Photo of the church across from the Ajo plaza, taken in winter 2010. Today I am sitting outside the Oasis cafe enjoying the same view, but with a brilliant blue sky and a slight breeze. Not much has changed in Ajo since I visited last year, and not much will change in this tiny border town, I would guess. The border is tighter this year, and both Ross and I have noticed an increased presence of Border Patrol. In fact, when I took the dogs out last night before bed, I saw a Border Patrol truck cruising through the campground with a spotlight on the desert. We are surprised at the lack of tourists and snowbirds this year also. The campground is very quiet, with many spots empty. Fear? Money? Diesel prices?
My regular life continues in this perfect desert paradise...I am reading "New York: the novel" by E. Rutherford, along with some blogs available on Kindle. I'm sewing, usually handwork, and planning my spring and summer wardrobe changes. My big news is that I have picked up my drawing pencils again after setting them down years ago. Drawing fills a creative need I feel, and I am becoming interested in ways to translate my sketches into clothing I will make this spring.