Southern Arizona Leisure Travel van tour 2021: Day eleven – twelve

Our last stop on our Southern Arizona Tour was at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the Mexican – U.S. border. The elevation at Organ Pipe is around 1.600 feet, the high temperatures during the day in mid-April were nearing 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t worry – it’s a dry heat – humidity less than 9 percent!

We chose to end our tour here in Organ Pipe, perhaps next time we lead a tour through southern Arizona we will continue on to Yuma. Some of our LTV group went on their own to Yuma. Among other things, there’s a state historic park in Yuma – a prison that dates back to when Arizona was still a territory, opened July 1, 1876 and closed September 15, 1909. But we’ll have to include that in our next tour of southern Arizona.

Many of the pictures in this post were donated by our Leisure Travel Van tour group. Let’s take a look at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument…

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LTV owners – (From Left) Tai & Jane Taitano, MaryAnn & me with the Traveling Pups – Luna & Peeta. at the entrance of Organ Pipe.
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Organ Pipe Cactus.
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LTV owner – Tai always comes prepared! (Photo by Gordon Dupries)
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From the road into Organ Pipe.
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More from the road to Organ Pipe.
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Saguaro Cactus are plentiful in Organ Pipe National Monument.
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Arches along the trail at Organ Pipe. (Photo by Gordon Dupries)
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Views from the campground.
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Our last group gathering! (Photo by Gordon Dupries)
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LTV owners- Ed & Cynthia Doyle in Organ Pipe.
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From the campground we could see the border wall in the distance. (Photo by MaryAnn Barber)
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Views on the trail above the campground.
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From the trail above the campground.
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LTV owners – MaryAnn Barber and Linda Douglass hiking on the trail above the campground.
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An unwelcomed visitor under Ed & Cynthia Doyle’s LTV. (Photo by Cynthia Doyle).
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This is how some of our group prepared themselves for our visit to Organ Pipe. (Photo by Mary Williams)
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Organ Pipe Cactus.
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Views from the campground.
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More Organ Pipe.
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The three amigas! LTV owners – (From Left) Jane Taitano, Linda Douglass, and MaryAnn Barber hiking on the trails in Organ Pipe.
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Linda Douglass (On Left) Jane Taitano hiking in Organ Pipe.
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Organ Pipe in the campground.
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The road to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
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Views from the campground.
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More of the road to Organ Pipe.
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Part of our Leisure Travel Van caravan on the road. (Photo by Cynthia Doyle)
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Views in Organ Pipe.
Entrance to Organ Pipe.
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Our LTV caravan. (Photo by Cynthia Doyle)
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Mountains in Organ Pipe.
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Jon & Mary’s LTV at sunset in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. (Photo by Mary Williams)
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Our LTV campsite at Organ Pipe.
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Our campsite.
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Some interesting Saguaro Cactus on the road to Organ Pipe.
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Sunset in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

This post concludes our 2021 Southern Arizona Leisure Travel Van Tour. This was truly an epic adventure! We started the journey as mostly strangers and ended as good friends.

Traveling is always a great adventure for us, a chance to see something new. There’s only one thing better than traveling – that’s traveling with other people with similar interests! Seeing new things and being on an adventure with other people makes the journey so much better than traveling alone!

The road of life is full of ups and downs and twists and turns. We need God’s help and each other to navigate all the challenges life brings our way. Don’t try to go it alone. Until next time on the Barber Road…

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