Saturday, January 28, 2012

FOUND THE OLD MINING & GHOST TOWN OF SWANSEA ARIZONA

DSC_0035
SWANSEA ARIZONA
How nice to see our morning dawn with clear blue skies.  I’m thinking our neighboring Dockers may even venture out of their hovels today…..and they did:))
IMG_1710
PHEEBS ENJOYS THE MORNING SUN
Figured I’d get that whip aerial mounted on the Jeep bumper before heading out but the hole already in the bumper was a tad to small for the aerial bolt.  Wandering Willy & Ivan to the rescue again.  These guys are traveling mechanics with all the tools they carry.  WW’s Jobmate drill was low on juice but Ivan’s Black & Decker with WW’s bit in the chuck did the trick & soon the aerial was mounted & ready to rumble.  Good thing those guys are here or I would probably have mounted the aerial upside down or something.
IMG_1712
DUELING DRILLS IN THE DESERT…..WANDERING WILLY & IVAN
Bit of a late start but Kelly & I Jeeped ourselves off to Bouse.  Headed out Yellowbird road to have us a look where the Rootin Tootin Bouse gang was holed up for awhile last winter.  Can’t remember who was all laying low out there but I think some of the desperados were JANNA & MIKE, JIM & ELLIE, JOHN & BRENDA, along with MIKE & PAT.
DSC_0003
DSC_0007 DSC_0006DSC_0002 DSC_0001
HOPE THESE PICS BRING BACK SOME MEMORIES FOR YOU GUYS
From Bouse we headed off east along a winding dusty desert road through sand dunes cactus & gravel heading for the old mining & ghost town of SWANSEA Arizona. 
DSC_0008
DSC_0009 DSC_0010
A LARGE WATER AQUEDUCT CUTS THROUGH THE DESERT
DSC_5682 DSC_0011
SAND DUNES, CACTUS, OCOTILLOS & MESQUITE TREES
First 25 miles or so were fairly flat with the last 3 or 4 miles along a pretty twisty rock infested road with switchbacks and drop offs.  Love roads like that.  Great view of the valley ahead & below us.  Made our way down the steep grades until we finally spotted some buildings on the valley floor below.  We had reached Swansea.
DSC_0025
DSC_0029 DSC_0028DSC_0026 DSC_0024
DSC_0019 DSC_0016DSC_0017
One of the first things we spotted was a single white grave marker on the edge of town.  A few plastic flowers on it. 
DSC_0033
A twin line of identical buildings evenly spaced is what we had seen from afar.  These were living quarters for the miners.   BLM (Bureau of Land Management) has taken over this area & restoration has begun on these buildings and new roofs have been added to prevent the structures from deteriorating any further.  Other stone and adobe foundations with crumbling walls are still there.
DSC_0038
DSC_0037 DSC_0051DSC_0046 DSC_0052
 DSC_0044 DSC_0040 DSC_0043
MINER’S QUARTERS
The seemingly bottomless straight down mineshafts scattered around the mining property are covered by huge steel grates to prevent man or beast from tumbling into any abyss.  This must have been quite a mining operation at one time back in the early 1900’s.  Definitely a real bee hive of activity judging from the ruins spread out over a large area.
DSC_0069
DSC_0064 DSC_0056
DSC_0065 DSC_0059
DSC_0057
LARGE STEEL WALKABLE GRATES COVERED THE MINE SHAFTS
I was aware of our gas gauge showing a little on the low side so figured we had better work our way back up out of the valley the same way we came.  Could have taken a second alternate desert road back to Bouse but figured we had better not chance it.  Noticed on one of the reader boards a map which showed another road heading towards Parker so that was our destination.
DSC_0080
DSC_0055 DSC_0073DSC_0074 DSC_0066DSC_5684  DSC_0053DSC_0062
FOREGROUND WAS THE MINE’S ASSAY OFFICE BUILDING
DSC_0083
HELLO TO THE FRIENDLY FOLKS IN THE WHITE SUV
A fast 35 minute hot rod ride through the desert took us from the quiet remote & hidden ruins of Swansea right into the crush of a Saturday afternoon in a Parker Walmart store.  Geeeezzzz, now how the hell did that happen!!
DSC_0088 
Only my second time in Parker but I have taken a liking to the little town.  I, like many others, love Palm trees so anywhere with Palm trees is a good place in my books.  First stop was for gas followed by a short bump & grind 20 minute Walmart stop.  People just seem to get crazy when they have a shopping cart in their hands.
IMG_1715
Wandering Willy is a Chalupa hound.  When he & Kelly went to Parker a few days ago they stopped at Taco Bell for lunch & WW introduced Kelly to Chalupas.  They don’t make Chalupa’s in Canada & Kelly liked them.  Brought one home for me to try & I actually survived the Mexican flavored experience.  So much so that we headed right into Taco Bell this afternoon & ordered 4 of the darned things.  Didn’t take me long to ka-chomp down my Chalupas:))
IMG_1720
IMG_1717 IMG_1719
We were late getting back this afternoon but I did make it in time for…..Happy Hour:))  Ivan & WW had my chair dusted off & we weren’t long getting into the whimsical topics of the day.  I enjoy my time with these two seasoned Dockers simply because we have a lot in common & our conversations pertain to each other’s interests.
DSC_5685
Nearly 6 o’clock before coming in so I was really behind the 8 ball to churn out a blog tonight before becoming unconscious for 5 or 6 hours.  Usually I kind of poke away at the keyboard during the day slowly adding bits & bites to the blog.  But, not today.  Well, better go edit me the 100+ photos from today……….zzzzzzzzzzz.
DSC_0068
DSC_0063
NARROW ROAD WITH STEEP DROP OFFS….GROOVY:))
Our medical center back home in Goderich Ontario phoned a few days ago.  After receiving my Tucson Hospital medical report my Nurse Practitioner/Doctor has scheduled an appointment for me with a Urologist on April 10th.  Let the good times roll eh:((
DSC_0053
THIS WAS THE GENERAL STORE
MARIANNE EDWARDS joins us today as our latest Blog Follower.  Thanks for dropping by Marianne & welcome aboard.
DSC_5678
DSC_5679
DSC_5680-1
DSC_5681
GROANER’S CORNER:((  A foreman of a factory was making his rounds inspecting how all of the workers were doing their jobs. “Well” he said to one blond worker, “I see you are doing a very diligent job stamping all of the boxes ‘THIS SIDE UP’. “Yes” the worker replied, eager to please, “and just to be extra sure I stamped the bottom also!”
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
-Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
BAYFIELD BUNCH PHOTO ALBUMS https://picasaweb.google.com/117858411710794543295
The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of
right  now...AL.
If one's thoughts are positive about the landscape, one's eyes will appreciate what they see......AL.
stargeezerguy@gmail.com

