Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Arrival Davis Monthan AFB-Tucson

13 November 2019

Before leaving Ft Huachuca Campground got picture of Bobcat and 3 deer.

Three Deer

Bobcat


Our drive to Davis Monthan AFB and our home until the 30th was easy..only 75 miles via Hwy 90 to IH 10 and exit 270. We were fortunate to get a site #264 in area back of office. We normally have stayed across from the office, but found we like this side better..gravel,long pull in and spaces are roomier. Our friends Dick and Deb are here as well as couple Millie and Regie we met at Kirkland AFB in ABQ on our way down. We also have friends Marla and Bill who live here and our other RV friends  Ken and Connie we met at Wright Patterson in 2012 will be here this weekend.

Davis Monthan AFB Site #264


Of course our most important reason for visiting is son Darin and son-in-law Kerry who moved here several years ago. Darin is a middle school science teacher and Kerry is a designer with Bassett Furniture.

Kerry & Darin


14 November 2019

Tonight we went over to Darin and Kerry's for dinner and as always it was delicious and enjoyable. They have a beautiful home decorated to perfection and warm. Relaxing to enjoy wine and nosh on the patio. We will spending more time with them while we are here. Thank you for a relaxing evening. We will be spending Thanksgiving with them.

Patio

Another View

Kerry, John & Darin

John, Darin & Kerry

With Son, Darin


Yesterday treated myself to a manicure..no polish. First time in over 20 years. Think I will start going once a month.

We are seriously thinking about spending more winter time here instead of Nellis AFB in LV. Campground has lots of activities and several of the RV dealers bring in RV's and food from time to time.

Weather is good..sleep with window open at night. John thinks he heard coyotes during the night.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Deer and Other Things in Campground at FT Huachuca

12 November 2019

Well, we depart tomorrow for Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson until the 30th. While there we will visit with RV friends and son Darin and son-in-law Kerry.

Must say we will miss this park and have intentions of returning in January 2020 if not before. Brenda who manages the office does a wonderful job and have enjoyed our conversations. This is one of the quietest parks we have stayed and of course, the wildlife especially the deer always add to the enjoyment. When we were here in November 2009 for 3 nights due to the rattlesnake signs which have now been removed, said I would never return..but John convinced me and I am glad he did. Fortunately did not see any snakes, but sure they are around.

Had some beautiful sunsets and rainbows and fall foliage is pretty. Town of Sierra Vista affords some good shopping and restaurants. Weather was ideal. Had a good view of the Aerostat.

Rainbow

Double Rainbow

Beautiful Sunset
Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Cholla

View of Aerostat from Campground

Ready to Launch


Yesterday when I arose saw three deer trying to find their way back from campground. They were trying to figure out how to get on the other side of fence. They would go one direction and then turn around and go in the opposite direction. Finally they trotted down the road and found their way back to the grazing area behind the campground. Can never get enough deer photos.

Assessing the Situation

How do we get on other side of fence?

Maybe this way

Follow me

Maybe this way

Think we figured it out




Even asked one deer to pose for me while driving out 1 day. She was very cooperative and seemed to know I wouldn't harm her.

Here's Looking at You


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Camp John A Rucker, AZ

04 November 2019

A 160 mile drive rt to Camp Rucker NE of Elfrida in the Coronado Forest via Charleston Hwy from base through the town of Tombstone and Gleeson hwy to Hwy 191 to North Rucker Canyon Drive (22 miles of dirt gravel). Of course the GPS led us astray and we had to ask directions from a fire station worker; otherwise we may never have found it as there are no markings and the site is off the road and not visible. He also warned of possible rattlesnakes along the hike. Well with this warning, I decided to stay in the car. So the photos are compliments of John. On the drive a warning sign about smuggling and illegals, so this made me cautious. Always keep our passports with us this close to the border.




Camp John A Rucker (1878-1880) was originally called Camp Supply, renamed Camp Powers and then John A Rucker after 1st Lt who drownedwith a fellow officer while crossing a river near the camp. It was abandoned in 1880.  The camp was established to support troops pursuing the Chiricahua Apache. Some remains still exist. It is said that Wyatt Earp visited the camp in the 1880. The site was later used as private ranch.

Entrance to Site




Bakery




Returning back we had the dust,dirty car washed at Mister Car Wash in Sierra Vista and stopped at Culver's for a custard.

Weather has been ideal since we arrived...in the 70's and 50's at night with slight breeze.




Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fort Bayard,City of Rocks & Santa Rita Coppermine

29  October 2019

After touring Pancho Villa SP, we drove up to City of the Rocks off Hwy 180 and 61 around 30 miles from Deming north.

City of the Rocks SP is a rock formation in the Chihuahuan desert region of New Mexico at an elevation of 5200 ft.The Geologic formation is made up of sculptured rock columns rising 40 ft.It is unlike any rock formation we have seen. The park offers camping, hiking and biking trails.












From here we drove north to Bayard and the Fort Bayard site. The site is in a state of disrepair and only a few of the housing buildings plus a few others remain. The site has a huge Javelina population that seem to roam the area and take shelter under the housing.







The fort was constructed in 1866 after the Civil War to control unrest with the Apache and Navajo forcing them off their lands in order to open the lands for the settlers. In the Southwest they had been in conflict with the Spanish and Mexican settlers for over 200 years. The Army intensified the campaign with forced extermination and confinement. Buffalo Soldiers served here receiving Medal of Honors for their heroic deeds. One interesting story is that of a 22 year old Buffalo soldier who was a former slave and joined the Union Army at Jefferson Barracks. He was stationed at Fort Cummings and here. In 1868 he was discharged after a surgeon treated him discovered that he was a she. in 1886 2nd lt John Pershing was also stationed here and given the assignment of extablishing heliograph stations.

In 1899 the War Department established a sanatorium at the Fort. In 1920 the Fort was transferred to the United States Public Health Service and then to the Veterans Bureau. From 1900 to 1922 tuberculosis patients continued to be treated here.In 1944 German POW's arrived here to fill a labor need. In 1965 the Fort was transferred to the State of New Mexico and it served from 1965 to 2010 as a long term care facility for veterans and civilians.

A new Medical Center was completed in late 2010 near the Fort.

Our final stop was to view the Santa Rita Copper Mine site which is huge and has a history dating back to the Apache nation who had settled the land.The present open pit mining was started in 1909. As of 2014 the mine employed over 1000. There is a detailed history of the mine on Wikipedia.





Returning back to Deming, we met Dick and Debbie for dinner at Chinese House on Pine. Very good and enjoyed our visit and catching up on our RV adventures. See you on the 13th at DM.

Dinner with Dick & Debbie


30 October 2019

Departed early for the 200 mile drive to Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista AZ off Hwy 90. This is our 2nd visit since 2009.We will be here for 2 weeks. A very nice campground and base. May return next year for a longer stay.

Site #11

Javelina's

Deer



Deer in the Campground