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Traveled to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to celebrate Easter with twenty friends.  We camped, hiked, enjoyed a camp happy-hour; and gathered around the fire pit for nightly conversations. We welcomed Easter morning with the annual, magnificent, and scrumptious breakfast pot-luck: Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, chorizo, potatoes, assorted fresh fruit, bagels, assorted juices, a variety of breads, muffins, including homemade pear and plum preserves, cream cheese, and butter.

A friend has organized this Easter event for the past 17 years.  YES, she has organized this event for 17 years!

Following are photos I captured from the weekend.


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Turkey Vulture circling the campground

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The bubble-man was here

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A view of the desert through the Victoria Mine cabin windows

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A hike to the Lost Cabin Mine brought us to these abandoned shoes; migrants?

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Another pair of abandoned shoes not too far from where we spotted the first pair; migrants?

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Teddy Bear Cholla flower

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Teddy Bear Cholla

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Flowering Ocotillo

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What is remaining of the Victoria Mine area

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Remnant from the Victoria Mine

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Hiking to Victoria Mine

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Ocotillo in bloom

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