Okay so where the heck are we anyway?? Well let me see now……we’re in Arizona’s Cochise County with Sierra Vista 20 minutes to the west, Tombstone about 20 minutes northeast, Bisbee 20 minutes southeast and the Mexican border maybe 25 minutes due south. All estimated times of course.
I’M THINKING THIS WASH HEADING FOR THE SAN PEDRO RIVER MAY HAVE IT’S ORIGIN IN THE DISTANT MULE MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE BACKGROUND
A LOT OF PRICKLY MESQUITE TREES IN THIS AREA ALONG THE WASH
ONE HAS TO ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WALKING ON ANKLE TWISTING ROCKS
And where is it we’re parked?? At the moment we are parked at friends of ours who we met through the RV Net Forum way back in January 2009 when we came to this area for the very first time. (here’s a link to one of the days Roy Rogers) Our friends names are Pat and Nancy who by the way are also RV boon-dockers who sometimes travel in their Casita travel trailer. I wrote in one of my posts years ago about how because of the Bayfield Bunch these folks left California and came here to this area of Cochise County, bought a 10 acre piece of property and built a new house. All solar powered I may add. It’s a story of coincidences and I will try to find that post which will explain the series of events which landed these fine folks right here where we are parked for the next week or so.
NANCY AND PAT’S HOUSE ON THE LEFT AND US ON THE RIGHT
Now, why are we here?? Readers may remember Kelly’s brother Peter and wife Leslie coming to visit us in Congress during January for the past 3 years. They are from Webster New York and Arizona has grown on them. Wanting to return again this January they expressed an interest in seeing southeastern Arizona where Kelly and did some ranch sitting for a few years in our early travel days. ‘Walla’ we’ve been wanting to return to this memorable area for the last few areas anyway so a plan quickly came together. Peter and Leslie are flying into Phoenix Friday morning then with a rental car are coming down here to Sierra Vista where they will stay at the Fairfield Inn.
BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE RAIN HEADED OUR WAY WE MAY MOVE THE MOTORHOME HERE TO THIS OLD BUT FIRMER STRETCH OF ROAD ON PAT AND NANCY’S PROPERTY
We haven’t firmed up any plans on just where we will be going or what we will be seeing yet but along with Sierra Vista we’ll likely be driving up to Coronado Peak in the Huachucas and slipping down the other side along the Mexican border then north to Parker Lake. Tombstone, Bisbee, and some of the true ghost towns like Fairfield, Gleeson and Pearce. We’ll maybe do the Middle March road through the Dragoon Mountains, the Chiricahua Monument, and maybe Fort Bowie. We hope to get up and over the Chiricahua Mountains and down the other side to Portal near the New Mexico State line. Rucker Canyon, old Fort Rucker, and the Mary Kidder Rak homestead are on the agenda as well. Might get over to the Whitewater Draw near McNeal too.
NANCY TOLD US A FEW YEARS AGO THE WASH BEHIND THEIR PLACE WAS POPULAR WITH ILLEGALS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER…..ON OUR WALK THIS MORNING WE FOUND EVIDENCE OF THAT
DISCARDED BACKPACKS, WATER BOTTLES, PIECES OF CLOTHING ETC.
IT IS ALARMING THE NUMBER OF BODIES FOUND EACH YEAR AND ALTHOUGH THIS AT FIRST LOOKED LIKE THAT IT WAS ONLY A BLUE JEAN JACKET
We arrived at Nancy and Pat’s place about mid afternoon Wednesday and for the moment we are parked near their house but with a good chance of a 2 day rain coming up on the week-end we may move a short distance away on their property where the ground is firmer with less chance of mud. Desert mud in this area is like gumbo and sticks to shoes and paws like cement. Because of our higher altitude now in southeastern Arizona (4200’) our night’s are much colder so we’re probably going to have to slip the rig into Sierra Vista to top up our propane tank. By the way Nancy and Pat had us in Wednesday night for a delicious BBQ chicken dinner with a great cheese and onion laced scalloped potato dish:))
WITH RAIN IN THE FORECAST WE MAY RE-LOCATE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY TO THIS OLD FIRMER ROAD BED
Generally after a travel day we like to have a relaxation day but neither one of us felt much like relaxing so with Pheebs anxious to get rolling we all piled into the Jeep and headed into Sierra Vista. The traffic reminded a bit of Sarasota Florida but only maybe half as bad. Wanting to know where Leslie and Peter would be staying we first located the Fairfield Inn. Great location just steps from a handy indoor mall complete with movie theaters, eateries, Sears, Best Buy, Dilliards etc. Appleby’s, Texas Roadhouse, and more.
