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IMAGES OF ARIZONA

March 7, 2011

 

Song: "Cielito Lindo" sung by The Sons of the Pioneers.

 

  Border Patrol

  Canal

  Colorado River

  Dentists

  Los Algodones [Vicente Guerrero], Baja California, Mexico

  Market

  Mexican Fence

  Mexican Flag

  Mexican Soldiers

  Sand Dunes (Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area)

  Standing in Line for US Customs

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Sand Dunes (Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area)

        The Algodones Dunes is a large sand dune field located in the SE portion of California, near the border with Arizona and the Mexican state of Baja California. The field is approximately 72 k. long by 10 k. wide (45 by 6 mi.) and extends along a northwest-southeast line because of the prevailing winds. "Algodones Dunes" refers to the entire geographic feature, while the administrative designation for that portion managed by the Bureau of Land Management is the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (sometimes called the Glamis Dunes).

        The Algodones Dunes are split into many different sections. These sections include Glamis, Gordon's Well, Buttercup, Midway, and Patton's Valley. The section we visited is the Glamis section, about six miles west of Yuma. The All-American Canal cuts across the southern portion from west to east and the Coachella Canal on the western edge.

        In 1915 Colonel Ed Fletcher built a wooden plank road across the dunes to prove that cars could cross the dunes and to connect San Diego with Yuma, Arizona. This trail eventually became part of Interstate 8.

        During World War II, the U.S. military conducted desert warfare training on the dunes, which were part of the California-Arizona Maneuver Area. People have been driving on the dunes for recreation almost since vehicles first reached the area.  The site's large sand dunes are a preferred terrain for many off-road vehicle owners. Motorcycles, sandrails, ATVs, and 4-wheel-drive vehicles are commonly driven across the dunes. (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The wind was strong and the sand blew like dust.

These dunes were the setting for movies such as "The Lost Patrol", "Road to Zanzibar", "Flight of the Phoenix", "Resident Evil" and "Star Wars (Return of the Jedi)",

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Mexican Fence (Border Fence)

The Mexican government is under assault from rival drug cartels; murder and kidnapping rates are skyrocketing, which has resulted in criminals crossing the border into the United States. According to what I heard, drug-related violent crime and kidnapping by Mexicans in Arizona continues to rise at an alarming rate. Closing the border attempts to keep these criminals out of the U.S. Also, the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants increases the cost of providing education, health care and public safety. According to USA Today, illegal immigrants are straining the nation's hospital systems due to unpaid emergency room care.  On the other hand, the fence and its maintenance is costing plenty, too.

 

On the horizon the Mexican Fence is visible as it is in most of southern Arizona.

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Ever vigilant Border Patrol

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Border Patrol (CPB)

The Border Patrol was much in evidence with their white vehicles and green doors. We were stopped several times and checked out, sometimes with dogs. Most of the officers were young, fit and alert - as were the dogs! Due to the hardening of the southwest U.S. border through increases in manpower, infrastructure and technology, as well as changes by cartels and criminal organizations, illegal traffic has shifted to move through the Arizona/Sonora corridor. To address this, CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and its partners have adjusted tactics and reinvigorated efforts to ensure the area's safety and security. The region's challenges include vast and rugged geography ranging from harsh desert to mountainous terrain but additional Border Patrol agents, sensors, cameras, mobile surveillance systems and other technology, and the establishment of an unprecedented partnership with state, local, federal and tribal partners will unify operations and better address the complex challenges in securing this area of the border. (See www.cbp.gov)

 

 

Border Patrol visible everywhere

 

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Either the All-American or the Coachella Canal  

 

Either the All-American or the Coachella Canal  

 

Either the All-American or the Coachella Canal  

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Either the All-American or the Coachella Canal  

 

 

 

 

Los Algodones [Vicente Guerrero], Baja California, Mexico


Los Algodones, Baja California, is a small Mexican town (pop. 5000) located on the extreme NE tip of the municipality of Mexicali, approximately 16 km (10 miles) west of Yuma, Arizona, USA. Its official name is Vicente Guerrero, although most people use Algodones when referring to it. Los Algodones is the northernmost town in Mexico, and at its NE tip is the northernmost point in Mexico. Situated near the borders of both SE California and SW Arizona, Los Algodones has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years due in part to inexpensive shopping, restaurants, medical & dental care and prescription medicines. From the US side, Los Algodones is most easily reached via Interstate 8 and south a short distance (3.33 Km / 2.07 mi) along State Route 186/Andrade Road to the international border at Andrade, California. From Andrade, visitors can elect to park their vehicles for a small fee and walk across the border or to drive across.
 

The Spanish word "algodones" translates to the English word "cotton", referring to the plant, not the fiber.

 

The canal again

 

Irony

 

 

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In the market

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What is left of the mighty Colorado after all the canals have had their share.

 

Waiting in line to go through American customs on the way home.

 

A quick look behind as we stand in line.

 

Still in line half an hour later.

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Bougainvillea

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A closer look at the street as we wait in line.

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Standing in line, waiting to go through US Customs, we spoke to a man from a northern state who had come all this way for dental work. He had just had 2 teeth extracted, a couple of fillings and prep work for 4 crowns all for $1500USD. He would come back next day to have the crowns put on. For the money he saved by having the dental work done in Mexico instead of his home town, he paid for his holiday.

 

 

 

We were shaded by a long canopy as we waited in line for Customs.

 

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Soldier's camouflage uniforms blend into the sand dunes.

 

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We finally walk into the Customs office.

 

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On the way home to Wellton, the dust storm misted over those clean blue Arizona horizons.

 

 

 

 

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