Welcome to New Mexico

After 28 wonderful days in Arizona, and at the end of another day of exploring, we were about to head east into New Mexico, but not before a brief stop in the US-Mexico border city of Douglas. Located 27 miles east of Bisbee, the copper city where we had spent the night in a haunted hotel,…

Bisbee, Arizona – “The Queen of the Copper Camps”

I mentioned at the end of the Tombstone blog, that we had “discovered” the town of Bisbee while reading an article in the Arizona Republic Newspaper. It is tucked away in the SE corner of Arizona, a mere 8 miles north of the USA-Mexico border, and the travel writer for the Republic described it as a “quirky, artsy town with…

“Standing Up Rocks”

As we neared the end of our 4-week visit to Arizona, there was one last National Historic site that caught my attention on the map – the barely pronounceable Chiricahua National Monument. The first thing I should tell you is that it is not particularly easy to get to, as there is no direct route, and once you…

Play Ball!

When we first started planning our adventure, right at the top of our “must do” list, was making sure we attended some spring training baseball games in Arizona.  We had talked about making the “pilgrimage” to Phoenix for several years, and something kept coming up that had us saying “next year for sure”. 2014 was finally going…

Ghost Towns of Cochise County and the road to Tombstone

Back in February when the dining room table was covered with books, notes, pamphlets, maps and website printouts, one of the things that caught our attention was an article entitled “Ghost Towns of Cochise County”.   The article indicated that there were upwards of 50 “ghost towns” in the area known as Cochise County and that it was…

While in Tucson….

I’ve already written about our hotel in the Tucson area – the Arizona Inn.  I also wrote blogs about our “underwhelming” impression of the downtown area and our visit to the Titan Missile Museum. All that’s left for me now is to tell you about two other attractions we visited in the area, and one…

The Cold War

When you are interested in social sciences as both Mary and I are, you occasionally find yourself in a position of personal conflict.  For example, we are both pacifists at heart but we grew up with parents who lived through the horrors of WWII.  So, when we went to England in 2008, our wanderings took us…

Thank Goodness for John Dillinger….

In case you’re wondering why anyone would be thankful for the life of a notorious gangster and murderer, if it wasn’t for the link between John Dillinger and an old hotel in downtown Tucson, I wouldn’t have very much of interest to tell you about our visit to that city.  Read on and see for…

The Arizona Inn

As we approached the Arizona Inn, my first impression was “its right in the middle of a local neighborhood”, as opposed to being nearby any businesses or office buildings.  And my first impression was correct.  It was in the middle of a suburban neighborhood which had built up around it, over the past 85 years….

Tucson, At Last!

After 3 weeks in the Phoenix area, I think we were ready to move on.  Not because we were unhappy there, or that we didn’t like it.  It was just time for a change.  Time to do something different.  After all, this trip was supposed to be about seeing and experiencing all kinds of new and…

On our way to Tucson

After a morning spent “restoring” our Jeep Grand Cherokee to its former glory (following it’s heavyweight confrontation with two Cactus plants on the Apache Trail), we set a course for Tucson, which if one drives in a straight line, is 116 miles SE of Phoenix, and less than a 2 hour drive. Of course, we…

Jeep versus Cactus

In my previous blog-post, I related the story of our journey on the Apache Trail, up to the Roosevelt Dam.  I spoke of how treacherous the journey could be on the narrow dirt roads, and that in some instances, there was only enough room for one car to get through at a time. One of…