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The old tumbling down Adobe walls along the San Pedro river in the heavy Mesquite underbrush of Charleston Arizona marks the spot of a long dead ghost town. A few miles up the road is the bustling main street of a town very much alive.....Tombstone. And in the same general area are two other little western towns in various states of.....dead or alive.
FAIRBANK, Arizona was once a bee hive of activity along the banks of the San Pedro river complete with a busy 3 line railway stop, post office, saloon, general store, a school, & all the other buildings & business's that once made for a rootin tootin lively little western town. The people are long gone now, the school has been restored, the remains of the old saloon, post office & store are fenced off for safety purposes & an old sign hangs on a sun drenched withered wooden building telling you to.....beware of rattlesnakes!! We walked around the remains of Fairbank & it's old forgotten cemetery half a mile away on a craggy rock strewn hill back in March of 08 & you can read our blog of that day HERE & see our photos, HERE.
PEARCE, Arizona was another typical tough little western mining town back in it's day & a few of it's buildings are still somewhat alive. You can drive right into the town. Gold was discovered nearby in the 1800's which resulted in a stampede of people from Tombstone. Pearce's old mining remains are still very visible high atop a rocky outcrop southeast of town. The lady in Pearce's OLD PEARCE POTTERY STORE on the southeast side of the intersection is very knowledgeable about the town's history. My blog for our visit to Pearce is HERE & my photos of the town & cemetery are HERE.
We will be returning to this ghost town area of Cochise county late next month when we head back to, 'The Ranch.' We will once again be ranch sitting for RV friends Jeanie & Ray while they head off on a 3 week cruise with friends Rosanna & her Mother, Carol from the Paws & Hooves Ranch which we visited last March. I will blog about & post some photos about our 7 week ranch sitting job & the Paws & Hooves gang earlier this year in a later blog. And I will get Sergeant John & his Hudson Hornets in there too:))
Picasa 3 has just released it's 3.5 version & I downloaded it last night. Biggest advance is in the 'face recognition department.' For you folks who take a lot of people photos this is probably a good thing. You can read about & download it here. PICASA 3.5
Last night's video is only the 3rd video I've ever put in the blog in the past 2 years so just want to assure our 'air card' readers that it is not something I make a habit of. We use an air card while traveling as well so know the frustration involved in watching those precious Gigabytes been chewed. A Verizon store manager in Casa Grande, Arizona last winter told us he figured because of the evolving technology that Verizon would be taking the cap off the 5 Gigglebyte limit sometime this winter but I'm a little skeptical of that!!
Loaded up Max & Checkers this morning & we took the big wheels for drive up to Wal-Mart in Goderich & back. I was lucky enough to get myself smartened up this time & stay with the rig while the engine was running. Three weeks ago I started it up in the driveway, forgot about it & left it running for nearly 5 hours. In my world, some days just aren't quite as forgetful as others....sometimes:((
GROANER’S CORNER:)) To-day I have an original groaner written by myself. But, not to worry. I won’t make this a habit. SANDRA over at the Nightly News had mentioned seeing spider webs a few days ago on her walk & that reminded me of something. I wrote this following piece back in 1969 & it is called:
INCIDENT IN A FOREST
The spider spun his silken vines
Back and forth in magical lines.
First he went up then he went down
Then he came back and went all around.
Soon it was done and paused in the breeze
Enchantingly silent among the still trees.
The night passed on and gave way to the sun
But the spiders work wasn't quite done
For a passing fly in all innocence flew
Straight into the web & mornings still dew.
The spider advanced with caution and stealth
To claim his victim of bountiful wealth.
The fly in desperation struggled but knew
That for him this was his final adieu.
A struggle ensued in the morning light
A struggle that lasted on into the night.
First they went up then they went down,
Then they came back and went all around
Finally it was done and they paused in the breeze
Locked in death among the still trees.
Al Bossence 1969
So there ya go……..told ya it was a GROANER!!
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