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Carrizo Plain National Monument

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After leaving Arizona, we headed to southern California for some doctors appointment and such and then began our slow journey north.  We started by spending some time in a place neither of us had ever heard about before.  We went to Carrizo Plain National Monument.  It is almost 250,000 acres of land managed jointly by BLM, CA Fish & Game, and The Nature Conservancy.  I actually found it by seeing it on a map, looking it up online and then finding out that we could stay here in a campground for free for up to 14 days!  At that point, I thought, “Wow!  We gotta check this place out!”  And I’m glad that we did!  The Carrizo Plain is an internal drainage basin where all of the surface water drains down to Soda Lake at the northern end of the monument.  Soda Lake is one of the largest undisturbed alkali wetlands in the state.  With no outlets, during the summer months, all the water evaporates and leaves behind an expanse of sodium sulfate and carbonate salts.  Back in the 1880s, the …

Why or Why Not

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We left Congress, AZ and headed down to Why, AZ after hearing from some of our friends that Why was a nice place to go hang out for a while.  We also heard that Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was a pretty place to visit as well, so we thought, what the heck?  Why not visit Why?  The night that we arrived definitely did not disappoint!  It seemed to welcome us with open arms!!  We stayed in is the BLM land just outside of town.  It’s just an open area that you can pull in, park your rig, and stay.  It doesn’t cost you anything, and there aren’t much in the way of rules.  As in, there are no particular generator hours, quiet times, etc.  If you don’t like what your neighbor does, pack up your stuff and move.  Here’s what the view was like looking out our side windows.  Not too shabby.  And the stars at nights were simply AMAZING!!We took a day and visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  We stopped by the Kris Eggle Visitor Center named after a park ranger who lost his life de…