Originally published 21 February, 2014
I have a photo of me in one of these when I was a toddler.....the only reason we did this!
We headed to Tombstone today......a place with lots of stories and lots of history surrounding it. It wasn't far, only about 30 minutes from the motor home.
The Dragoon Mountains are gorgeous. THIS is worth the trip
We headed back north and decided to take a wandering through the desert. We had a topo map and a GPS so we figured we'd do fine. We ended up in the Dragoon mountains, in the area of the Cochise Stronghold. Cochise decided he had taken enough crap from the white folks and bolted off the reservation and into the Dragoon mountains. They're rugged as hell and you can see someone coming from a long way away.
The Dragoon Mountains are so picturesque
We drove a fire road shown on the map along the base of the mountains. According to my map, it connected to the main road, right around I-10. It was a gorgeous ride, through incredibly beautiful country. Let me say.....if you're coming to southern Arizona for Tombstone......reconsider. Go to Bisbee instead. And come to southern Arizona for southern Arizona. It beats any tourist trap they have.
Watching the sun go down in the Dragoon Mountains
I had timed it so we would be out of the desert by dark. I knew about how far it was and knew we'd be fine. We got near I-10 and I could actually see the trucks on the interstate. We got to where we were supposed to turn and found a locked gate. Apparently this road ran through a part of a ranch, and was open for decades. The owner recently put up a gate and locked it. We wound up backtracking 19 miles to the road we came off of. I still got Laurie out by dark, just like I promised her.
Tomorrow is moving day. We've decided our next area to explore will be up around Sedona. More tomorrow!
Quote of the day: (Not that great a quote, but it pretty much sums up what Tombstone is.)
"Like everyone else in Tombstone, I work for tips. There's a tip bucket as you exit the mine."- Girl that led us on the mine tour.
Song of the day: Moneygrabber- Fitz and the Tantrums
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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