January 5, 2016
After our week of paid camping in New Orleans we headed back west. Two and half days of driving and two nights in rest areas we found ourselves at Organ Pipe National Monument. Lots cacti and birds to see here. Also the temperature swing is almost crazy. Lows at night below freezing and highs in the mid 70s. The day starts with long sleeves and hoodies, by noon the hoodies are put away, an hour later short sleeves are called for. When the sun goes down it starts to cool so the process of warm clothes reverses. With the cold night time temperatures we are very happy to have a nice furnace to keep the chill off.
Here we met some old friends, people we’ve camped here with in the past. Made some new friends. I drug out the dulcimer for a couple afternoon practice sessions and received a few nice complements along with a couple of visits, all positive.
Not to let ham radio fall by the way side, I had a couple contacts on VHF while traveling and met several hams here at Organ Cactus National Monument. This is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System and ARRL not to be outdone has set of a program honoring that 100 years. It goes on all year.
One changes since the last time were here is at the visitor’s center there’s free WiFi, but it’s not much better than what we encountered in Bayou Segnette Campground in LA. I managed to get my email and that’s about it. I’m writing this on Saturday January 2, 2016 , Sunday or Monday we’ll be in town and I’ll stop at the Library to post this. I’ll also see if I can add some pictures too.
It looks like the pictures will have to wait a bit longer. Rains kind of slowed the picture taking down. Yes, it’s the past two days. I guess I brought it on, the trailer and the truck needed a bath so they one, next day it rained. But, on the bright side the desert has a sweet pleasant smell in the rain. It’s not raining hard, it’s what is called “a soft winter rain” unlike the hard summer rains (thunderstorms in the summer). Everything is getting green and we’re running around in long sleeve T shirts today.
I finally got a couple pictures to show. The first one is an old plantation/museum we visited. The next one is our campsite at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Third one down is a cardinal that was at our Bayou Segnette Camp, the last is female cardianl.