Petrified Forest National Park

Holbrook, AZ

Our next move was a short one, only about 30 miles from Winslow to Holbrook, AZ.  But since we planned to make a couple of visits to Petrified Forest National Park before continuing east, it made more since to move closer to the park.  Based on Jodee’s recommendation (On the Road Abode) we are staying in OK RV Park.  It’s one of those parks where you park next to your neighbors, who pull through in the opposite direction.  We don’t usually like this kind of situation but the sites are so long that your neighbor is  a comfortable distance behind you.

After setting up we took a five minute tour of the town of Holbrook.  It only took that long because the town is small and there is little to see.  The next morning we headed east about 30 miles for our first visit to Petrified Forest NP.

The park is accessed and explored by a 28 mile long road that runs north/south, with entrances at either end.  We drove southeast of Holbrook on US-180 and entered the park through the south gate.  Just inside the gate is the Rainbow Forest Museum/Visitor Center where we watched a well-done 18 minute video that explained the process of petrification of wood and the evolution of the landscape of the park.  Right behind the museum is a short series of trails through an area called Giant Logs.  The area is filled with pieces of petrified wood of various sizes and lengths.

Giant Logs Trail area

Highest point on the Giant Logs Trail

We left the Jeep in the museum parking lot and walked about a quarter mile up the road to the beginning of the Long Logs and Agate House Trail.

This 2.6 mile trail goes through an area of long petrified logs and a pueblo constructed of petrified wood.

View from the Long Logs area

One of the numerous “long logs” in the area

The Agate House Pueblo in the distance

The eight room pueblo, built entirely of petrified wood, has been dated to approximately the year 900 and occupied through 1200. The agatized wood (wood petrified with agate) was laid in a clay mortar, instead of the more usual sandstone-and-mortar masonry of the area.  The ruins of Agate House were reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-34.

We returned to the Jeep and continued driving north through the park.  Our next stop was for a look at the Agate Bridge, located just a few feet from the park road.  Centuries of scouring floodwaters washed out a gully beneath this 110-foot long petrified log and formed a natural bridge. The petrified log, harder than the sandstone around it, resisted erosion and remained suspended as the softer rock beneath it washed away.

Early visitors to the park felt the bridge needed architectural support and in 1911 erected masonry pillars beneath the log.  In 1917 the present concrete span replaced the masonry work.  Current National Park Service philosophy allows the natural forces that create unusual features to continue, so if discovered today Agate Bridge would be left in its natural state.

Our next stop was to an area called Blue Mesa.  From a parking area on top of the mesa a one mile trail drops steeply down and makes a loop through badland hills of bluish bentonite clay and pieces of petrified wood.

Looking down from the mesa (trail is on the right)

Heading steeply down

Hiking the loop at the bottom

The same trail is steeper on the way back up!

Back on top of the mesa there is a viewing area where you can look down to the loop trail.  A display board there has an interesting story that caught our attention.  It describes a man who visited the spot as a boy, then returned to the same place 50 years later with his grandchildren.

He had a photo taken by his parents on his first visit.  Using the photo, he was able to find the same exact spot and had a new photo taken, 50 years later!

Our final stop of the day was at the Puerco Pueblo.  A paved walk takes you through the remains of a hundred room pueblo occupied by the ancestral Puebloan people over 600 years ago.

The short, paved trail loops around the ruins and along the edge overlooking a dry wash.  The rocks below are filled with Indian artwork.  One display board shows a picture of a White Faced Ibis with a rock carving below it.

There are a number of different explanations as to what the bird is holding but the most logical is that it is a frog, since an Ibis eats frogs.

Contemporary indigenous people have identified the stairs-like symbol below as a migratory image.

The images below depict circular faces on a dark rock surface.  Modern groups identify these as Kachinas, or spirit beings in Pueblo religion and cosmology.

Throughout the Southwest, some petroglyphs (images carved into a rock surface) and pictographs (images painted onto a rock surface) have been found to mark astronomical events during the year, such as the summer solstice, winter solstice, and both spring and fall equinoxes. One such petroglyph can be easily viewed at Puerco Pueblo. For about two weeks around June 21, an interaction of light and shadow passes across the rings of this small, circular design as the sun rises.

Summer has arrived

The circle without a beam of light

There are more interesting places to explore in this park, so we’ll return tomorrow entering from the north.  More on that later . . .

