02/07/2012 to 02/09/2012 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
On Tuesday, 2-7, we headed south from Sedona to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument where we were to meet up with the Escapees
Mexican Connection group for all our pre-meetings before heading into Mexico.  The drive was pretty uneventful, except for the time my iPhone
map took us off onto a dirt "road" that was straight down and straight back up so we got kinda stuck down there with our truck end up and our
trailer end down.  I should have taken a picture!  4WD and some tire spinning and we were out of there, cussing my iPhone, but surprisingly not
each other.  
As we pulled into the park, I noticed the sky was really weird.  There
was a huge black circle around the sun.  Richard said it was a sundog,
and he didn't act impressed until he got out of the truck and saw it.  
Pretty crazy.  

We got to our site for three days of boondocking.  (No hookups).  We
hadn't done that before in this new RV, so we weren't sure how long
we would last on just battery power.  

The first meeting of the Escapees Mexico Connection was just a few
short minutes after we had gotten all settled in.  We arrived with high
hopes, but left a bit worried.  There was bickering and complaining,
and none of it was coming from us!  But, we met with our caravan
group - group 'C' - the Coyotes, and got our order in line and our CB
station, and a time to carpool to the border the next day to acquire our
visas.  

Wednesday group C headed to the border at 10am.  We parked on
the US side, walked across, paid too much money ($26 per person) for
a Mexican visa - which we apparently always get when going into
Mexico for more than 72 hours, but I've never realized this because I
think the airlines pay the fee or something..., ate fish tacos (well,
everyone but me ate fish tacos) and headed back to the US side.
Wednesday afternoon was the second big meetin' of the Escapees Mexican Connection and folks must have just been tired from driving, arriving,
and setting up on Tuesday, because this meeting went much better.  Everyone was happy and fun - especially us.  Thursday morning Richard took
a pic of the sunrise over the cacti, then we headed out on a hike.  
When we got back, I went out on a
run while Richard and some others
from the "C" group convinced our
group leaders that it might not be a
good idea to cross the border
calling ourselves Coyotes, since
that is a common reference to folks
who smuggle Mexicans across the
border, and besides other groups
had cooler names, so we became
the Cervezas.  Much better!  
While I was out on my run, I saw a naughty cactus.  I couldn't help it, I had to stop and take his picture.  
Guess nobody told him he could go blind.  Maybe this is why they named it Organ Pipe?  

Then it was time for the taco and margarita party.  Everyone was the most happy at this meeting.  To
bed early, have to be ready to meet the Cerveza caravan at 8:30!