Today is a memorable day in Staddon family history. On May 11, two years ago, we were on a a family vacation (all 10 of us packed into our trusty 12 passenger van) to the Southwestern US. Today we drove from Ajo, AZ, down to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (right on the border of Mexico), and then up to Phoenix, where we spent the night at the home of some friends, the Kelley family. Below are a few of the “second best” pictures (ones we never ended up using for anything) that I pulled out of our archives.
Before leaving Ajo, I was able to get up early enough to see and shoot the sunrise. They are absolutely brilliant in the southwest! Jonathan was there too and we think he made the only sighting of a coati on the trip.
As we traveled south, the landscape looked more and more desolate as the sun rose higher in the sky . However, as seen above, the desert has a unique beauty to it, if you just get the right perspective.
I had a ton of fun taking pictures at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. However, I guess for some of us it was more miserable than memorable. A few of us were feeling pretty sick and the heat of the Arizona sun didn’t help any.
We were the only people at the park. It was very desolate. But this is one of few places in the US you can find many rare plants and animals.
One thing I remember about this day was everyone’s flexibility. We had many things planned to do at the park but for lack of time we had to cut a lot of things out. As everyone yielded their expectations, we were able to have fun in what God did allow us to do.
At the Kelley’s we had a tremendous time of fellowship (even though most of our family had never met them before.) They were very hospitable to host our whole family and they even took us for a hike up the mountain to see the city of Phoenix at night.