Organ Pipe Cactus

I recently visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  It was a very interesting side trip for me.

I stopped at the visitor center upon arrival and purchased my senior pass.  That pass gives me free access to most national Parks and Monuments.  That pass costs me $10.00 and the access I got that day that would have cost me $2.00 and I got 4 gallons of drinking water for free that would have cost me a dollar.  So, I saved $3.00 of the $10.00 that the pass cost me in just that one day. If I had wanted to camp there I could have saved half that fee. the normal fee is $8 per night. If I had stayed two nights my pass would have been more than paid for. HAHA.

I decided to take a 21 mile driving tour that was listed as a 2 hour trip.  I spent over 3 hours on the tour and could have spent most of the day.

This is the welcome sign upon first entering the national monument. This is just past a Border Patrol check point for those going the other way..dsc04741

This picture is of first entering the driving tour. The tour goes into those mountains in the background.dsc04742

Some beautiful scenery.dsc04744

Not all of the landscape is flat. Notice the Organ Pipe cactus.dsc04758

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Can you see the double arches at the top? This picture doesn’t show it well, but those two arches are complete, one above the other.dsc04763

This desert has some water in it as well.  This picture actually shows a waterfall back in the rocks.  It appears just as a white streak in the middle of the picture.dsc04767

This is the view as I was looking back, coming to the completion of my driving tour.dsc04774

I thought this was a very interesting cactus.  It is a “chain fruit” cholla cactus.dsc04774

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I enjoyed the trip very much and could return to to take a different driving tour.

 

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Furnishings & Layout 2

As I sit in the passenger seat, immediately behind me is storage for my shoes and some other odds and ends.

dsc04676The gun in front of the bathroom scales is simply an air rifle that I held onto.

Behind the drivers seat is storage that has a spare battery and some assorted materials.dsc04677

Between the seats, is a 5 gallon bucket that is used for storage and doubles as an end table.  There is also the center console, which is attached to the engine dog box,  that holds a lot of miscellaneous material readily available while driving and reclining.

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Overhead is storage that is a part of the original van conversion.  That storage is divided into three different sections.  I use the left section for my toiletries and personal care items. The middle section for prescription medications, first aid supplies, and assorted medical supplies. the right section holds towels, wash cloths and hand towels as well as dish cloths and dish towels.

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The cloth hanging below the left section slides across, to the right, on the wire to close the living area from the drivers compartment to provide more privacy and reduce the area for heating purposes.

Furnishings & Layout 1

This posting will be about the furnishings and layout of my van / tiny home.

Starting at the front of the van, I have of course the driver’s seat, which I definitely use when moving to different locations.  Next to it is the passenger seat.  I have turned the passenger seat around and made it into a recliner facing my living area.  The passenger seat no longer has seatbelts so I am unable to legally carry any passengers in the van while I’m driving.

Just to the front, since the seat is turned around, and left side of the passenger seat is the side door to the van through which I access the interior of my living space.  I must step up and be careful of my head as I’d get into the van.

This photo is taken from the side door.

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More later.