|Pedestrian fencing dividing Sonora, Mexico and Organ Pipes National Monument|
But the story he shared with me sealed the deal. While he was camping there, the host woke up one morning to find an old man, fragile and thin, sitting on his patio chair. "The man was kind and polite...just needing a safe place to rest. He was from Guatemala, (a beloved country to Imkelina and her family), seeking a better life for him and his family. As there were so many US Border Agent patrolling the roads, this camper was surprised he had made it to Organ Pipe Cactus undiscovered." As of the result of this brief conversation, I knew I wanted to see this place, to help me grasp the risks and hardships that these "illegal refugees" endure to behold a glimmer of hope. When we were there, seeing the borderland, which in reality is a very daunting landscape, we were able to comprehend the desperation and despair that forces one to survive...for this great migration to see OZ is anything but painless and safe.
|Crested Organ Pipe|
|2.6 mile Palo Verde Trail to Visitor Center|
|1.2 mile Desert View Nature Trail|
|Vista of Desert View Nature Trail|
|Alamo Canyon Trail Views|
|1.8 mile Alamo Canyon Trail|
|historic corral Alamo Canyon Trail|
We experienced some beautiful sunsets and remarkable silhouettes through the moonlit nights. And although we had a little too much moonlight, they say the night skies here offer a true spectacle...you will witness the stars at peace, drifting slowly through the darkness and into our deepest being.
Alas, there may be a day when the human race will be able to hear the pleas of our land...to cherish, protect and share. No boundaries, No Wall, no rules, no violations