Rain takes us all the way to Tombstone on Tuesday morning. Clearly there has been a lot of it this year as the desert is covered in blooms. Although muted through the wet air, they're beautiful. I've never seen acres of Desert Mallow - my favorite!
|Lots of orange on both sides of the highway.|
|A hill in the distance looks like it has a water mark along the side - it's all flowers.|
|Blooming Brittle Bush borders the lanes.|
With the exception of being at a body of water, it checks all our boxes so I have been looking at available properties. We're here for two weeks to see what might work for us! No plans to come off the road, there's still too much we haven't seen. But adding a winter base is something we're ready to look at.
The first several days are cold and wet - really cold! On our first nice day we meet up with a local realtor who like so many, many people, our friends have known for years. We laugh at the second choice until we really check it out.
Although we learn it was taken off the market, we're hoping to talk with the owner about an offer. With nice views, 3+ acres and all the utilities at the site, it's a perfect spot to put our own home once cleared of the current "residence".
|Might be more fixer-upper than we're prepared for.|
|We do like an open floor plan.|
|A soaking tub is at the top of my must-haves!|
|Lots of natural light.|
Although Anna is third generation Tombstone, and Donnie has been here thirty years, neither of them have been to nearby Kartchner Caverns. It's a fun day when we all head there for a couple hours. The tours are all full, but we enjoy the grounds and the video. The deep cavern was discovered by two local cavers in 1978, and the state park opened to visitors in 1999.
Although I don't do well in underground or tight spaces, and we've never visited any caves, I'm sure we'll be back to visit this one.
|Tools are displayed as they were used to access the cavern.|
|The grounds are lovely in their simplicity.|
|Days after freezing temps, trees are flowering.|
Besides Tombstone, another area we really like is Sonoita, Arizona. I'm especially in love with the golden grass plains. The four of us check out some available lots that we really like. It is very peaceful here. But it's 30 miles from our friends and the little community that we also like. Also, ten acres is more than we need or can afford.
|I would love to have this address :-)|
With two weeks to hang out, we get into a comfortable routine of March Madness, cribbage games, delicious home cooking, trips to Sierra Vista, exploring properties, and lots of laughs.
|Her Fluffiness spends her time on her comfy couch...|
|...helping with laundry.....|
|....or ready to go!|
Not only has Anna been here her whole life, so have many cousins and other family members. It becomes a joke that one of every five houses we pass is a cousin!
The temps have been steadily climbing and our last day is in the 80's!
We're so grateful for these wonderful friends who always spoil us and make us feel very much at home here. And here being home is something we're looking forward to whenever it happens :-)
Next we head to Tucson for a week of getting things done before we head north.