I remembered seeing Bates Well Ranch on the Organ Pipe Cactus NM map, so I thought I would head the back way into the NM today by following Darby Well Road to Bates Well Road.
We were in the Jeep at noon heading west after I had texted Dolly telling her to call for help if I wasn't back in time for Gold Rush tonight. I also sent her this map so she could tell my rescuers where I had gone. You can click on to enlarge.
The road to the ranch was not too rough but boy was it dusty. Soon I had the good old Arizona dust everywhere inside the Jeep. Not far ahead is a Border Patrol truck that passed me by. Only one I'll see till the end of the day.
It wasn't long before we were on Bates Well Road and at the entrance to the NM. At this point there are some forms to fill out and either write down your Senior Pass number or make a payment and put it in a metal box. The Bates Mountains are off in the distance as I begin my travels today through the Growler Valley.
Not much of a home.
We went inside and took a look around. Not much left but a sink and stove and cabinets. Two rooms. Click on any picture to enlarge.
There were a number of outbuildings and cattle corrals on the ranch. Also, there were three windmills so there must be water here.
This windmill was missing the top and
As I was finishing up my walkabout (Oh no, I'm beginning to speak Canadian like George.) Yuma started barking and we met this character. His name was Phillip and he was also staying in a trailer near my place. And boy, was he a yarn spinner.
He was from Boston and had the accent to prove it. We stood in the parking area for over an hour talking. Finally, Yuma started barking telling me it was time to move on. (I taught him to do that to get out of situations like this.:))
Phillip did tell me that if I continued on the Bates Well Road west it would eventually lead to Yuma. Or I could make a left at the one intersection and head south toward the Mexico border. This would eventually lead me through Pozo Nuevo and to highway 85. Then I could head back home on a blacktop. It was 3 o'clock now so I had best get going. Do not want to be out here after dark.
This post has gone on long enough. I will save the remaining pictures for the rest of the journey through the desert till tomorrow.
See you later.