I'm going to visit Nancy Potenza, my first cousin, and her daughter Mia Parsons. On the way, I stopped in Tucson to meet Barb and Ed Haugland for Mexican food at Agustin Kitchen.
After the beautiful ride south almost to the Mexican border town of Nacos, I arrived in Bisbee. Since Nancy's husband Mark Parsons was in Chicago, we girls had the weekend all to ourselves to explore Bisbee AZ.
Bisbee is a free-spirited place with a thriving arts and music scene and a well-preserved historical architectural setting. My cousin has been living here since the early 90s and knows everyone in town. Much like Vilcabamba in Ecuador, this town is full of old hippies, artists, and civic-minded citizens who volunteer to keep the town friendly and full of life.
The May–June 2000 issue of Modern Maturity AARP Magazine called Bisbee one of the most alive places to retire in the U.S. and runner-up as one of the "quirkiest" towns in America.