Sunday, December 12, 2010

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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Today KennyV and I decided to head out to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and grab a couple of caches. There was a mystery cache at the parks visitor center, so we grabbed that one first. The cache required some math and the use of a decoder... but the math was simple and the decoder was provided. I'm not quite sure that the 4 star difficulty was warranted....

Did I mention the visitor center is only 5 miles away from the Mexican Border? We saw a ton of Border Patrol trucks on the way to and from the park. We also went through two checkpoints ourselves.

On the way to the Earthcache we were after (Arch Canyon Earthcache.) We stopped at a vista and could even see Mexico.

Mexico

The Earthcache featured a lovely arch. It wasn't too hard of and EC to complete, we just needed to find some information and say, in our own words, how the arch formed. The cache page didn't even require a picture... but I wanted one anyway!

Arch Canyon - Organ Pipe National Monument

See the arch? Well, it has an arch on it!

An arch on an arch.

Arch on an Arch

Organ Pipe Cactus Monument was a lovely park. I'm glad I had the chance to go!

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is the only place in the United States to see large stands of organ pipe cacti, though their range extends far south into Mexico. They produce their first flower when they are around 35 years old and can live up to be around 150 The flowers only bloom at night! More info on the park's website.

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Me and an Organ Pipe Cactus!

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5 comments:

  1. I haven't been there in a long time and have forgotten how beautiful it was. Thanks for these wonderful photos!

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  2. I camped with my children at Organ Pipe Cactus NM, several years ago, before I was involved in geocaching. The ranger warned me about taking the one dirt route which paralleled the Mexican border. Saw a massive rattler sunning itself on one of the trailer park cement slabs. It's a very stunning park.

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  3. Glad you had the chance to go, it looks beautiful. For some reason, I thought the Organ Pipe cactus variety were smaller..that one is HUGE!

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  4. The contrast between your recent photographs and mine are amazing,just shows you how different it is around the world. I managed to find 11 chaches in England recently when down visiting our daughter who is a geocacher, I have some looked out for her when she is up next week with her family, Thank you for visiting my blog again :-)

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