Thursday, January 05, 2017

TALL SAGUAROS STOOD SILENT IN THE MOONLIGHT

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Quiet night with another beautiful Arizona sunrise.  Dressed warm in the early morning cool desert air we were soon out for a walk and simply marveled at Natures wonders all around us.  We both affirmed this is still one of our all time favorite places.

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Lounged around the rig today simply enjoying the welcome solitude.  For anyone interested you can type Darby Wells in our search box to find our previous adventures here.

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THE MIGHTY AJO MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF WHY ARIZONA

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It is rare we ever use the levelling jacks on our coach.  Close to level is generally good enough for us but here at Darby Wells a perfectly flat camping spot can be a bit hard to find.  For the spot we chose I had to use the push button jacks to raise the rear end of the coach.  DSC_0013

IS IT ANY WONDER WE LIKE IT SO MUCH HERE

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MORNING WALK ON DARBY WELL ROAD

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THE MAJORITY OF TONIGHT’S PHOTOS WILL HAVE OUR MOTORHOME IN THEM……IF YOU CAN FIND IT

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Stepping out of the rig Wednesday night with Pheebs it was an overall silence which first overwhelmed my attention.  Not a human sound anywhere and I do mean anywhere.  Only visible man made structure was a red blinking light atop Ajo’s Verizon tower far off to the east.  A half Moon in the starry night sky faintly lit the desert floor around us.  Tall Saguaros stood silent in the Moonlight while I lingered for a few moments quietly wrapped in the serenity of Mother Nature’s moment.DSC_0017

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NEIGHBOR’S RIG TOP LEFT AND OUR RIG TOP RIGHT

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WITH EVERY FOOTSTEP A THOUSAND PHOTOS

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One of the ways we know we really like a boon-docking spot is when we haul all our stuff out.  Chairs, mats, tables, BBQ, TV satellite dish, awning down, etc.  We don’t usually do all that if we don’t feel totally comfortable or only plan on staying a day or two.  This morning I got all our stuff out and set it up.  DSC_0025

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Our length of stay may be decided upon by how many if any rigs pull in and park near us.  We are in a reasonably flat easily accessible area where we have seen 3 or 4 rigs all grouped together before.  If any rigs pull in and park close by we will have no choice but to pack up our stuff and move on down the road.  So, with the week-end coming up we are enjoying and appreciating as many of these people free hours we can. 

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THIS PHOTO SHOWS OUR ONLY NEIGHBOR LEFT OF TOP CENTER AND OUR RIG TOP RIGHT….AND KELLY IS IN THIS PHOTO TOO

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IF YOU MISSED HER IN THE OTHER PHOTO HERE SHE IS IN THIS ONE

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Put our awning out this afternoon and sat outside reading for awhile.  Can’t even remember the last time I did that.  Maybe it was the last time we were here way back when, well whenever way back when was.  Ok I just checked and it was December of 2011

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IF IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A COW PLOP THEN MAYBE IT’S ‘JABBA THE HUT’

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THESE PHOTOS ONLY SHOW A FRACTION OF THE BEAUTY THAT IS TRULY HERE

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One of the attractions at the Darby Well area just west of Ajo for me may not be an attraction for others and it has to do with some mighty big and occasionally sudden noise.  Now not being a noise person you might wonder at my logic.  Well here it is, we are in an aerial military area and low flying hedgehopping jet aircraft are not unusual.  I’ve always had a thing for airplanes so seeing and hearing A-10 Warthogs skimming along about Saguaro height is a thrill for me.  Occasionally one of the F-16’s high overhead will break the sound barrier causing such a shattering double ‘boom-boom’ sound that you think a stick of dynamite went off under your hat. I’ve only ever heard that maybe twice here and I think it was the same day.  Probably the same rookie pilot with his foot too heavy on the gas. 

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MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE NAMED THIS ONE CHOCOLATE FUDGE MOUNTAIN

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THOSE ARE THE GROWLER MOUNTAINS IN THE DISTANCE

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A CAMPFIRE RING BEHIND OUR RIG

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Charlie was playing with his little brother Mickey when the little boy asked whether he could fly like Superman.  "Sure you can, Mickey," Charlie said, "Just flap your arms really *really* hard."  So Mickey climbed up on the windowsill, started flapping like mad, jumped, then smashed into the ground two stories below.  Horrified, their mother came screaming into the room and said, "What the heck happened?!?"  Charlie said, "I was just teaching Mickey not to believe everything someone tells him."

