Goodbye Yuma, Hello Ajo!

The crew and I are back where we started a year ago.

I love the lush green of the Sonoran Desert.  That’s right, a desert that’s lush.  I look forward to taking many photos to show you how beautiful it is here.

This post is short because I’m very sleepy after a full day.  Tomorrow I’ll write more and catch up.  Judging by the way Bridget and Spike reacted upon being let out of the PTV, I think they remember Darby Well Road and are glad to be back.

I know I am!




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43 Responses to Goodbye Yuma, Hello Ajo!

  1. DeAnne from TN says:

    Glad it feels like home, Sue. Can’t wait to see pictures and read posts!

  2. jean/Southaven, ms says:

    here I am first again. looking forward to lots of pictures of the desert in all it’s glory. Glad the trip was good. sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

  3. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Welcome home…………………..enjoy!

    I love Saguaro cactus……had a lamp and dining room chairs made from the skeletons. Sadly southwest decor doesn’t go well in this neck of the woods. Found them good homes before we left Caleefornia.

    When you get a moment…I need the zip code please.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy and Jules,

      c/o General Delivery, Ajo, AZ 85321-9999 Thank you!

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        Good morning……….thanks.

        We woke up with snow up to our eyeballs! We have to shovel out….and wait for the snowplow to clear the road. I’ll let you know when the package is enroute. Probably won’t be today! Hopefully you’ll be there for awhile.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, I’ll be here for a while. This is too good to leave. Sun shining, birds tweeting . . . oops, sorry about that. . . Hope the snowplow doesn’t fill up your driveway!

          • cinandjules (NY) says:

            Rub it in….TYVM! The plow always throws the snow INTO the driveway. As soon as the plow comes…we go up there and dig it out immediately…if not it hardens so bad the blower can’t get thru it. Right now…we do it all by hand.

            With that………….I just got back from the PO. It’s coming priority mail (little box) and should be there in 2-3 days. Monday is a holiday so don’t make a trip to town too early.

            Enjoy! 🙂

  4. Pat says:

    Welcome…..hope you brought warmer weather with you.

    Pat in Ajo

  5. libertatemamo says:

    Oh excellent! Figured you might have moved on with the good weather today. Sorry we missed you in Yuma, but look forward to seeing your pics and experiences from Ajo (and thanks to you I know how to pronounce it too!)

  6. Rita says:

    I went back and read a few post from January 2012. Loved the blog about aliens…strange things do happen in the desert. Once I heard a loud whooshing sound from above with a very large dark shadow traveling FAST but no lights visible at all. A few seconds later got a call from cousin who lives five miles away w/same sound & shadow and wanted to know if we saw and heard it. Watch out for poisonous insects in the desert…especially the brown recluse spider. My dogs are city slickers so they are curious about insects and such. My sisters dogs are country dogs and know all about snakes & insects and avoid it.

  7. cozygirl says:

    I had to Google map Ajo… looks like a perfect getaway spot. I’m off to read about it last year. And thanks again Sue for sharing your input on how your setup works! On our countdown, 2013 is going to be our year!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The first year! I’d love to live it all over again! Who knows? Maybe I’ll feel that way about the second year, the third, the . . . . Okay, go read about aliens in Ajo! (See link above.)

  8. Bob Lowry says:

    I will be in Ajo in a few months. I’m looking forward to your photos and comments. is there a good RV park in the area?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Bob!

      The only info I have right now on RV parks is Belly Acres. It’s the place boondockers go to dump and take on water. The managers are very friendly and helpful. The grounds are neat and clean. It’s not a scenic place but it’s very conveniently located on the main street, near grocery, Family Dollar, auto repair, True Value….

      I’ll keep you in mind when I’m in town and will post more information and photos.

    • Pat says:

      Hi Bob,

      I am in Ajo and have been staying at Shadow Ridge and it is very nice. Nothing fancy, but very clean and the staff and other resisdents are very helpful.

  9. Nita Laughlin says:

    My location is TN. Have been to Ajo and that area and Organ Pipe Monument is one of my favorite. Went to a trading post while there and bought Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly. Best ever. If you happen to see any let me know and maybe I can order. I’ve tried ordering from a another place. Too sweet, not that good tart flavor.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Nita in Tennessee!

      I’ll let you know if I come across any Prickly Pear jelly. I think I saw some in the Nature Discovery Center (or whatever it’s called) in Borrego Springs.

  10. Becky Thompson says:

    I am looking forward to you new photo’s of “lush” desert, I’m afraid I am not a dry desert person.
    I do so enjoy your site with the pic’s and about you doggies. I have two Chihuahua’s myself, so know about dogs and how they are.
    Be careful out there and take care of yourself.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Becky!

      Chihuahuas are precious. I’ve never considered having one because they are so tiny, I’d probably step on it. Glad you enjoy my blog . . .

  11. earthdancerimages says:

    What adventures you have had since you last saw Ajo! I bet it almost feels like an old friend welcomiing you home!! Enoy your winter home! Hugs and Snuggles to Bridget and Spike!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, we’ve come full circle. Little did I know what wonderful adventures were ahead for me and the crew when we left here last winter. Great to see you back here, Geri. I’ll assume that means you are getting your strength and energy back.

  12. AZ Jim says:

    Sue, You and I (and many other retirees) need to save every dime possible so we can pay our bills and maybe even have a few bucks left over. Here is a story from the London Times of a man who must be a lot smarter than us:

    “Outside England ’s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant…..The fees for cars ($1.40),for buses (about $7).

    Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn’t show up; so the zoo management called the city council and asked it to send them another parking agent. The council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the zoo’s own responsibility. The zoo advised the council that the attendant was a city employee.
    The city council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the city payroll.

    Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, or France, or Italy, is a man who’d apparently had a ticket booth installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day — for 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars ……and no one even knows his name.”

    This just gave me a huge laugh. I hope you joined me in that.

  13. Pat says:

    Yes, I am at Shadow Ridge.

  14. Mick says:

    Is your air card signal stronger than last year? I seem to recall that you had some trouble there until you moved up to the Bayfield site. Is Rick around?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Mick… The signal is weaker from the spot I’m in, but the antenna makes it stronger than the signal I got last year in the other spot.

      Re: Rick…. I need to write today’s blog post!

  15. Glenda Cornwill says:

    Bring on the photos as I wouldn’t have seen them from your last visit. Still reading through the entire blog fromt he start…………..up to August 2011……….long way to go 🙂

  16. Virginia says:

    Felt a sense of coming home myself when I read your blog today. I remember the day you arrived at Darby Well last year and were kinda new to it all and now you have come full circle no worse for wear with a lot of fine memories and new friends. Also you have done a great job with your budget over the last year. One can survive on SS and live better on less and be mobile! After long searching, I think I have found my PTT and PTV also, half the battle. Best wishes in 2013! Hi to Bridge and Spike 🙂

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