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Jan 23, 2019 - Discovering Arizona Treasures Above and Below Ground

On our way to Fort Huachuca we drove the scenic route through Florence, past the Catalina mountains surrounding Tucson through the small town of Sonoita and to the base which is surrounded by the Huachuca Mountains, just a few miles from the Mexico border. Fort Huachuca was established in March of 1877 as Camp Huachuca in order to counter the Apache threat and secure the border with Mexico. In 1913 it became the base for the “Buffalo Soldiers”, the 10th Calvary Regiment that was composed primarily of African Americans. The Buffalo Soldiers...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Let the Birding Begin, SIerra VIsta AZ

Our first Arizona stop was at Sierra Vista. Only five miles from our campground is a place called San Pedro National Conservation Area. They had a bird walk scheduled for 7am. Much to my own amazement, I managed to roll out of bed and get there on time. It was a GREAT walk. A lot of people showed up but they split us into three groups of about 8 people each. We saw 55 species and ten of them were brand new to me! All three groups saw 74 birds combined. It is always nice to be able to go out with someone who can point out the differences...

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May 1, 2016 - Leaving Arizona Tomorrow

We are leaving Arizona in the morning. We have been here in Sierra Vista for a little over three weeks. Highlighting our time here is the purpose of this post. We visited the San Pedro Bird Conservancy and watched hummingbird banding, we visited Coronado National Memorial and the Chiricahua National Monument, we hiked a little bit along the San Pedro River and hiked up Garden Canyon on the Fort Huachuca Army Post and Ramsey Canyon. We drove around and through several small towns in the area. We toured the Fort Huachuca Historical Museum...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Ft. Huachuca, AZ - Apache Flats FamCamp

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...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Garden Canyon on Fort Huachuca

Garden Canyon is located within the confines of the Fort Huachuca Military Reservation. Non-military folks can access the area by checking in at the visitors gate with proper credentials. Security is tight on all military bases now. Garden Canyon is well-shaded, has a continuous flowing stream with small waterfalls, and was inhabited by ancient peoples for thousands of years. You can see smoke marks from numerous campfires and pictographs left by artistic natives on canyon walls. Paula and I hiked up hill on a dirt road (the first mile or...

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Apr 20, 2016 - San Pedro River near Sierra Vista

Today we went back to the San Pedro River area just outside of Sierra Vista. Another 20 miles or so east of here is Bisbee, AZ and a bit further is Tombstone, home of the OK Corral shootout! The San Pedro River is a northward flowing river starting about 10 miles south of the Mexican border and runs 140 miles to the Gila River near Winkleman, AZ. It is the last major free-flowing undammed river in the American Southwest. The area is of ecological importance as it hosts over 100 species of breeding birds and 300 species of migrating...

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Apr 17, 2016 - Coronado National Memorial

Today, we took in a bit of history along with a couple of short hikes. We visited Coronado National Memorial. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his entourage passed through this area in 1540 before he trekked across the Texas panhandle. We drove the pickup up to the Montezuma Pass Overlook with a great view of several mountain ranges. There is a short trail to Coronado Peak that starts at the parking lot at the overpass. It goes from 6575 feet to 6864 feet in .4 miles. From the overlook, it is less than a mile to the Mexico border. There...

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Apr 16, 2016 - Hummingbird Banding

Today we visited the Southeastern Arizona Bird Sanctuary on the San Pedro River just east of Sierra Vista. SABO offers a variety of resources for the birding and naturalist communities to connect with birds and other wildlife in Southeastern Arizona. They sponsor and lead walks morning and evening to do bird sightings and offer other programs such as hummingbird banding. Paula and I watched as the sanctuaries naturalists captured, recorded vital statistics, and banded these teeny-tiny birds. Before releasing, the birds were offered a...

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Feb 12, 2016 - Sierra Vista AZ

Our journey today will take us to Sierra Vista AZ. Sierra Vista is in Cochise County which takes in Tombstone, Douglas, Willcox and Bisbee AZ. The county is named after the Apache Chief Cochise. Sierra Vista is the largest city in Cochise County with a population of 43,888 people. The major employer is Fort Huachuca, an army base. Sierra Vista is the place everyone must go for shopping since they have Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes and other major retailers. Fort Huachuca employs over 5,000 civilians and has military of 6,500...

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2016 Westward HO

Oct 12, 2015 - A town hung on a hill and a gun fight at 2PM

Lots to see in this area starting with driving about an hour to Bisbee, a town which looks like the houses are hung on the sides of steep hills. This area was known for its copper mining, which, of course, meant lots of saloons and shops in its past. It's been very well maintained so walking around the downtown brought us back in time, well, that is if you don't look at the shop windows loaded with souvenirs and clothing, jewelry. We found a museum that was similar to the one in Chloride as people in the community donated things from their...

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Oct 11, 2015 - Fort Huachuca Ant Hills

(Wayne asked me to write again.) A travel day, so up early to close everything and say goodbye to the rally people. Some we'll see at the next rallies we're going to, and some we won't. Off we went to Fort Huachuca which is 75 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ. Got to the U.S. Army Fort, which has been in this location since 1877 as a calvary post to chase after Geronimo who surrendered in 1886. In 1913 the Buffalo Soldiers were at the fort. This was an all African American unit and the Indians called them the Buffalo Soldiers. They remained...

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Apr 24, 2015 - April 6-April 23 Huachuca/Sierra Vista Area, AZ

We are back in Cochise County, the most southeastern corner of Arizona. The altitude is about the same as Reno and it is very windy here. It is also cold at night. The days are mostly in the 70s. We are at The Mountain View RV park in Huachuca City, and we are selling ads for this park. We are about 10 miles north of Sierra Vista which is a nice town big enough to actually call it a town. It is just east of Fort Huachuca that also has a RV park which we will also be selling ads for. This area is not quite as tired as Willcox, but it is far...

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