We had intended to do some exploring around Silver City, NM, but the weather was just too cold and snowy in the higher elevations. So when we left Las Cruces, we headed southwest to Naco, AZ. Naco is a little community right on the Mexican border, just south of the town of Bisbee. We made plans last year to meet Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) here on February 1st to play golf for a week, so we just got here a few days early. We are staying in a small park called Turquoise Valley Golf and RV Park. The RV park is small but nice, and the golf course is right across the street.
The first day of our visit to this area we went into nearby Bisbee to get a little exercise. Bisbee is a former mining town that is now a funky, artsy community filled with ex-hippies and free spirits. Most of the residential buildings have been constructed on the sides of the steep hillsides surrounding the small downtown area. These houses are usually above or below street level and are accessed by steep steps. Each year the town conducts a race up and down the steps called the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb, a 5K run through the city that traverses 1,034 stairs.
The next day we decided to hike up a trail leading to a cross and shrine on top of one of the hills overlooking downtown Bisbee. We did this hike two years ago and thought we had driven to the end of OK Street to the trailhead. But when we drove up there (about a half mile from the downtown) we discovered there was no place to park. We then remembered that you have to park downtown and walk up to the trailhead. So back down the narrow OK Street we went.
Hiking back down the trail on the other side of the hill we found someone had been busy clearing the trail and adding more small shrines along the path. Someone painted a picture of Che Guevara, an Argentinian physician who became a Communist revolutionary and Fidel Castro’s right hand man, on a rock wall.
We’re looking forward to enjoying some golf and a few meals in some of Bisbee’s many restaurants for the next week. Then we’ll move a short distance up I-10 to one of our favorite cities, Tucson.
More on that later . . .