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Feb 7, 2018 - Wednesday, Tombstone AZ

Today was a real adventure day, we went ATV’s around the Empire Ranch. Apache ATV Tours was the company we went with. I was concerned that I couldn’t stay on it but Jim the owner said not to worry that they would work with me to drive one. We met him at the Empire Ranch around 9 am to take a 4 hour tour of Empire, ended up 5 hours. The Empire Ranch is now 50,000 acres of open range and still a working cattle ranch. The Bureau of Land Management now owns it. In its hay day it was over 100,000 acres with 40,000 head of cattle roaming the...

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2018 Winter

Feb 6, 2018 - Tuesday, Tombstone AZ

An interesting fact we discovered today talking with a lady at the Killer Bee Honey shop. In 1877, the city of Tombstone was founded by Ed Schieffelin. At the time, there was a scouting voyage in Tombstone against the Chiricahua Apaches. Ed was part of this mission and was staying at a place called Camp Huachuca. During his stay, he would leave the camp to look for rocks within the wilderness despite the fact that fellow soldiers at his camp warned him not to. The soldiers told him that he wouldn’t find stones out in the wilderness and...

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2018 Winter

Feb 5, 2018 - Monday, Tombstone AZ

It was very warm today, 75 degrees with those darn sun rays beating down on us with no cloud’s in the sky. We drove over to Sierra Vista to the Fry’s supermarket to fill a prescription, kind of nice since they are the Kroger’s of the west. Sierra Vista is the main town for the area where you can get everything a person may need. It was a very nice drive and only 16 miles of some pretty terrain. Got back to the motorhome and decided to go out to eat tonight at one of the local places. We went to Puny John’s BBQ which the ribs were to kill...

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2018 Winter

Feb 4, 2018 - Sunday, Tombstone AZ

This will be the last leg of our journey to Tombstone because we will arrive later this afternoon. After 27 days and 2754 miles we will arrive. The drive over was real bad because we had to deal with all the sun rays falling out of the sky. It was around 73 degrees with sun shining brightly. As we drove pass the White Sands Missile Testing ground it looked like snow from a distance, but it wasn’t, just white sand. Of course we had to stop at one of the road side junk stores so my lovely bride could brose what was inside, same old stuff....

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2018 Winter

Jun 4, 2017 - Nearly two years later

When people asked me where I was going for the winter, I replied: "Down near Sonoita." "Where's that?" they asked. (see map). "About 45 miles southeast of Tucson, and 45 miles northwest of Sierra Vista." "Oh. Hottern hell there isn't it?" "Nope. About 15 degree cooler than Phoenix at an altitude of 4800 feet." "Whatcha going there for?" "I landed a volunteer job as Caretaker of the Empire Ranch." "Oh." I spent the last two winters along the Colorado River roaming between Parker and Ehrenberg and last summer near Ramona, Calif. Because I...

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Jan 19, 2017 - tumacacori

We didn't have a very early start and we headed to Tucson. We spent a few hours touring around there and then headed south. We stopped at Tumacacori national park and toured the old mission there. The passes came in handy again today. We had to go to Nogales but neither of us were interested in going across to Mexico. We went on Hwy 82 which took us by a ghost town Fairbanks which we stopped at. It was getting dark when we got to Tombstone so we got a room and after supper we were back in the room for awhile. The hotel has nightly...

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Brenner 2017

Sep 20, 2016 - Tombstone

This morning we woke up to rain - the first precipitation since we started out 10 days ago. It was a light drizzle but got heavier as we drove south. It was from a tropical depression that was moving over the Baja in Mexico and we were getting someo of the outer bands. I think we were very lucky - the weather in Utah and Colorado is not going to be good the next few days. We had a 4 hour drive to Tombstone, AZ. It was an old western town that had some famous gun slingers that lived and drank in this place - Billy the Kidd and Doc Holliday...

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Apr 15, 2016 - Tombstone, AZ

At 3PM, October 26, 1881 in the thriving mining town of Tombstone, five members of the Clanton-McLaury outlaw gang shot it out with 3 Earp brothers & Doc Halliday in a vacant lot on Fremont Street 6 doors from the OK Corral. A reporter changed the venue to the OK Corral to juice the story. Tombstone papers The Epitaph and The Nugget carried the story for months but the general public learned about Wyatt only after the publication of Stuart Long's "Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall. Long smoothed out Wyatt's rough edges. We had a great time on...

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Spring Trip 2016

Feb 15, 2016 - Bisbee AZ

We drove over to Bisbee today to visit the Queen Mine. The operated from 1877 to 1975 mainly as a copper mine but there was silver, gold and lead also found. The mine was very important during World War I and II because of the metal found. During the war men were drafted into the Army and given an opportunity to go fight or work as miners. Back in those days a miner was making $.34 cents per hour, if you worked outside the mine you were paid $.24 cent per hours. Mining did change over the years from young men pushing the ore carts out of...

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2016 Westward HO

Feb 13, 2016 - Tombstone AZ

Today will be our Tombstone day because this weekend is Vigilante Days here in town. There is a group that dress up with period clothes and wander the streets. Everyone has pistols or shotguns, kind of a neat thing to see. Picked up my handmade gun holster today so now I can carry my new gun. Here in Arizona you don’t need a permit to carry or to purchase, just like the old west. Candy found her a new man that is an Arizona Ranger, which are law enforcement support and assistance civilian auxiliary in this state. They assist law enforcement...

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2016 Westward HO

Feb 10, 2016 - Tombstone AZ

It was so nice to wake up this morning knowing that we didn’t need to drive anywhere. It was only 45 degrees but the sun was shining with it going to 75 degrees for a high today. We took it easy this morning and then strolled down town Tombstone. We knew that one store we would visit is the Killer Bee Honey shop that has home grown honey for sale. What is amazing is the guy that owns the Killer Bee Honey shop is from Kalamazoo Michigan. He grew up in the little town of Otsego, 10 miles from Allegan where I was raised. He is a bit younger so...

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2016 Westward HO

Feb 9, 2016 - Tombstone AZ

It got chilly again last night and needed to unhook the water line so it didn’t freeze. Sure will be glad when we get to an area night freeze doesn’t happen. The drive today was why I enjoy being out here. Traffic is very light and the scenic is just breath taking. To be able to look across the desert and see the mountains afar reaching to the skies with some showing snow on the peaks. What a great day. We did travel thru Texas Canyon with it balancing rocks. One year ago today, February 9th 2015, we pulled into Tombstone Arizona for the...

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2016 Westward HO

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