We continue west on I-10 Saturday morning. It's a beautiful drive under blue skies with very little wind. About 180 miles after leaving Las Cruces, we pull off in Willcox, Arizona.
As we pass through the main downtown area I keep telling Bill, "Remember it's only $18/night!" One out of 10 businesses remain open, most look like they have been closed for over a decade. Still, there are three RV parks here, supporting a Safeway by the interstate, and several eateries. Access to nearby Chiracahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site keep people like us coming here.
Pulling into Fort Willcox RV Park on the west end of town, we both have to laugh. Only $18/night! The sign on the door tells us to find a spot and the owner will see us when they return. We're still trying to figure out which ones are 50 amp when she shows up.
The Passport America park has all we need for the few days we'll be here. Dirt lot, FHUs with 50 amp, a shower and laundry we don't use, quiet, and close to what/who we want to visit. During our stay it fills up half the nights with travelers just passing through.
I'm in the mood for a good margarita and our host recommends La Unica. So do we! Excellent food and the margaritas are the best we've had in a long time.
And the 'cadillac' is ridiculous :-) Other patrons take photos of Bill's drink. We take home a dozen of the best homemade tortillas.
|If his glass looks larger than mine....|
|...it's because it is!!!|
Clyde and Sarah were in my class and have been married for 45+ years. Marvin was in Bill's class, and Jack was a few years ahead of us. While we've seen the other three at reunions, this is the first time we've seen Marvin since 1974. We have a wonderful visit, getting caught up on everyone's lives. We'll all be together again at the reunion in April - yay!
|Clyde and Sarah|
|Marvin, Bill, Jack and Clyde|
|Several fields have dozens of Sandhill Cranes|
|They come and go while we watch from a distance.|
|Their arrival is announced with their distinctive calls.|
|These beauties grab our attention on a small side road.|
|A nice climb|
|Piper getting her first desert pin-striping :-)))|
|Where do you get your mail??|
|Never get tired of the variety here.|
|I love the golden grass that covers the area this time of year.|
|The lovely 70 degrees gets warm on our way back.|
|The mining cabin of Jesse Millsap (1863-1929) remained unidentified for years until a park visitor recounted his boyhood memories of visiting his uncle here.|
|covered in prickly pear cactus.|
|Pistachio trees line the small road.|