Thanks to the under-achieving performance of our elected officials, this trip included the current Federal Government shutdown that excluded driving the best areas of the National Monument. About 30 miles south of Gila Bend, you have your first encounter of the unique cacti wonderfully composed with mini-mountains and colorful rock formations. But, my clock shows 3pm and I am hoping that my arrival to OPC will net a sunrise shot so I don’t take the time to pull over. After 30 minutes in the park, I now know I could have just done my shots there and been better off. Not all adventures net a blue ribbon!
Still pressing the gas, I putter through the small towns of Ajo (what did you call me? lol) and Why (the local market sign says “Why Not”). Right away you can tell there are an abundance of artists living in Ajo and I am hoping I have enough daylight on my return trip to explore.