Jay found a group of guys that have ATV’s and UTV’s that like to ride around in the desert. One guy, sort of the leader of the group, Mike, has been living here since 2003 and has explored a lot of the country side around here. He thinks nothing of putting on 60, 80, even 120 miles in a day all on dirt roads, up hills, near the border, into the mountains, ghost towns, wherever there might be something interesting to see. And there is a lot of interesting stuff to see here.
|old building next to the store|
Last week I went with the group and we headed south to a little community called Arivaca. We had the off-road vehicles on trailers, so we off-loaded them just a little south of there, then headed west toward an even smaller community called Sasabe.
|chilis hanging on the front door of the store|
We stopped in at the little store there. The lady was just bringing out some fresh tamales, so I picked up two of those to supplement our lunch. Burning daylight here, according to Mike, no lolly-gagging around taking pictures, so we hop back in the rigs and take off toward the border.
|going all the way to the end|
|the end of the wall|
We checked out the wall and the border crossing station here, then back tracked a little and went further west.
We stopped for lunch at the Presumido Ghost town. There are remnants of a few adobe and rock structures of what was likely a trading post.
So do you really think the Donald will get Mexico to pay to install a wall out here?
|Jay is in Mexico, Hi Jay!|
After lunch we kept going and were shown a spot where you can just walk across the border, I suppose if you really wanted to. It’s pretty rough terrain in this area and would be a long walk even if you stuck to the road. We checked out the fence line and in the distance on a hill could see one of the white border monuments.
let everyone catch up as we saw a helicopter approaching our little caravan. I thought, ‘oh, there goes Ted Cruz’, he was supposed to be touring the area that day. Well, they didn’t just pass on by, they circled around us, not once, but twice and hovered around for a bit before finally heading north. One thing of note about it, it was the quietest helicopter I have ever heard, and that thing was pretty close to us. I had just put my camera away for safe keeping out of the dust and didn’t think it was going to loiter so long so I didn’t get any pictures of it. The other guys did, and this is the only one they sent. It was closer to us than this picture shows.
Then we finally started back, heading for the barn, so to speak. It was about 40 miles back to the trucks and trailers so we went pretty much non-stop, just a couple of breaks for water, (in and out) and to make sure everyone in the group was still with us. We did have one other quick break to take a look at some pictographs that Mike spotted. He said he had never noticed those before.
|hawk sitting on it's nest|
Cool ride, lots of dust, but lots of fun stuff to see.
Next up, Mt. Lemmon and Redington Pass.