Thursday, December 28, 2006

greetings from the border

greetings from ajo, arizona!

we had a whirlwind of a christmas, with julie's whole family visiting for the weekend; three church services in 24 hours (remind me to write about serving communion to a nun at the christmas day, homeless service); our annual "island of the misfit toys" party between the two services on christmas eve; and a chinese food extravaganza on christmas afternoon. we then skedaddled to the airport and flew to pheonix, collected our backpacks and rental car in the wee wee hours of the 26th, stayed the night at an econo-lodge, and then made our way to organ pipe cactus national monument, where we have set up camp in the desert, with the mountains of mexico just to the south.

our plan was to car camp a couple of nights, and then hike back country with our packs for a couple of nights. a cold, dreary rain today has us instead in ajo, eating good mexican food and hanging out at the public library (where, wouldn't you know, they are showing the movie cars! the kids are thrilled.) we've had two days of beeyooouuteeeful day hikes so far, and the kids have been amazing troopers, so i can't complain too much! tomorrow is supposed to be nice again, so we're going to try for a one-night back country packing adventure, probably just three miles or so out, and then back again the next day. we fly home early sunday morning.

look forward to desert reflections and some photos when we return!

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3 Comments:

At December 30, 2006 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you're there and we're here -- how did we not figure this out?!

Call when you can, though we go to Phoenix Th.!

Hope it was great!

Jen

 
At December 31, 2006 6:31 AM, Blogger saraskates said...

how cool!!!

 
At January 04, 2007 12:05 PM, Blogger Lilian said...

Wow, this is absolutely impressive -- camping and hiking with the kids. I hope to do that someday as well, but we haven't yet had the courage.

 

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