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Old 02-04-2019, 08:18 AM   #31
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I love organ pipe!!! been since a kid that I was there!!! an awesome place to see esp this time of year!!



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Old 02-05-2019, 01:17 PM   #32
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Sure is nice here. Here a pic from the concentrating solar along I8.

Interesting RV ...vixen.

We did a 20 mile dirt road drive in the monument and some hiking. In the evening the rangers organized a star party. We brought a telescope along but their stuff was nice.

Today we are going go to see the pupfish .
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:57 PM   #33
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Yesterday my last post got lost so here the do over.

Our third day in organ pipe cactus was spend driving to quitobaquito . a spring with pond 100 yards from the Mexican border. Pupfish is the aniumal that swims in this protected environment.
The mexican border is kind of in the news and so it was a little exciting to take the jeep on the washboard road along the Mexican border.
I will upload some pics when I have better signal.
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Yesterday my last post got lost so here the do over.

Our third day in organ pipe cactus was spend driving to quitobaquito . a spring with pond 100 yards from the Mexican border. Pupfish is the aniumal that swims in this protected environment.
The mexican border is kind of in the news and so it was a little exciting to take the jeep on the washboard road along the Mexican border.
I will upload some pics when I have better signal.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:39 PM   #35
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Pics. Of our last hikes.
Next day spend another $20... we stayed down at the campground..the kids had found another kid to play with. Kids are pretty rare and they need their social outlets to.
Next day we left for Ajo to pick up the hydraulic valve and re-supply. Cute town. In the afternoon we drove 3 mile south of ajo and found a nice spot on blm land.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:59 PM   #36
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So I checked out my new fdca. ...fan drive control assembly. To be honest I gave up hope after I tested the pwm signal coming from the ecm with a variable resistor to see if I could trick the ecu in giving a non error code. With the variable resistor I was able to go from an open circuit code to a shorted circuit code by varying the resistance. But... Not in turning the code off. So I assumed I had a damaged ecm. Any how after replacing the electronic module on the valve .....the light went out..... Amazing. ...still do not understand the principle of fault code generation for an open to shorted circuit on a pwm output. ...Chris any input?.

Yesterday we spend the day at camp relaxing... Making fire..cooking...
Today we went to Ajo. We just hit the jackpot... Nice breakfast at the coop. Then farmers market with good produce. Then a non profit swap meet to improve the town...we checked out the open mine pit and went to the all volunteer history of ajo museum ( essential mine museum) very interesting and fun. Went back to Dory south of town for lunch and then back to the library. Gave the kids some study time for schoolwork.. In the evening we cooked soup on the campfire.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:55 PM   #37
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Sunday morning another breakfast in Ajo. after that we dirtroaded with the jeep around the mine and with some creative map interpretation we found Valentine Well. It is almost 14 February after all.

In the afternoon I tried to work some bugs out of the shower. Finally got it working except that the heating element in the shower head was 2700 watt. Our inverter being 2500 watt did not like that and would shut of after 3 min use. So we need a slightly bigger inverter.

Monday morning it was time to leave our wild desert camping spot. Exciting to see that the fleabay hydraulic valve did work correctly and kept the temp below 207F.

On the way to kitt peak observatory . we checked out Sells. Fueled and coffeed up ($2.86/gallon). And crawled up kitt peak mountain. It was a fun climb and we had a nice tour of the 4 meter telescope.
The decent was fun as well. 10 miles at 8% . nice with a retarder. Coolant was at 195F .

We drove on to Tucson and are camping now at blm land at schnyder Hill. Just west of Tucson. ( last pic)
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:15 AM   #38
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Holy moly, what a trip! It just hit me that you started this adventure as a trip to Skoolipalooza, but that was well over a month ago. What are your travel plans and timeline? You're missing a heckuva storm system here in the middle of the country.....I'm a tad jealous, as your'e in the desert and we're suffering an ice storm!
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:08 PM   #39
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Thanks Drew. I have crossed the USA several times but never without time restriction as now. I never thought that I would Not be bored camping 4 days in the middle of nowhere. We are amazed how well this lifestyle fits us.

Sorry did not want to gloat. Sorry about the weather. Dreadful.

This morning here in Tucson I noticed a little ice on a puddle. The plan is to do some shopping and then find a camping spot in the Santa Rita mountains.

From there back to Tucson for the Sonora desert museum, Pima air museum and the minute man missile silo. May be get a feel for the aircraft graveyards.

Later in the week tombstone and bisbee mine museum.

We will go as far east as white sands the turn around west again.

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Old 02-12-2019, 12:23 PM   #40
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Don't know if you can get reservations,but as long as you're down there try to see Karchner caverns
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