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A Visit to Winslow, AZ

Winslow, AZ

We left the tight confines of the Flagstaff KOA on Friday and enjoyed a nice, easy drive of about 50 miles to Winslow, AZ where we quickly set up in a nice, open site at Homolovi State Park.

Site 12 at Homolovi State Park

As we finished eating a light lunch, a Jeep towing a four-wheeler stopped next to us followed by a truck pulling a large 5th wheel.  We were not surprised, as we knew Jim and Barb (Jim and Barb’s RV Adventure) were going to be in the same park that day.

Barb, Jim, Dakota, and Daisy

The dogs were quite excited to finally meet the treat lady.  The three are now friends for life!

Our purpose for stopping here is to visit the Homolovi Ruins, four archaeological pueblo ruins built by various prehistoric people between approximately 1260-1400. This fertile area is on a floodplain of the Little Colorado River, and the inhabitants grew cotton, corn, beans, and squash.

The sites are numbered and only two are accessible to visitors.  Our first visit was to Homolovi II Ruin.

This site has a number of excavated rooms that were part of a village with approximately 1200 rooms that was home to up to 1000 people.

Large Kiva – a chamber used for religious rites.

While the site has been picked clean of large objects by souvenir hunters over the years, it is covered with small shards, some with decorative paint visible.

That evening we joined Jim and Barb for dinner at a small Mexican restaurant in Winslow.  Of course, we had to make a stop at the intersection of 2nd Street and Kinsley Ave. to check out Standin’ On the Corner Park.

Everyone knows the words in the Eagles 1972 hit Take it Easy that refer to a guy standing on the corner in Winslow.  Most of the song was written by singer/songwriter Jackson Browne.  His friend and then-neighbor, Glenn Frey, had heard an early version and later asked Browne about it.  Browne then played the unfinished second verse that begins with “Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…”, and Frey finished the verse with “It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”  Browne was very happy with the result and suggested that they co-write the song.  The resulting song became the first track on the Eagles’ debut album and was released as their first single.

Apparently the flat bed Ford incident took place in Flagstaff, at the Der Wienerschnitzel (now the Dog Haus) at the corner of East Rte. 66 and Switzer Canyon.   According to Browne, a girl cruised by in a Toyota pickup and looked at him and the image stuck with him.  Browne had told Frey about the girl in the truck, and Frey then used the incident to add the line about the girl to the song.

There are two statues located on the corner.  One statue stands near a lamp post, the male figure securing an acoustic guitar between his right hand and the shoe of his right foot.  Some say the figure resembles Jackson Browne, but there is no official acknowledgement of that.

Last September a life-sized statue of Glenn Frey, who died the previous January, was added to the Standin’ on the Corner Park to honor his songwriting contributions to “Take It Easy”.

Glenn Frey statue

The next afternoon we drove north of the park about 10 miles for a visit to the Little Painted Desert County Park.

The sign needs a little work!

This isn’t much of a park, more an overlook with a couple of picnic tables.  But the views on the short road running along the rim of the painted desert are quite impressive.

That afternoon Pam drove a short distance from the campground to check out Homolovi I Ruin and look at more pottery shards.

Nearby Little Colorado River

Although the structures are not as defined as the other site, pottery shards are plentiful.

A leg to a pot

Today (Sunday) we moved just 30 miles east to Holbrook, AZ where we’ll be staying for a few days to explore the nearby Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.

More on that later . . .

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National Monuments near Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff, AZ

We left White Tank (near Phoenix) Wednesday morning and drove north about 150 miles to the city of Flagstaff.  The drive up I-17 is quite interesting, with an elevation change of almost 6,000 feet making for significant changes in scenery and temperatures.

Approaching Flagstaff with the San Francisco Peaks in the distance

The selection of full hook-up RV parks is limited in Flagstaff, so we took a site in the Flagstaff KOA.  A typical KOA, this park is crowded and over-priced.  But it is perfect for a two night stay to allow us to visit two national monuments located in this area.  Our first visit was to Walnut Canyon National Monument, located just a few miles east of Flagstaff.

Walnut Canyon NM Visitor Center

Not a good sign

Great view of the San Francisco Peaks from the Visitor Center

The rim of Walnut Canyon is at an elevation of 6,690 ft. while the canyon’s floor is 350 ft. lower.  A 0.9 mi long loop trail descends 185 ft. into the canyon, passing 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua, a pre-Columbian cultural group that lived in Walnut Canyon from about 1100 to 1250 CE.  To get to the ruins you have to go down a paved path with about 350 steps.  We forgot to get a good picture of the steps so we did a Google images search and found a good one.  Looking closely at the guy going down the steps we quickly recognized him.  It’s our friend, Steve, from Lowe’s RV Adventure!  Thanks Steve and Mona Liza for the great photo!  Keep checking the mail for your royalty check.

