|Different colors and textures designed by age and weather.|
|One of many large barns.|
|The rooms are stark with little done to create a feeling anyone lived here.|
|More effort in the dining room.|
|At the end of my wanderings through the house I find myself where I was supposed to have started. The walking tour pamphlet would have been nice :-)|
|In addition to the barns and corrals, the grounds include several outbuildings and trails.|
|Along Empire Creek is the Cotton Wood Gallery. Like at the San Pedro River, the trees here are enormous.|
|Minimal but informative signage.|
|A large herd of antelope cross in front of us, we give them a wide berth until they've moved on. Beautiful animals.|
|Ongoing efforts to remove the invasive mesquite that grew up after overgrazing stripped the plains.|
|Unique geology surrounds the area.|
One afternoon I remind myself that I'm a member of our little Amerind Museum and that I can go anytime! Less than an hour away, it's a nice drive east of Benson. Not another visitor shares the space with me, making for a safe, quiet, and very enjoyable few hours. No photos allowed inside, I take my time absorbing the beauty and history collected here. They will be changing some of the exhibits soon and I'm excited to see what's to come.
|Huge old doors from a church in Mexico, circa 1660.|
|This arachnid-looking "creature" startles me as I come around a corner!|
Jeff and I take a drive to Bisbee to take photos but the light is wrong so we end up with a yummy breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club and a bit of window shopping. The BBC does a nice job of separating diners, mandatory masks, one-use menus (one per table), and lots of sanitizing. And their food is still wonderful!
|I have to confess that one window did turn into actual shopping in a little store with no other people.|
In our house January 20 was a day of celebration. A day of relief. As much as hearing words of compassion and hope from our new president, I was encouraged by recognition of our losses to COVID, Eugene's honor, Amanda's power, and even Bernie's mittens. I see a bright future in spite of the hate that continues to bubble.
|Big boy Ezra on a warm day at his mountain home.|
|Happy, healthy and (almost) 3 month old Elliott.|