27 million years ago in the southeast corner of AZ the Turkey Creek Caldera spewed forth a 2000 foot thick layer of white-hot ash. This ash cooled and hardened into rhyolitic tuff. For the next 27 million years wind and water has eroded the tuff into spectacular hoodoos.
I was pleasantly surprised how lush and green Organ Pipe was. The park is simply gorgeous. It is unique and has been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. 12,000 years ago Paleo-Indians hunted mammoths in cooler, wetter woodlands. Today, plants and animals have adapted to high heat and scarce water.
|Cholla up front, Saguaro standing tall|
|Looking across a rift valley|
|Bending toward the horizon at the end of the day.|
| Thorny Ocotillo, a spiny scarlet flowered desert shrub on the left|
and Oran Pipe Cactus to the right
|The Prickly Pear has a beautiful red fruit.|
It is often sought after as a delicacy.
One of my goals in Rocky Point was to get Serenity's stress fractures, rock chips and a couple of holes fixed.
|The aluminum plate is my temporary fix |
for a couple of holes in the side.
|Right side stress fracture.|
|Getting those rock chips|
|Ready to paint|
|The brown paint|
|The clear coat|
|The big reveal|
|Looking 10 years younger|
I am very pleased with Santiago's work. The paint match was better than I expected. $500
The WINs are in warm and sunny Puerto Penasco, Rock Point, MX. Today was Ultralight day. I had my first thrilling flight. These things are so cool.
|Jetty being constructed for cruise ships. |
To be finished someday, maybe.
|Puerto Pensado ahead|
|Our campground. |
You can see some WINs launching their kayaks.
|Down low, just off the water|
On the road the other day I was getting hot. I turned on Serenity's dash AC and nary a breath of cold air blew my way. I needed to get the AC fixed before summer heat descends. C J's RV Repair Specialists in Yuma referred me to Bill's Tractor and Auto Repair.
Redlands Truck and RV stood tall. They covered the total cost, $1,100. They are a one of the great shops and my go to shop in the Southwest.
V Y, yes that is his first name, located a leak at the condenser. It had been caused because the dryer, a small black canister, had not been anchored to the frame. As it moved and vibrated, it caused the fitting at the condenser to loosen.
|The condenser is wet with leaking fluid|
Redlands Truck and RV Redlands, CA had forgotten to install this crucial bracket when they replaced my engine.
I talked to Chris and he said they would take care of me, and they did.
|Harmon and V Y assembling the new condenser.|
|The critical bracket ready |
to be attached to the frame.
|Rechargiing the system.|
Claud, Bill's son, did a great job finding a new condenser and getting me out in three days.
|Claud tallying the bill|