Long years of erosion by a now a dry stream created a “island” where the main dwellings are located.

The “island”

The canyon walls visible from the island contain many more remains of cliff dwellings.

Once you reach the bottom of the steps the trail loops around the island, passing in front of the remains of many cliff dwellings.

After making our way up the 350 steps (we couldn’t find a picture of Steve going back up), we returned to the Jeep and headed north of Flagstaff on US-89.  After about 35 miles we turned off the highway and drove east into Wupatki National Monument.

There are many settlement sites scattered throughout the monument built by the Ancient Pueblo People.  A major population influx into the area began soon after the eruption of nearby  Sunset Crater in the 11th century, which blanketed the area with volcanic ash.  The ash improved agricultural productivity and the soil’s ability to retain water.  Our first stop was to a group of remains called the Lomaki Pueblo.

Just a few miles from the Lomaki Pueblo is the Citadel, a group of ruins constructed on top of a small but steep hill of volcanic rock.

We then drove on to the Wupatki NM Visitor Center where the largest ruins are located.  The Wupatki Pueblo, the largest settlement on monument territory, is built around a natural rock outcropping. With over 100 rooms, this ruin is believed to be the area’s tallest and largest structure for its time period.

The Wupatki Pueblo

One of the unusual structures at the Wupatki Pueblo is the Ball Court.  It is believed to have been used for a number of game activities and may have been used for water storage during times of rainfall.

The site also contains a geological blowhole.  Caused by the difference in barometric pressure between the surface and small caves below, the hole can blow a stream of cool air out, or draw the air in.  We were amazed by the strength of cool air streaming out of the hole as we stood over it.

The only room you can enter

Leaving the visitor center we drove past the ruins of the Wukoki Pueblo, built on top of a large flat rock area.

Wukoki Pueblo

On our way back to Flagstaff the road went through the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  The Sunset Crater eruption in 1085 producing a blanket of ash covering an area of more than 810 square miles and forced the temporary abandonment of settlements of the local Sinagua people.  The volcano has partially re-vegetated, with pines and wildflowers.

In 1928, a Hollywood film company planned to detonate large quantities of explosives on the side of Sunset Crater in order to create an avalanche for Zane Grey’s motion picture, Avalanche.  Public outcry over this plan led in part to the proclamation of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument by President Herbert Hoover in 1930

Returning to Flagstaff we were treated to a beautiful view of the snow covered San Francisco Peaks.  The highest peak, Humphrey’s Peak, is 12,655 ft., the highest point in Arizona.

Tomorrow we leave Flagstaff and drive about 60 miles to the east for a visit to Winslow, AZ.  More on that later . . .

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White Tank – Near Phoenix, AZ

Surprise, AZ

We left Tucson late last week and drove about 150 miles to the west side of Phoenix for a visit to White Tank Mountain Regional Park.  The drive from Tucson to White Tank is an easy one if you discount the 30 miles of terror as you go through the city of Phoenix!

We survived the thrill ride of going through the city and arrived in the park unscathed then quickly set up in site 31.  Dave and Sue stayed in this site lasts year and warned us that we may have difficulty getting level.  Our first attempt had the rear tires on one side off the ground, never a good idea.  But we re-positioned the motorhome at an angle and put a couple of wood blocks under the back wheels and were able to get relatively level without further difficulty.

Parked at a site just up the road were fellow full-timers,  Jim and Gayle (Life’s Little Adventure).  We have followed their blog for a long time but were never able to meet up with them.

Jim and Gayle

Jim and Gayle are avid hikers, and we were anxious to hit the trail with them.  But John had come down with a cold that was sapping his energy so a hike with temps in the high 80s seemed a little much.  But that didn’t deter the nimble hiker and early (a relative time with both couples) the next morning she set out with Jim and Gail to explore some of the many trails in the park.

The Phoenix area has experienced quite a bit of rain recently so the desert is awash in green highlighted by many yellow flowers.

The trail began to gain in elevation and soon the Phoenix metropolitan area came into view.

