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Published: March 11th 2020
Blog 03-09-20 Deming to Picacho Peak
After having rained all day Sunday, Monday morning dawned bright and sunny. Sure was a good thing because I was heading to Arizona today and there was still some packing to do. It didn't take too long to get things in order and by 9:30 we were off.
I took a back road to the next entrance ramp 17 miles down the road, fueled up, and headed west on rt 10. The sun was bright, the air fresh and the flowers were blooming and I was happy to be on the road again.
I had been in Deming for 18 days and I needed to see new sights, and that I did. As so often the case in the west the terrain changes around every corner and the drive can never be boring. As happens when I've been camping for a while it gets difficult to keep going, I want to stop more often. After 3 such walking breaks I lectured myself about getting and staying on the road or I'd never get to Picacho Peak.
Suddenly I came upon signs that said caution-dust storm ahead-poor visibility. I was talking to
my sister on the phone and said "what is this, there is nothing" . Well just over the hill there was the blowing earth or fog, couldn't quite decide. I hung up and concentrated on driving as the visibility was getting limited. Then suddenly it all lifted. I think it was fog because there was water laying in the fields and the mist was stringing up like fog does. At any rate it was lifting, the air clearing and I could see again.
The scenery was beautiful and there were areas that had the most outstanding wildflowers. One particular rest stop had yellow flowers on the ground and all the way up the mountain. Pictures
The overpasses had beautiful scenes on the cement and fencing. Then we came to an area with the most gorgeous fields of yellow flowers. Pictures
One of the rest stops said we are entering Texas Canyon and suddenly there were huge rocks piled on top of each other. Pictures
The journey through Tucson was uneventful and just another 45 min and we'd be in the park. Then suddenly, there they were, the saguaro cactus. As I drove up the hill to
the state park it was evident that the park was in a bloom. Could I be this lucky... Oh yes indeed!!!
Like in Big Bend Nat'l Park last year the flowers were everywhere. This desert is greener and has more vegetation then in southern Texas or even Deming, NM. There were flowers everywhere and in great abundance. But the most outstanding vision for me was the saguaro cactus, standing proud and majestic. I couldn't believe how big they are and they grow on the rock on the mountains. The ridge line looks like it has pickers on it, but they are the saguaro.
I just leveled and plugged in the camper then took Watson and my camera exploring the park as long as the sun lasted. It is supposed to rain the next 4 days so if I want sunny pictures it's now or never.
I will include some pictures from today but save the rest for tomorrow.
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