From Quartzsite we head south on Route 95 to Yuma, Arizona. It is an interesting ride through the desert and past the U.S. Army proving grounds. Once we are near to Yuma and its irrigation canals there are suddenly many green fields of produce. Though a moving picture, you might be able see that this field is ready to pick cauliflower.
Usually a number of white school buses indicate the pickers are at work on a field. This machine allows a number of pickers to sit or lay down above each row. Then they pick their row and fill the boxes as the machine moves slowly. Not the easiest work.
From Yuma, we travel east on Route 8 to Gila Bend and then south on Route 85.
Lady Blue is quite happy in a roomy spot. We use our awning
to get some shade from the high eighties sun. It seems the storm that is bringing very cold weather to the Northeast is bringing up warm air for us. Oh well, we will just deal with it!
No, there is no problem with the motor. There are some industrious pack rats in the park that enjoy making homes under the cactus. They love soft materials from engine compartments. The open hood discourages them a little.
We are a few short miles from Lukeville, Arizona, a town on the Mexican border. So, here it is already starting to be Spring. This is a Gila woodpecker remodeling a nest inside the saguaro.
No question about messing with these plants.
The Teddy Bear Cholla looks very cuddly, right?
Wrong! A close look says stay very far away!
What we believe is a cactus wren is perched on an ocotillo bush. This bush looks like a bundle of sticks most of the time. But every so often, sometimes right after rain, it sprouts small green leaves and blossoms.
Again, look closely and you will see some very sharp needles amongst the leaves.
The flower is a bright orange to red. Some of the desert areas are looking forward to a very colorful Spring with some of the rain from El Nino.
Close by is a dead cholla cactus.
A closer look at the skeleton. Nature can be very efficient.
A number of Airstream in the park. This one is from Idaho and the owner lists it as a 1953 model.
Note the vent that would be above the camping stove used inside. He also said this one came with a fresh water tank which I thought was surprising. Most units of this era had very few amenities.
Some of the other bushes are beginning to blossom.
Which attracts a number of bees.