The trio ended up hiking about seven and a half miles, despite the high temperatures.  After the hike Jim and Gayle came over to our site for a pleasant happy hour.  The next day they headed south for Yuma, but we all agreed we would look forward to meeting up again real soon.

Just as Jim and Gayle headed out, Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) pulled into the site next to us with Pam’s furry buddy, Lewis.  While we will only be here for a couple of more days, they are staying for about ten days.

The next day was a bit warm for hiking and John had not yet fully recovered so Dave and Sue invited us along for a drive on a nearby Jeep road.  The Jeep road begins near the entrance to Lake Pleasant Regional Park so we first stopped there to check out the views of the lake and the new visitor center that was under construction during our visit to the park last year.

Lake Pleasant

The small visitor center is very nice with great views of the lake.  The fellow pictured below lives just outside the entrance and greeted us as we arrived.

North Castle Hot Springs Road makes a long loop from Rte. 74 at the entrance to Lake Pleasant Regional Park then back to Rte. 74 28 miles to the west.  As it makes its way, the road crosses Castle Creek many, many times.

At one point we spotted a wild burro making his way up a dry portion of the creek bed.  The area is known for these little guys, descendants of pack burros abandoned by miners years ago.

Less than half way along the route we passed Castle Hot Springs Resort.  It is very surprising to find this property located along a rough, rocky road that Arizona’s official historian calls “not really passable, and not even jackass-able” after heavy rainfall.

Castle Hot Springs once boasted a dazzling guest list — from Rockefellers to Carnegies to a Kennedy. Yet for 40 years, the resort sat empty, frequented only by a caretaker and countless owners whose grand plans for the site fizzled.  The resort was completed in 1896 and during its heyday in the 1920s the resort was visited by celebrities such as Zane Grey, as well as famous families such as the Rockefeller family.  The resort was also used by the United States military as a rehabilitation center from 1943 to 1944 to treat injured veterans of World War II.  John Kennedy spent three months at the resort during this period to recover from his wounds suffered during the sinking of his ship, PT-109.  The resort continued to be commercially operational until the main building was heavily damaged in a fire in 1976.  Since then the resort still features its swimming pool, tennis courts, administrative building and guest house along with the springs, which still produce 180,000 gallons of hot water a day.

The property was sold in March 2014 for $1.95 million and the new owners are currently exploring options for redevelopment.  The place is a beehive of activity as construction workers rebuild many of the damaged facilities.  We will be watching the development of this place in the future as we’re curious to see if it can become a commercial success.

Other than that one burro we didn’t see much wildlife along the way, except for a small herd of horses grazing by the road.

John finally recovered enough to do some hiking on our final day at White Tank so we took a short (three mile) hike through the colorful desert.

The desert in bloom

American Cactus (it’s a little overweight!)

The park has a small visitor center located in a very new building next to the park entrance that also holds a branch of the local public library.  The visitor center has a number of different snakes that live in the area, including a Diamondback Rattlesnake who did some awesome poses for our camera.

Look of surprise!

Do snakes yawn?

So shy!

This morning we said our good-byes to Dave, Sue, and Lewis (he’s a dog) as we left southern Arizona and headed north to Flagstaff.  We’ll stay in Flagstaff for a couple of days to explore a couple of national monuments before heading east into New Mexico.

More on that later . . .

 

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Tucson Summary

Tucson, AZ

It has been a while since our last post, but we have been busy hiking and biking around Tucson and enjoying time with friends.  Hans and Lisa were staying nearby so we took the opportunity to hike with them to Bridal Wreath Falls in Saguaro National Park East (the park has units on both sides of the city) by way of the Douglas Spring Trail.  We did this hike last year and found a large volume of water pouring over the falls.  With some significant rain in this area recently, we felt confident the falls would be just as interesting this year.

Pam, Lisa, and Hans head out from the trailhead

After a hike of just under three miles we were a bit disappointed with the volume of water going over the falls.  We decided that last year the water came from a heavy snow pack on the mountains above the falls.  The steady melting of the snow created a longer lasting water flow than from the recent rain, which ran off rapidly.  But the falls was still very beautiful.

Pam and Hans at the falls (Lisa is to the left)

While hiking back down on the Three Tank Trail the sharp eyes of the nimble hiker spotted a saguaro with a crested arm off in the desert to our right.  Viewing it from the trail just wouldn’t do, so off we went to bushwhack our way through the friendly cacti to get up close and personal with this beauty.

