A Night Out In Ajo

Last night we went out on the town of Ajo. We weren’t sure which of the two restaurants we should go to. The reviews on Yelp weren’t very promising so Brian asked around town for recommendations. According to the locals, there is only one restaurant – Marcela’s. Brian asked, what about 100 Estrella Restaurant & Lounge? Well apparently the locals don’t like the owner because he wrote an article in the paper insulting the people in town.

At first we figured, go with what the locals like but then I saw a photo of the veggie pannini on yelp and Brian liked the assortment of beer at Estrella, so we headed over there. It was packed with blue hairs (aka snowbirds) and we were told it would be at least 45 minutes until we get food. The smell in the restaurant turned me off, so I was happy to head over to Marcela’s.

Marcela’s was brightly lit and really quiet in spite of it being completely packed – so that was a little weird. The food was pretty bad, but the company was good.

After dinner we headed over to the bowling alley. Here, the bar was packed but the lanes were empty. We later figured out why the bar was so popular. A round of 4 drinks cost $10.50.

A few frames into it, a couple comes out of the bar and starts heckling us from the back of the bowling alley. They were cheering for the girls and judging our form. The guy wanted to know why no one was showing Amanda how to bowl. So eventually he came down to our lane and gave her some tips. Then it was Brian’s turn to go, the lady commented “obviously he doesn’t know how to bowl.”

As they were leaving, Amanda was up again. The guy turned from the door and shouted “Hey Green Fella!” I guess because Amanda was wearing a green sweater. When I looked at him with some confusion he turned to me and said “I don’t know her name.”

2013 Cost of Camping:
6 nights paid camping
26 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $183.04
Daily average cost of camping: $5.72

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  • Reply amanda February 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Longest blog post ever! It was an awesome night out- despite the kind of gross food 🙂

  • Reply Gris Svejcar February 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! Tough crowd in Ajo!

  • Reply Kier from Oregon February 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I love the pic of your “peanut gallery/technical advisors” watching with their favorite beverage in hand!! Great slice of Americana.

  • Reply Dave February 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I love the cover photo. This post is completely awesome.

    • Reply Leigh February 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Aww thank you!!

  • Reply Rich February 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Ajo sounds a little depressing…even to, you know, blue hairs…could be any little town in America

    • Reply Brian February 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      it is – the copper mine closed in 85′ and now its a Border Patrol Town with a huge new facility a few miles outside of town.

  • Reply terrie February 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    is that pronounced Aho? that may explain things…..

    • Reply Brian February 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      you got it’s Ah-Ho (although we like to say A-Ho)

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