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Dear God, so far today, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, and I haven't lost my temper.
I haven't been grumpy, nasty or selfish, and I'm really glad of that!  But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on, I'm probably going to need a lot of help.

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When the wise company president learned that his employees were tanking upon no-trace vodka martinis during their lunch hours, he issued the following memo:  To all employees; If you must drink during you lunch hours, please drink whiskey. It is better for our customers to know you're drunk than to think you're stupid.

27 comments:

  1. Silence and solitude, what gifts. Good groaners today.

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  2. Looks like you have found a beautiful place to stay. Your photos do justice to the beauty of this area. It is so peaceful here.

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  3. Great pictures as usual. I boondock at times especially in West Texas. In my last outing into the New Mexico desert a pack rat chewed some wiring in my truck causing expenses. Do you have much trouble with critters boondocking? If you use special measures to prevent trouble please tell us the secret. Thank you for all the trouble you take in making this blog so special.

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    1. We've never had any Pack Rat problems while boon-docking but Congress where we had Pack Rats on the property we always left the rig's engine hood open and had rope lighting under the engine on a timer to turn on from dusk to dawn. Locals told us Pack Rat's do not like light. Although we had Pack Rat's in our shed they never did bother the Motorhome parked there. I think having a dog is a big deterrent for Pack Rats too.

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  4. We are hoping to make a break for it in a while and explore some of those areas as well, we do love it there as well.

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  5. What a spectacular spot!! Being in the center of so many beautiful saguaro is such a joy!! I can hardly wait to get back to the desert.

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  6. Thank you for the beautiful pictures Al. Wonderful memories.

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  7. Another one of our favorite spots, that's three for three. Great photos, I hope you get a few days without company.

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  8. How is Verizon cell signal up Darby Wells? We drove up there a couple years ago, and seemed like the cell signal was poor. It's a very pretty location, and your photos are making me wish I was there now. Maybe in a week or 2.

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    1. We have a good Verizon signal here at the north end of Darby Well Road where we have a direct line of site to what we think is the Verizon cell tower to the east.

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    2. Saw the photo in the next post, thanks Al. Labels on maps are confusing, in that Darby Well road changes to Bates and other names a short distance up from 85. I like the diversity of flora in that area, vs our usual campsite down by Why.

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  9. This post is a keeper and will be bookmarked in my files. Fantastic photos and you are right, a very beautiful area.

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  10. You are so right about the area between Ajo and Why.We love that too, and it seems that there is not much traffic down there. I guess the reason being there is nothing much in the way of snowbird entertainment there. Many folks can't walk much either, so hiking and exploring is not an option for them. Neither are there big flea markets around like there is in the Yuma area.

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  11. One word, beautiful. Thanks Al and Kelly.

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  12. Gorgeous greenery. The Sonoran Desert is so lush for a dry place. We have been in Ajo since November 11. Love it here.

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  13. Love that area...and yes, we too love the military aircraft zooming around..We drove to Organ Pipe Nat' Monument when down there, but lots of it was closed due to drug activity..There was only one loop open, but saw a ton of Organ Pipes!!We also picked up lots of Rose Chalcedony stones in that desert behind Hickiwan..

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  14. Darby Wells is calling to us also, but first we're going to check out Ogilby Road. Your photos are spectacular!

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  15. Sure nice to know you are on the road again. Why you might ask? Because your blogs have the most beautiful photos. You have a keen eye for what looks wonderful. Sure do appreciate you sharing with us folks.

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  16. 2011, that is when we met you and RVSue there! Beautiful spot! We loved it! Thank you for all the beautiful photographs to remind me of our visit there!

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  17. Don't forget to raise those levelers before you try to take off!

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  18. Those are some spectacular sunrise photos, Al. Very nice!

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  19. Such beautiful desert skies. You really found a gorgeous spot - hope it remains quiet for a few days!

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  20. Ahhhhh I feel such peace and contentment from your blog tonight. Thank you.

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  21. Lovely location, except for the planes for me. I am missing those saguaros. Only two weeks and I'll see them near Q.

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