Apparently the local cacti didn’t appreciate our efforts, as three of us ended up with a leg full of their response to our visit.

Look closely at the back of the leg to see the many tiny barbs

One evening we went out to the west side of the Tucson Mountains to Western Way RV Park where Steve and MonaLiza (Lowe’s RV Adventures) were staying.  They invited a group of us for a great happy hour, complete with Mona Liza’s famous lumpia (Filipino eggrolls).  Along with Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) and Steve and Mona Liza, we were joined by John and Sharon (On the Road of Retirement) who we haven’t seen since our visit to San Diego a couple of years ago.  Great food and conversation were shared by all!

Sharon, John, Steve, Dave, Sue, John, and MonaLiza

One morning Dave and Sue joined us for a hike in the Robles Pass section of Tucson Mountain Park.  We hiked the Camaro Loop, which is apparently named for the shell of a car that sits next to the trail.  It appears to be the remains of a mid-70s Camaro but it is difficult to determine the exact make and model.

One of our favorite hikes in the Tucson area is to the top of Wasson Peak on the north side of the Tucson Mountains just west of the city.  Jim and Barb (Jim and Barb’s RV Adventure) joined us for the long climb up to the summit.

Jim, Barb, and Pam

Great views as we go up the trail

A view of the trail below us

Lunch with a view

The view from the top is impressive

Toward the end of our stay we hosted a happy hour with Steve and Mona Liza and Joe and Gay (good-times-rollin) who are also staying in the same park as us (Lazy Days KOA) here in Tucson.  After snacks and conversation we drove just around the corner from Lazy Days to a food truck parked next to a convenience store.  The truck serves great Mexican food and has an enclosed seating area.

Mona Liza, John, Pam, Joe, and Gay (Steve was the photographer)

For our last hike in Tucson this year we drove back east of the city to Saguaro National Park East to find a couple of Crested Saguaros listed in a park map.  The first is found off the South Cactus Forest Trail near the loop road.  What was to be a two mile hike turned into four miles, as the park map has incorrect directions (a left turn instead of a right into the Javelina Wash).

After we finally found that one we returned to the Jeep and left the park, driving south on Old Spanish Trail for seven miles before turning left on to Camino Loma Alta.  Two miles to the north the road ends at the Camino Loma Alta Trailhead.

Camino Loma Alta Trailhead

We hiked almost a mile up this trail before turning right into Coyote Wash.  After slogging our way up the wash for a mile, we began looking to our left, as the park directions said.  Fortunately, we spotted this beauty through the brush, but on our right!

We pulled out of Tucson last Friday headed for White Tank Regional Park, just west of Phoenix, where we will spend the next five days.  More on that later . . .

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Busy Days in Tucson

Tucson, AZ

It has been a week and a half since we left Naco and moved to Lazydays KOA in Tucson.  Since we’ll be here for a month we reserved one of their “deluxe” sites, with a larger patio, hedges around the site, and a small area of grass.

Site 1364 in Lazydays

The afternoon of our second day here we hosted a happy hour with some RV friends who are also staying in this park.  Dave and Sue from Beluga’s Excellent Adventures and Bill and Jodee from On the Road Abode joined us.

John, Sue, Dave, Pam, Jodee, and Bill

There are many citrus tree in this park so one of Pam’s first activities was to fire up the juicer and make some delicious orange juice and grapefruit juice.

It wasn’t very long after our arrival that the nimble hiker had us out on the trail.  Our first couple of outings were in the Robles Pass section of Tucson Mountain Park.

“Beauty” among the Saguaro

“Beast” among the Saguaro

Downtown Tucson in the distance

Passing an old friend from last year’s visit

Tucson has some great bike paths and the area is very flat so one day we headed out for a 20 mile bike ride.  Along the way we passed through the campus of the University of Arizona so we stopped by Old Main to check out another old friend.

Pam has been following the blog Jim and Barb’s Adventure for a long time and when we learned they were in the area, we arranged a late lunch at the Barrio Brewing Co.  We enjoyed a tasty adult beverage, some good food, and some great conversation.  A hike together just may be in our future.

Barb, Jim, Pam, and John

A few days later we drove north of Tucson to the Dove Mountain Brewing Co. (seems to be a pattern here) to meet with another couple we have met during our travels.  Rick and Joanne (Rick and Joanne’s RV Travels) have a home outside Denver but travel for much of the year.  We first met them when they were camphosting in Glacier NP a couple of years ago.

