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Ft. Huachuca, AZ - Apache Flats RV Park - site 46

Ft. Huachuca, AZ - Apache Flats RV Park - site 46, another...

Ft. Huachuca, AZ - Apache Flats RV Park - site 46, and...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ - our route - 258...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 1 - though we were...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 2 - this went on...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 3 - even the railroad...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 4 - one of the...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 5 - we crossed the...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 6 - we ran across...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 7 - thankfully no problems...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 8 - this was 16...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 9

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 10 - the mountains channel...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 11 - we don't know...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 12

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 13

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 14 - entering Arizona

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 15 - a rare moment...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 16 - even a few...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 17 - approaching Texas Canyon

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 18 - the canyon is...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 19

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 20

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 21

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 22 - and more construction...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 23 - what we believe...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 24 - coming down from...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 25 - more construction as...

Las Cruces, NM to Ft. Huachuca, AZ 26 - we hit a...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip - our route - 116 miles

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 1 - the countryside as we leave Sierra Vista

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 2 - the small border community of Naco, AZ

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 3 - the border fence in the Naco area

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 4 - the small border station at Naco, cars come...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 5 - though they used to come through this street

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 6 - one of a couple of border patrol vehicles...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 7 - a closer look at the fence

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 8 - here you can see that it is actually...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 9 - some of the old buildings near the Lavender...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 10 - the Lavender Copper Pit last used in the...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 11 - old Bisbee which has become a new retirement...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 12

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 13 - lots of quaint shops

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 14

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 15 - the Royale Theater, still in use

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 16

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 17

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 18 - pretty mosaic

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 19

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 20 - the tunnel between Bisbee and Tombstone

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 21 - we were on a very steep four-mile grade

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 22 - the Tombstone City Hall, OK Corral just down...

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 23 - one of the stagecoach rides

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 24 - a cowboy checking his smartphone before the gunfight!

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 25 - one of the side streets packed with cars

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 26

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 27

Bisbee/Tombstone Trip 28 - there are quite a few RV Parks in...


Our trip from Las Cruces, NM to Fort Huachuca, AZ was 258 miles of crossing the Chihuahuan Desert with little change in scenery throughout the trip. We did manage to give the Mothership another drink as we turned south for the 27 mile jaunt from I-10 down to Fort Huachuca. The interesting part was about five miles into that short trip south we hit a swarm of bugs of some kind. It was like a sudden rain shower of huge drops and they completely covered the front of the Mothership with their debris in an instant. Needless to say that was the end of picture taking! We have never seen anything like it but saw it again the next day as we were touring the area in Libby. At least the windshield is small enough on her that we could use the washer to clear the mess so we could still see. Hopefully it doesn't happen again on the way to Phoenix!

We are staying at the Ft. Huachuca FamCamp, Apache Flats RV Park, which is at the edge of the base and one of the better FamCamps in the military system. It has a huge concrete, pull-through pad with full hookups and 50 amps power. Also included is a nice picnic table and barbeque grill on a concrete patio. We have great Verizon and an easy shot to the satellite but we do have shade at the rear of the coach on our patio. We are on Mountain Standard Time now since Arizona doesn't recognize Daylight Savings Time except on the reservations where the native Americans do go to DST. That means we are now three hours behind the east coast, the same as Pacific Savings Time so we shouldn't have to set our clocks again until September on the way back.

Thursday, we made a loop from here to Naco to Bisbee to Tombstone and back. The little border community of Naco is almost non-existent. We didn't see any stores open or any other place for people to work except the border station. There were many, many boarded up buildings though. Bisbee has found new growth as many are finding it to be a great place to retire. It has good weather like many other retirement communities in Arizona and it has a gazillion little specialty shops as it is also a tourist attraction. Tombstone looked much the same as it did when we visited five years ago while at Tuscon. It still has the old west flavor and the daily shootouts of course. We did the whole 116 mile loop in about three hours so we didn't do much but drive through them.

Today was spent cleaning house as we hadn't done much since leaving home and the rain, etc. in Guadalupe had left a cleaning much desired. She is all spiffy now, at least inside as we cannot wash the outside here, and ready for the trip to Phoenix tomorrow. We will be there a week visiting my brother and his wife.

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