Stopped into a place called Schlotzsky's for a sandwich then slipped over to the big Fry’s Supermarket for a few things. Been a few years since we been in there and they must have changed the store around because I couldn’t seem to connect on one single memory of it. The store looked different than what I remembered. I really like the spot lighting they use to display their natural health food section. Kelly picked up a few things while I walked around the store looking at all the really neat-o colors.
A COUPLE PIGEONS HANGING OUT IN FRYS PARKING LOT
Wanting to touch base with a few old memories we headed out the Charleston Road towards Tombstone reminiscing about our time boon-docking on a scenic slab of cement there for a week one time. Great memories of our search for the old ghost towns of Charleston and Millville. Our times in Tombstone as well.
WITH ALL THE SHOOTING GOING ON IN TOMBSTONE I DID A BUNCH OF DRIVE-BY SHOOTING MYSELF
We will be back here next week with Peter and Leslie.
SEEN ON THE STREETS OF TOMBSTONE ARIZONA TODAY LOOKING FOR A THRIFT STORE
NOT ALL OF TOMBSTONE’S OLDTIMERS ARE BURIED IN BOOT HILL
WHAT WOULD TOMBSTONE BE WITHOUT IT’S TOMBSTONES EH
From Tombstone we headed south down highway 80 to the junction of highway 90 and turned right for Sierra Vista. Wasn’t long and we were back to Nancy and Pat’s place and that was it for our day’s outing. Very windy here so we kinda hung out inside. Things will begin to ramp up for us Friday and we should have us a busy week coming up.
LOOKING SOUTH TO NACO PEAK IN MEXICO TONIGHT
From our current location east of Sierra Vista we have a very much most beautiful view of the city by night.
WAITING FOR DARKNESS TO DESCEND
SUNSET OVER THE HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS TONIGHT
LIGHTS OF SIERRA VISTA ARE SLOWLY BEGINNING TO TWINKLE ON AS THE PLANET VENUS HANGS BRIGHTLY IN THE EVENING SKY
PINPOINTS OF LIGHT ON THE SIDE OF THE HUACHUCAS
THESE TIME EXPOSURES SHOW A LONG STRING OF WHITE CAR HEADLIGHTS DRIVING EAST OUT OF SIERRA VISTA ON HIGHWAY 90
GROANER’S CORNER:(( As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane. When they checked their baggage, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons. "Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?" she asked. "No, thanks," replied the vultures. "They're carrion."
= I hate used car dealers. They can be so over sell us.
- What do you call an Arab bodybuilder? A protein sheikh.
Wife texts husband on a cold winter morning: "Windows frozen, won't open."Husband texts back: "Gently pour some lukewarm water over it and then gently tap edges with hammer." Wife texts back 10 minutes later: "Computer really messed up now."
There was a barber who paid close attention at his parish whenever the topic of evangelization was discussed. He thought he should be doing more to share his faith with his customers.The next morning the barber told the Lord in prayer, “Today I’m going to witness to the first customer who walks through my door.”A man came in as he opened his shop and said, “I need a shave.” The barber said, “Yes sir! Just have a seat and I’ll be right with you.” The barber went in the back and prayed a quick prayer saying, “Lord, the first customer just came in and I’m going to witness to him. Give me the wisdom to know just the right thing to say. Amen.”Then the barber came out with his straight razor in one hand and a Bible in the other and told his customer, “I have a question for you: Are you read to meet your Maker?”
You will be having a very busy time, so best relax a bit and get ready for all that busy fun stuff.ReplyDelete
They are so lucky to have a tour guide like you. Have a great time!ReplyDelete
Al, Long time follower,Best Bakery in the West, Bread Basket 355 W.Wilcox Dr. Sierra Vista, Az 520-458-8580, Great German Food for lunch 6:00am to 5:00pm M-F. Happy Trails, Roger SchneiderReplyDelete
Wow! You guys are having TOO MUCH FUN!ReplyDelete
Loved Tombstone,but I'm sure it has changes as it has been 25 years since we were there...and we didn't have an RV then. That is a totally different area than around Ajo, for sure!! Enjoy the visit!!ReplyDelete
Those night photos of the sunset and the town of Sierra Vista are wonderful. Hope you didn't freeze taking them.ReplyDelete
Awesome blog Al! You are making want to come to Cochise County again. I went there five years ago because of your earlier days there back when you "ranch-sitted" for your friends and you posted all those blogs of that period. Thanks for sharing once again.ReplyDelete
Check out Kartchner Caverns and the Biosphere 2. Geez, I miss living in AZ.ReplyDelete
Been to the Kartchner Caverns but not the Biosphere 2ReplyDelete
I sure am enjoying all your photos and writing since you two/three hit the road again. Great shots today, especially that garbagey stuff on the desert floor. I always take photos like that, but don't post them. Garbage in the desert fascinates me and repels me at the same time, but it is such a great photo subject of the natural world and the stuff we leave behind.ReplyDelete