(Jan) Last week we joined Mark & Judie in the desert and called Ogilby BLM our home for the week. We enjoyed the leisurely lifestyle but also took several side trips. Fist up was a great visit with long time hometown friends Nancy and Calvin. We met for a late breakfast at Penny’s Diner and then were able to spend the next several hours touring around the Yuma Ag Fields and then into the Foothills. We sure enjoyed their visit. Can’t believe I didn’t get a photo!
We also spent 2 mornings going to Los Algondones, Mexico to have an Eye Exam and get fitted for new glasses. We could have had our glasses in one day by waited the 3-4 hours that it takes to have them made but we decided to return the following morning. We had an excellent exam from Dr. Luis Gonzalez at Algodones Optical and would highly recommend him. Neither of us were happy with the glasses we gotten in the states several years ago. And this winter Chuck tried twice to get a new pair in Yuma. Neither prescription was right and he asked for his money back. So last week we went back to Algondones Optical where we had gotten a good exam and good glasses five years ago. We are now completely happy with our new glasses. Thanks you Dr. Luis & staff!
Two of the major outing we took with Mark & Judie were a hike to the Peak of the Ogilby Hills and a drive over Indian Pass to the Colorado River. Our Hike took us up the eastern dry wash to the Ogilby Hills Peak, elevation 788 ft., where we took quite a few photos and signed out names in the Cache Book at the top. Our path down followed another dry wash to the south and then back to the east and north along the base of the hill.
|Chuck waiting as Mark climbs up a steep section of the trail.||C&J headed down and Mark & Judy at the base.|
The Indian Pass trail is about 7 miles to the north of us here at Ogilby. It started off as an interesting ramble through the hills and proceeded to a gnarly 4 wheel drive down the hill through the Gavilan Wash to Picacho State Rec Area and the Colorado River. We passed Picacho Peak, and then meandered through the State Rec area along the river and back to Bard, CA. We then traveled west on I8 and north to Ogilby on our 70+ mile loop.
|Picacho Peak in the background||The brilliant blue Colorado River||The winding road SE of Picacho|
The four of us enjoyed several fun games of Pegs and Jokers and many very competitive games of desert Bocci Ball. Combine that with fun Happy Hours, gorgeous sunsets, walking here in the area and several dinners together such as the Halibut in Crazy Water that Mark made for us one evening! We would like to thank Mark for sharing his delicious culinary efforts and Judy for sharing her exceptional photos with us. It’s was a fun week!