A quick to southern Arizona was a journey like no other.
Our trip was going smoothly until we reached mile marker 103 on Interstate 25 about 25 miles north of Truth or Consequences, NM. We heard a quick popping noise but felt nothing. Then our tire pressure monitoring system sounded an alarm. We had blown the back passenger inner dual tire. We safely pulled to the side of the road. After 5 hours of dealing with our extended warranty company and searching for a replacement tire, we were back on the road. To late to reach our original destination of St. Clair Winery (Harvest Hosts) we stayed at Elephant Butte State park .
Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson, AZ is a treasure! The campground is beautifully maintained. The caverns have excellent cave formations. It is a living cave so they take great care to protect it. Sealed doors keep the outside elements out. No cameras, water, bags, etc... so no pics to post of the cave. The park is located an hour east of Tucson, half an hour from Tombstone, and half an hour from Sonoita wine country.
Tombstone, AZ, the town too tough to die, began as a silver mining town. The streets are walked by Old West characters of all sorts. The stage coaches give rides through town. The OK Corral reenacts the famous shootout. The saloons, restaurants, and souvenir shops line Allen street.
The town of Bisbee is nestled 5,500 ft in the Mule Mountains. This mining town is now an artisan mecca. The city of a thousand steps lives up to it's name. Steps climb the steep mountain sides leading to houses that seem to be stacked upon each other. The winding streets are lined with beautifully restored historic building. The Queen Mine offers tours but we had to save it for the next visit.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.