Friday, February 22, 2013

Ajo AZ, Gate 15 on the Barry M Goldwater Range

In order to do this hike we had to watch a film and fill out a request for a permit to enter the Air Force Range.  We were then instructed to call a number and answer questions when we intended to enter one of the gates and were also given the code to the lock on the gates.  This is an inactive part (obviously;)) of an active Air Force firing range.  In the film we were cautioned to look out for unexploded ordinances and to avoid them but call them in.  Interesting huh?

Though we did not come across anything resembling ordinances, we did come across at least to sites where trash had been left from illegals crossing the range.  We have had rain the past 2 days and were told yesterday by a park ranger that a large group of illegals were picked up on the road.  Apparently, when it gets too tough for them they find a road and get picked up by the border patrol to be sent back to Mexico.

This is one of about 4 gates we can enter with the code given.

A very pretty area.


Another really tall saguaro!  What do you think....40+feet?




abandoned well

trash.......

and more trash, probably from illegals







lots of tiny flowers, we have been getting rain!.




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