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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33 Responses to A Little Golf, a Little Exploring in Naco, AZ

  1. Wow, look at those darn cool jeeps! I need to hop on that one colored mango tango! That strange looking golfer seemed behaved.
    Jodee’s photo op idea was great 🙂

  2. Gay says:

    Wahoo! Welcome to Tucson! I really need to get to Bisbee one day!

  3. exploRVistas says:

    Nothing happier than a doggie on a golf cart!

  4. montanaclarks says:

    We considered Lazydays KOA as a stopping point next week but think we are going to find something closer to Benson.

  5. Soooooon we’ll be hiking together!

  6. Jim and Barb says:

    Welcome to Tucson! Looks like you are here just in time for some really warm weather!

  7. pmbweaver says:

    That caddy of Dave’s does look strange indeed.
    Sorry we miss Biebee. It is the cutest little town.
    Oh I would have loved that Shrine. The cross is beautiful.
    I am sure the photo in NY was much prettier and less intimidating.
    Yep, I remember our Jeep. They can take you about anywhere.
    See you in the T.

  8. Susan Bank says:

    Once again, we had a great time in Naco and Bisbee with you two. Thanks.
    Lewis is a little subdued here in Tucson, no Gramma Pamma outside his window, only bicycles now.

  9. Laurel says:

    Oh yum, Cafe Roka! Definitely one of our favorites in Bisbee. It looks like soooo much fun with all of you congregating in Arizona for the winter. We’ve never been to Our Lady of the Sierras—it’s lovely.

    • placestheygo says:

      Laurel, you were the one who first told us about Cafe Roka:) So last year we tried it out and really enjoyed the outstanding food and cute little restaurant. So glad you suggested it! We’ll be thinking of you and Eric as we gather. Wish you were able to join us. Tell Eric we wish him continued progress:)

      • Laurel says:

        Thanks, Pam. We’re making good progress and hope to meet up with you guys on the Olympic Peninsula this summer! :-))

      • placestheygo says:

        So glad to hear you both are making good progress:) We are going to be calling for reservations today. Let’s hope we can still get in!! We want to station ourselves in Port Angeles and Forks. We are hoping to arrive mid to late June. I’ll keep in touch!

  10. Sherry says:

    Sounds like you’ve developed a regular gang to hang out with. What fun!

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    Such a fun place you’ve found there! Beautiful shrine and chapel with amazing views. So glad we were able to get that second photo :-))))

  12. Debbie L says:

    Wow, beautiful scenery around the golf course! Loved the wall, too. We have a bit of keep envy….we do think it’s a more popular toad than ours! We’ve always been a bit non conformist! Lol
    If we ever get to some of the exciting western/mountainous places you go, we might have to rent one! Or hope we can hook up with a keep owner who’ll take us where our SRX won’t go….😬

    • placestheygo says:

      We’re glad we have the Jeep Wrangler. It has taken us to many trailheads we would otherwise have missed, Debbie. In the west it can be a necessary vehicle in many areas.

      • Debbie L says:

        When we were in the market to buy a toad, we were in Florida. Believe it or not, there just weren’t any used ones available! But there were a million, well, maybe 1000s of used Cadillac SRXs to pick from! That’s Florida for you! It’s working for us anyway. We won’t get out west for a few more years….

  13. LuAnn says:

    Cafe Roka seems to be a favorite for many. I know it is for us as well. Hope to figure out a way to see you both yet this winter.

    • placestheygo says:

      Laurel turned us on to the restaurant last year. Glad she did:) We won’t be getting your way this year. We are heading north from here eventually ending in the Olympic Peninsula. We are thinking San Diego next December and then Borrego Springs. Are you doing any traveling or staying around Jojoba?

      • LuAnn says:

        We are heading to Yellowstone this summer, volunteering as program assistants for Yellowstone Association, which should include lots of hiking. We will be supporting the naturalists who conduct the 3-5 day field seminars. After that we will continue to head north, weather permitting. We will hopefully see you next year. Have some wonderful adventures this year!

  14. geogypsy2u says:

    Great looking group. Ugly wall.

  15. Dramatic cacti! Great pics.

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