John, Pam, Rick, and Joanne

The nimble hiker found a newspaper article from a couple of years ago that described a hike near Gate’s Pass, just west of Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park.  The writer of the article called one part of the hike the Unnamed Trail as she couldn’t find any name for it on maps.  The hike begins at the parking area on the south side of Gate’s Pass, which is the location of the northern terminus for the popular Yetman Trail, a long trail that runs the length of the Tucson Mountain Park.

Going through Gate’s Pass we could just make out a trail above us

Trailhead for the Yetman Trail

This hike begins with a half mile trek up the Yetman Trail to where it intersects with the Gate’s Pass Trail.  We turned left (north) on the Gate’s Pass Trail and headed around a steep peak.

Gate’s Pass Trail sign on the left, Yetman Trail on the right

Looking west on the Gate’s Pass Trail, the parking area is visible in the lower center

After a fairly challenging climb along the Gate’s Pass Trail we went through a saddle between the peaks.  Just after the saddle we found the Unnamed Trail on our right and headed south.

Hiking south on the Unnamed Trail

Lunch with a view

The writer of the article about this hike described an end point in the trail overlooking a ravine with a nice view looking both to the east and the west.  We could see the trail continuing into and through the ravine and over another saddle to the west.  We knew the Yetman Trail was in that direction so we continued on the trail, confident we would intersect with it.  We could then head back north to the parking area, making a nice loop hike.

Although a bit steep and narrow in spots, the trail wasn’t too difficult and, after a bit, we came to the Yetman Trail.

Heading back north on the Yetman Trail to the parking area

Although only about four miles long, this hike seemed much longer due to the steep, rough, loose stone terrain.  But we will definitely be recommending it to some of our hiking pals who are in the Tucson area.

The weather for the weekend predicts wind, rain, and cool temperatures forcing us to curtail our outdoor adventures.  But the forecast for next week is much improved so we’ll be out and about soon.  More on that later . . .

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A Little Golf, a Little Exploring in Naco, AZ

Naco, AZ

We are now finishing our ten day stay here along the border with Mexico.  We came here to meet Sue and Dave (Beluga’s Excellent Adventures), to play some golf on the Turquoise Valley Golf Course next to the RV park, and to enjoy some of the nice restaurants in the nearby town of Bisbee.

Mountains in view in all directions

Some golfers here are a bit strange looking

One of our favorite places to eat in Bisbee is Cafe Roka, located on Tombstone Canyon Road in the downtown area.  Dave and Sue joined us for another delicious meal at this quirky restaurant.

Cafe Roka on the left side of Tombstone Canyon Rd.

One day we needed a break from golfing so we drove about 30 miles to the west for a visit to a religious shrine built on the side of a hill visible from AZ-92.  We have driven by this shrine many times and wanted to check out the view of the valley from the site.

Our Lady of the Sierras was built in the late 1990s by a couple from Illinois who had purchased the land to build a home for their upcoming retirement.  They were inspired to construct a shrine after visiting one that had a similar hillside location in the former country of Yugoslavia.

The main feature of the shrine is a 75′ Celtic cross.  Sitting next to it is a 31′ statue of the Virgin Mary.  A small chapel sits in front of the statues.

A waterfall is to the left of the cross with a stairway leading further up the hillside leading to a small grotto and the 14th Station of the Cross.

On our last day in Naco we were joined by Bill and Jodie (On the Road Abode) who were staying in nearby Tombstone with friends.  They met us (along with Sue and Dave) at the Bisbee Breakfast Club in nearby Lowell, a little area just south of Bisbee.

Jodee, Pam, John, Sue’s empty chair (she took the photo), Dave, and Bill

After a delicious breakfast the group drove back to Naco for a visit to the border fence.  We had visited with Bill and Jodie last summer in Clayton, NY.  During that visit we had a group photo taken of the four of us standing along the St. Lawrence River, which forms the border between the U.S. and Canada.  Jodie had the great idea that we should take a similar photo of the group along the Mexican border.  While the people in the photos are the same the setting is sure very different.  Instead of the beautiful St. Lawrence in the background we have . . . .

… a beautiful double fence!

A popular vehicle for those living in motorhomes

After breakfast and the photo, Bill and Jodie headed back to Tombstone, and we headed back out for one more round of golf.  The six of us will meet again today, as we are all headed for Lazydays KOA in Tucson.

More on that later  . . .

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