Last Saturday we left Tucson and drove about a hundred miles southeast for a visit to the quirky little town of Bisbee, AZ. About five miles south of Bisbee is a little community of Naco, right on the Mexican border. We read that Turquoise Valley Golf and RV Park, located there, was having a special rate for RV parking with unlimited golf, so we decided to take advantage and enjoy some golf rounds.
The golf course is right across the street behind our site in the RV park. In fact, we can see the sixth tee from our windows. Now parking about a quarter mile from the border may seem a bit dangerous, but like our stay near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument we feel very secure. As we approached the area we could see an unmanned blimp hovering nearby equipped with cameras and other monitoring equipment.
The fence along the border has sensors on each pole and is well lite at night.
Poles nearby also contain cameras and monitoring sensors.
And if that were not enough, the Border Patrol has a large facility just two miles away with a parking lot full of many of their vehicles. We have seen a couple of these facilities in our recent travels and they have all had a very large number of vehicles parked there. Couple that with the many vehicles we see driving around the border and you wonder just how many vehicles the Border Patrol has in their inventory!
The weather here has been very nice during the first week of our stay so every afternoon we have taken advantage of our location and enjoyed a round of golf.
We may be just a few hundred yards from the border but that’s not the danger that concerns us while on the course. The first local rule on the scorecard at Turquoise Valley states:
“A ball lying within a club length of a rattlesnake may be moved two club lengths without penalty and without disturbing the snake.”
There is much to do and see in the Bisbee area but we’ll save some of our early adventures for the next blog.