Remember when we went to Sunset Crater and Wupatki (The Ups and Downs of the Land – Arizona) about a month before this? Well, what I didn’t tell you is that on the way to the RV park in Flagstaff, we tried to dry camp in a woods and got a window and part of the wall torn out. Since that happened, we needed to get it fixed and be near a repair place. Gila Bend was a reasonable place, so we would stay there – for 2 months.
However, before driving to the area, we first went to Camping World and dropped Granny off at the airport. The rest of the day was spent driving and settling into our new RV park.
A few days later we went to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It has a long history, including mining, settling, missions, wars, the Coronado Expedition passing through, and the area becoming part of the US. We enjoyed hiking an easy trail (Arch Canyon Trail), as well as a non-maintained, steep, rocky trail which connected to it. After that, we went on the Victoria Mine Trail which was easy. Only Daddy, the two older boys, and I went on the steep part of Arch Canyon. It was very tiring, lots of climbing on the way up, and lots of careful sliding on the way down. There were tons of gravel and loose rock, as well as a chance of getting lost, which made it a bit dangerous but fun and exciting at the same time. At the top, there was a beautiful lookout. We had climbed about 800 feet over half a mile, so everything looked small from above. The trail all together was probably a 2.4 mile roundtrip hike.
Next week we went to see Casa Grande Ruins National Monument , the remains of a historical Native American house. No one seems to know exactly who built it, or what it was used for.