Why? Why not!
Why, Arizona. You just have to stop. And even though it feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, in one of the hottest deserts in the U.S., it's on the way if you're headed to see the natural wonders of Organ Pipe National Monument...or if you're escaping from the urban routines of Tucson or Phoenix and heading to the nearest beaches at Puerto Peñasco ("Rocky Point") in Mexico--a mere 3 hours and 45 minutes from Tucson, incidentally...Years ago, when the handful of local residents wanted to have their locale designated as an official place, they wanted to call it "Y," since the two highways came together in a Y-shaped intersection. State bureaucracy required all town and place names to have at least three letters--and so, "Why" was born. And then, "Why Not" came into being--the best (and only) place around to stock up on gas, drinks, and ice for trekking through the Sonoran Desert.
By Joseph Cyr, AFAR Local Expert
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230 South Sonoyta Way, Ajo, AZ 85321, USA
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