You can't believe how happy I will be to get away from the crowds and be out in the desert again.
I had an easy drive into Ajo today only 80 or 90 miles and the traffic was light. But I have to tell you Ajo is really out in the middle of nowhere and why would I say that, because it's neighbor is a bombing range. how far away from civilization do you have to be to be close to a bombing range. I even watched some Air Force jets flying low making their bombing runs.
As is normally the case when I go to a place I've never been before I checked into an RV Park for one night and then got in my truck and scouted out the boondocking possibilities.
I visited two well-known boondocking areas that are three or four miles from town one was at the rodeo arena and the other was just down the road at a county park. From what I understand the rodeo arena charges three dollars a night for boondocking and the county park is free but has a two-week stay limit which is okay by me because that's probably as long as I want to stay in Ajo anyway.
The rodeo arena boondocking area was mainly a big dirt parking lot with two RVs in it but it looked kind of dusty. The county park which is only about a quarter of a mile past the rodeo arena looked a lot better, dirt roads winding through the brush and cactus, with picnic tables and shelters. There was one other RV boondocking in the park so there's plenty of room for me. So tomorrow morning I plan on dragging the Arctic Fox over there.
Right near the rodeo arena on a dirt road I saw a sign that said shooting range I didn't go down the road to check it out but I definitely will before I leave.
I'm really looking forward to getting out of this crowded RV Park I'm in right now, I guess this is Ajo's busy season because the RV parks on Main Street look pretty full.
I had planned on going to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument while I was here but after realizing it's 40 miles past Ajo to the Park headquarters I'm not sure if I want to drive that far down a desolate two-lane road to see another cactus.