Western Arizona, Part 2
Thanks to the confluence of open desert, a bombing
range, several government agencies who may or may not talk to
each other that much, the drug smugglers often operate in convoy.
It is not unusual to discover strings of drug laden vehicles racing
northwards from the environs of San Luis, Sonora and through the
bombing range toward the major Arizona highway just a few miles
north. Doing all of this high speed driving can be dangerous so
the smugglers even do it in broad daylight.
This major smuggling basin -- between the Colorado
River and the low gray line of nearby mountains -- is blocked
at each end by U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints.
checkpoint at the eastern side of the valley has been placed just
as you start to climb the low granite peaks -- thus blocking off
vehicular traffic trying to circumvent the checkpoint.
you approach the checkpoint the whurr of the huge outdoor air
conditioning unit is an impressive change to the sound of your
While the Campbells
Port-a-Cool only drops the local air temperature about 20
degrees, when it is 135 in the shade, 115 seems absolutely balmy.