A quirky Arizona town

From Tombstone, Arizona, we continued south on Highway 80 to the town of Bisbee.  I’d heard a lot of fun things about this former mining community and was really looking forward to exploring this quirky little town.  Al and I anticipated Bisbee being similar to the town of Jerome, which we loved thus we were excited to experience Bisbee.BisbeeThe previous four days my energy had been low and I had a scratchy throat.  I just wasn’t feeling like myself.  As opposed to my usual go go go enthusiasm, I found myself having to push just to get out the door for any explorations.  So as I share my thoughts on Bisbee, bear in mind my state of health.

During its heyday, Bisbee was a bustling mining community centered around the Queen Anne mine.  Today Bisbee is a tourist destination complete with art galleries, gift shops, museums, and mining memorabilia. Once the Queen Anne Mine ceased mining activity it was quickly turned into a tourist experience.  Each mine tour is guided by a former miner.

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Lots of stairs throughout town

We thought we’d take one of these interesting mine tours after lunch.  First we explore the town and shops.  I love the old buildings and architecture.  The town is also known for its abundance of stairs and even conducts a race every year.

Bisbee Arizona
And more stairs

Many of the shops were closed the day we visited and the ones that were open were vastly overpriced.  $95 for a cotton blouse seems a tad much to me.  Moving on, we couldn’t wait to have lunch at Santiagos and boy it did not disappoint.  The food was great.  I would consider going back to Bisbee just to eat at Santiagos.Santiagos Bisbee Arizona

After lunch we strolled around town a little more.  I wasn’t feeling up to touring the mining museum or doing the Queen Anne Mine tour.  We decided to hop in the truck and drive around…..I just wasn’t “getting it” and I was trying really hard to like this quirky Arizona town. What was I missing?architecture in Arizona

Driving Bisbee’s side streets in a F250 with extended bed proved to be a bit of a challenge and probably not the smartest decision we made that day.  At one extremely narrow point there was concern we’d be stuck between two buildings.  Thank goodness we’re not a dually because we definitely would not have fit.  I felt like we were driving through a small village in Europe…..tight squeeze.  The architecture was enjoyable.

Al and I were disappointed with Bisbee.  Was it because I wasn’t feeling well?  Was it because we didn’t tour the mine or museum?  I don’t know, but just because we weren’t ‘feeling the vibe’ doesn’t mean you won’t.  Check out Amanda‘s take on Bisbee.  She and Tim had a great time in Bisbee.

There’s so much more to see and do in southern Arizona and if I had been feeling better you bet I would’ve taken in more of the sights…sights I was really looking forward to seeing since last year.  Oh well, guess we’ll just have to catch some of these sights on the next time through.  We have an appointment in Phoenix on Feb. 19th we need to get to…….   (remember; due to illness I’m behind in my blog posts but catching up)

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enjoying gorgeous sunsets every night from our campsite at Lake Pleasant near Phoenix AZ

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Farewell…until we meet again!

It was the second week in February and our time in Texas had come to an end…..a rather reluctant end I might add.  Al and I were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed our stay in Texas and we’re already looking forward to returning next winter.

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Egyptian Geese at Canyon Lake, Texas

Although initially saddened to bid farewell to Texas, it isn’t long before the excitement of hitting the road and heading toward a new location takes over.  I’m still not sure what came over us that we decided to travel from San Antonio, Texas, to Las Cruces, New Mexico, via one very long day, but that’s precisely what we did.  We managed to put west Texas in the rear view mirror after a nine-hour, 600 mile travel day. Farewell Texas, until we meet again!

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Filling up with gas in New Mexico

We settled into a nice RV Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for an overnight.   The folks at Sunny Acres were super nice.  We were given a roomy pull-thru site allowing us to keep the truck and 5th wheel connected and the bonus…..a brewery located just down the street within walking distance offering a nice meal and cool beverage after a very long day of travel.  Yes, we would stay at Sunny Acres RV Park again.

milepost 0Travel day two was easy in comparison to travel day one as we found ourselves on the road less than four hours.  We drove approximately 230 miles from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Benson, Arizona.

We arrived in Benson, Arizona and quickly set up home for the week at a lovely Escapees RV Park.  This was our first time staying at the SKP Saguaro RV Park and they just happened to be running a special for first timers; $50 for the entire week…..score!

SKP Saguaro
RV Park – SKP Saguaro Coop, Benson AZ

This RV Park came highly recommended by friends and it definitely did not disappoint.  There’s easy access to miles of desert hiking trails just behind the RV Park.

Benson RV Parks
Just beyond this gate are miles of trails

Benson Arizona RV Parks

The sites are very well spaced and it’s convenient Benson location makes it a great base camp to explore southern Arizona.  And to top things off the folks are ALL super friendly, engaging, and warm.  This may become a regular stopping point for us as we travel between Arizona and Texas.

Benson Arizona
Our spacious site with lovely views
Escapees RV Saguaro Benson
There were several of these rock arches along trails and in the park

romanceValentine’s Day just happen to fall during the middle of our stay at the Escapees Saguaro RV Coop and we attended a Valentine’s Dinner hosted by park volunteers.  Dinner; surf & turf – lobster and steak – followed by a delicious dessert of Bananas Foster, one of my all time faves.  The food was outstanding and once again, we felt very welcomed.  What a lovely evening and to top things off each gal was given a long-stemmed rose.

The next day Al and I were off to explore Tombstone and Bisbee………Benson RV ParkUpdate:  We’re currently camped at Pleasant Harbor located northwest of the city of Phoenix, Arizona.  I’m still in the process of recovering from the flu and continue to struggle with a lack of energy and persistent cough……but hey, no complaints as I didn’t end up in the hospital or pushing up daisy’s thus I consider myself lucky.  So until I regain my strength we won’t be traveling, exploring, or hiking.  I’ll enjoy my lovely view of Lake Pleasant and the gorgeous sunsets every evening while hanging in my lounge chair.  Photos of those sunsets forthcoming!

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