After a fun, laughter-filled trip to the Fiesta Bowl with my husband and four wonderful friends, I left from Phoenix to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Ajo, Arizona. The morning of January 6 was spent in Phoenix taking care of car maintenance; an oil change at Larry Miller Toyota in Peoria, followed by tire rotation at Discount Tire down the street. If anyone needs Toyota maintenance while they are in Phoenix, Arizona, Larry Miller is the place to go. Very nice people and an exceptionally nice waiting area with coffee, pastry breakfast, and free WIFI.
Organ Pipe National Monument is on the Mexico border southwest of Tucson, Arizona. I arrived about 5 PM just as the winds were really picking up. Great…my first time to put up the REI Half Dome Plus backpacking tent all by myself. I wanted to purchase a solo tent for my travels alone, but Stephen insisted I would enjoy having more space. He was right. I did enjoy having space to put things. I even had a little sitting area with a Crazy Creek backpacking camp chair. It is very nice to be able to sit up with back support in a tent. Well, it took an hour to erect the simple tent that I have put up many times (with help) in about 10 minutes. The winds were crazy bad. It even blew away once! I chased it, caught it before it could cross the Mexican border, and staked it down with several extra stakes. That tent wasn’t going anywhere! Just in time for a simple dinner sitting in my car watching a beautiful desert sunset.