see it spelled both ways here.
Do you have your senior pass for national parks? I get you in Friday to all national parks and gives you 50% off on camping in most or maybe all the parks.
Need to talk to you about car camping when I return!
Thanks for the info! An espresso and some car-camping talk await your return. Look forward to seeing you!
This is lovely, thank you for sharing your journey. What a beautiful sunrise. 😀
Fun story, great pictures!
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