13 comments:

  1. another great day for a jeep tour!..have we told you lately how lucky you are?..blue skies and sunshine!!!..we had snow today!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for taking us along on the desert tour we had a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  3. LOVED LOVED the great photos of the Hawk..I gotta read up on shutter speeds, so says McGyver...Glad you have an appt. waiting at home..

    ReplyDelete
  4. Blue skies and sunshine photos compensate for our weather in Chilliwack - another inch of snow here.
    What kind of mine was Swansea?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Way too many pictures. Over 50 of them and many the same. Kills my wifi and can’t wait for them all to load. Is this really necessary?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great hawk pic, and I hope to visit some ghost towns this year.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Anonymous is prolly the only person in the world who thinks you post too many photographs (NOT pictures!) I love the way you see us your world thru your lens and thru your heart! Chuck and I made it home safely and I just caught up on all your blogs! LOVE them all! Geri

    ReplyDelete
  8. ooops, meant I love the way you SHOW us your world..........

    ReplyDelete
  9. Al enjoying a Happy Hour chat - now that's something new! Glad you and Kelly are having a such a good time with your Docker friends. Loved the photos, especially the hawk sequence.(and of course the photo of Pheebs in the sun)

    ReplyDelete
  10. that pic of pheebes is amazing what a dear darling dog she is....love all your pics and you don't post too many....great to have docker friends with the same interests close by...have a super week

    ReplyDelete
  11. Al, we have been through Bouse a couple of times, and the town of Swansea has lingered as a target for someday. Thanks for the tour! Suzy's new campaign is going to allow us to do more of that kind of exploring after a few months, so we'll keep it in mind.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Photos are why I follow your Blog .... and of course your writing, wit and not to mention groaner's.

    My Husband reckons Blondes are high achievers to compensate for all the jokes so keep it up.

    Blessings

    ReplyDelete