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.
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!
See the arch? Well, it has an arch on it!
An 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.
Me and an Organ Pipe Cactus!
What is Geocaching? Answer here.
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