Monday, November 23, 2020

Visiting Sierra Vista in Arizona Not Once but Twice (catch up post)

 Sunday, November 22, 2020

Saturday Tom decided to give the Stinger "B" a good washing along with the Jeep. Today he started the waxing.  Last week he did the roof and waxed it so hopefully if it rains we will not have any white streaks coming down. Not that I am hoping for rain. While Tom was outside doing that yesterday I did some reorganizing in the storage under our bed. I have now finished two of my crocheting projects and needed to get yarn out for the next two plus re-arrange things to get everything back under. Then I just did a few other necessary cleaning chores inside. Today I started on the next two crocheting projects. That was our  last two days nothing extraordinary but it does not need to be to be a day lived and enjoyed.

I had mentioned in a previous blog post we took three rides while we were staying in New Mexico. This catch up post contains the pictures of the two times, October 29th and October 31st,  we drove to Sierra Vista and back. Though the views especially between Bisbee and Sierra Vista are beautiful these trips are not what I would call going for a ride. When we say we are going for a ride it means we are heading out to explore a trail, check out the views, maybe see a particular site that might be historical or something that sounds interesting. Yes, there is a destination in mind but the stops along the way are usually frequent and part of the whole day. These two rides where not about that they were strictly about the destination.

Tom had been doing some research on a particular item he wanted to purchase and where he could make the purchase for several months. A day before we took this trip he found two of what he was looking for available in Sierra Vista. After checking things out he became the owner of  a Winchester 94 rifle and is a happy man. Since, we were there we also made a stop at the Fry's to pick up some groceries, and stopped at Walgreens for a prescription. Our second trip was because some accessories for his purchase came in that he needed. The second trip was strictly a there and back trip.

I took this October 30th from our patio.
Not a bad view at all.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

It was one of those days for me and I did not pick up the camera until we were coming into Bisbee.

We know we are close when we see the Tailings from
the Open Copper Mine.

As we drive by here the Lavender Pit is on our left.
There is a spot to stop and check it out. 
We have stopped and taken pictures here several
times but not today.

Going by Bisbee.

Mule Pass Tunnel just ahead.

We have turned onto AZ-90
and we can see in the distance the ever present
Tethered Aerostat Radar System.

When we finished our errands in Sierra Vista we left on West Charleston Road which brought us into Tombstone were we connected with AZ-80. No reason just a different route we had never taken before.

Crossing the San Pedro River we could see another bridge on our right and after crossing we pulled into the parking lot. I noticed this monument and then we took a walk across the bridge.

Historical Marker 
This is the site of the Battle of the Bulls.

Curious about what The Battle of the Bulls was about  I looked it up and this is what I found: 

 In December 1846, the Mormon Battalion followed the San Pedro River north from the U.S. border with Mexico in what is now Cochise County, Arizona. On Dec. 11, the battalion had the only major “battle” in its journey when a number of wild bulls charged and a dusty, chaotic melee ensued.

At least three men of the battalion were injured, three mules were gored to death and some of the wagons were overturned. At least nine of the bulls were killed by members of the battalion.

Following the excitement, the group traveled along the San Pedro for a short while and camped for the night. 

The next question I had was, who were the Mormon Battalion and this is what I found: 

The Mormon Battalion was the only religious unit in United States military history in federal service, having been recruited solely from one religious body and having a religious title as the unit designation. The battalion was a volunteer unit of between 534 and 559 Latter-day Saint men, led by Mormon company officers commanded by regular U.S. Army officers. During its service, the battalion made a grueling march of nearly 2,100 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego, California. The volunteers served from July 1846 – July 1847 during the Mexican–American War of 1846–1848. Wikipedia 

By clicking here Mormon Battalion you will find more information about this group.
(The above information was copied and pasted off of the internet.)

Walking across we noticed several padlocks attached
to the fence that people had left behind.

We can see Tombstone in the distance.

Coming into Tombstone, we will not be stopping today.

Continuing our journey home we turned onto Davis Road and then took US-191 which connected us to AZ-80 near Douglas. This is the route we ended up taking when we made our move to Arizona.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Today we took another ride over to Sierra Vista and as I said above it was basically a drive there and drive back. Both ways were on AZ-80 and AZ-90.

Today I was waiting with camera in hand to get this
picture. This is the first time I have seen a sign 
warning to watch for animals for over a 100 miles.

Douglas in the distance.

The line of green means we are coming up
on the San Pedro River.
At this point we are headed back home.

Mule Mountain Pass Tunnel.
Completed in 1958 it took ten minutes off the drive
over the 6,030 foot high pass.

A little Christmas on the way.

Going  back by Bisbee today I caught the "B".

We always see this street, and the Greyhound Bus
when we are on the traffic circle going into Bisbee. 
Today we turned in to see what was there.

This is some of what we saw. One time when we have
more time we will have to stop, get out, and walk 
around. Not really sure what it is about. It looked like
there were a few things open. We saw people dressed 
to match the age of the vehicles not sure if that is all
the time or because it was Halloween.

We took the wrong turn off the traffic circle
and ended up in another area of Bisbee.
I wonder if this were the people who owned or ran
the mine lived.

Circling back out of the area above we are making
our way back to AZ-80.

Coming into Douglas I could see the sun setting
in my rearview mirror.

Soon we were back home at the quiet of Rusty's RV Ranch and the Stinger "B" .

We are glad you stopped by!
If you have time to leave a comment we would enjoy hearing from you.


  1. Thanks for sharing your pictures, it sure looks like you are enjoying nice weather. We noticed that there are not many pictures with clouds, lots of beautiful blue skies. Wishing you a very nice Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you, hope you have a nice Thanksgiving, also. Even when the temperatures are a little cooler, no complaints it is not snowing, the blue skies still make for a beautiful day.

  2. Locks on bridges are usually done by “lovebirds” meaning they will be locked in love forever. Not sure it works!! Lol. I do love Bisbee but never seem to have enough time to explore it.

    1. Yes, we have seen those locks on other bridges. I guess Tom and I will just have to hope for the forever without a lock on a bridge.. Cute idea though.
      Bisbee is a unique and we have spent a little bit of time walking around, always fun to go in some of the shops. Tom would like to take the Mine tour, maybe next year.

  3. Very nice. My niece and her husband just spent a few days in Bisbee. They really enjoy that area.

    1. It is a cute little town. Fun to walk and ride around and see how some of the homes are decorated and painted.

  4. Its been a long time since we've been in that area. I'm loving your pictures and the memories they bring.

    1. I am glad to hear you are enjoying the pictures. That is always nice to hear.

  5. Enjoy going through that are. You must walk through the Lowell district before leaving the Bisbee area. Do a search of Lowell in my blog or Al's blog and you'll see why.

    1. We took a quick ride through but you are right, I checked your blog, we do need to walk through the Lowell District next time we go that way. Thanks for putting a name to it.

  6. By the way, congrats on the Winchester!!!

    1. Tom said, thank you. He is happy with the purchase.

  7. That was fun, seeing pictures of some places we've been. We like Bisbee too and Mule Tunnel Pass is always neat to see.

    1. I agree it is fun to see other peoples pictures of places we have been. I always find it interesting to see the different perspectives. Sometimes I will be looking and think how did we miss that.

  8. Ken wants a picture of Tom's new acquisition ! Were you able to find ammo for it? Every place here and online are OUT of the ammo we want. Love the pictures! So nice to see you enjoying! Hugs!

    1. We will send a picture and yes he did find the ammo/accessories that is what necessitated that second Plus, the gentleman who owned the place he bought it from had set aside a box of ammo to go to whoever bought the rifle. Hugs!

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