Saturday March 12, 2022 Ajo Arizona Bates Wells Road
Gaelyn had to go to Ajo today to dump her truck’s tanks and get propane. So we broke camp and headed for town to get things done. I went shopping and gassed the van, then went over to see how Gaelyn was doing. She said they were out of propane and would have to hunt around town for some. To complicate things the power was off in half the town.
I left her to it and headed back out to Bates Wells Road as I was planning to check out the mining stuff at what I think is Darby Wells.
I had to drive around the big tailing piles from the old copper mine that was here and is now shut down. It was a huge open pit copper mine.
Darby Wells old mining area
The Bayfield Bunch
Al from the Bayfield Bunch sent me a link to when he and his wife Kelly were here and were able to check it out.
I had a good nap at that spot before continuing to the next spot I wanted to check out up the road a bit.
Cattle working area
Walk in the wash
After a rest I went for what I thought was going to be short walk but turned into a longer one. I headed down this wash picking my way through the bushes. The only problem was the wash split in several places and I had a hard time making my way back.
Since I had only planned a short walk I didn’t take my cell phone and turn on the tracking app in it as I should have.
These things seem to be quite big in this area. I can’t spell their name. You can see the little moon between the limbs. It’s small for some reason.
While looking I ran into this little road that I thought might come out at the Bobcat’s place so I followed it a good distance and it led away from were I wanted to go so I retraced my steps and started through the brush again finding my way slowly and making progress to get back before dark.
When I got back to camp I found Gaelyn out walking around the desert near our camp taking pictures when we noticed these two vultures sitting on this limb rather close to camp and we were thinking they might be roosting for the night but they soon flew off, likely because we were making too much noise shooting the bull and watching the sunset.
I put up a video the other day.