2021 - 2022 Trip To The Southwest 

Day 126, Twin Peaks Campground, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ, Day 3

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Wednesday, February 23, Twin Peaks Campground, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ, Day 3 - 0 Miles, 4,430.1 Miles for the Trip

Since we are suppose to have clouds tomorrow & tomorrow night, I decided to try for some star photos even with the campground lighting. The first image was taken around 8:30, and has what I believe are a bunch of Elon Musk's satellites or a slipped camera mount. Look for the vertical streaks on some of the "stars". They are easier to see in the large version of the photo. These were 20 second exposures at high ISOs (3200 - 4000). There was too much spill light to try for a star circle image.

Musk's Satellites Stars & Campground Lights

Another cool morning walk. While 4°F warmer than yesterday, more wind and no sun made it feel colder. While it threatened rain, it held off for my walk. After I got back to the trailer I put on a sweatshirt and read my usual morning forums & journals. Around 10:30 a light rain started to fall. Rain off & on for much of the morning & afternoon. Still lots of wind and no sun.

I drove to the visitor center to find out if they had an outgoing mailbox - they do; it is across the street. While there, I bought my first "T" shirt of the trip.

Back at the trailer I made lunch - a couple of microwaved White Castle sliders, and because of the dreary weather, made cocoa rather than something cold to go with them. Still raining; I even ran the thermostat up to 67°F to knock the chill off the insides of the trailer.

4:00 and we had a brief burst of sunshine. The clouds are back, but the wind died down.

Just before dinner I walked over to the bathroom. It looks like someone used the solar shower. Solar is the only source for hot water and there wasn't much today. The bathrooms are unheated and it is 47°F outside. All I can say is they are candidates for the polar bear club!

Dinner was a steak sandwich & a salad.

Until Tomorrow -


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