Silly me...I put this post togehter a couple of weeks ago but forgot to put it up until someone reminded me. It's "the rest of the story" about my trip down to Organ Pipe National Monument when I was out in Arizona. And yes, this story has a rifle in it.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It's easy to find, really. Just go to the most remote part of southwest Arizona, and then drive south for another seventy miles.
Kris Eggle, a Park Service ranger who was murdered here by drug smugglers twelve years ago. Because this park is still a major corridor for smugglers trying to go around the Lukeville Port of Entry on it's southeastern border, I wanted to check in with the law enforcement rangers before setting out. Predictably, I found them processing drugs from an arrest that they'd just made; this park, down on the southern border, is still pretty hot, and not just from the sun.
Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.