We are getting closer to our winter spot, at least the same state, Arizona.
We deciding to stop at another Escapees Park in Benson AZ, about 45 minutes from Tucson. The rate was $70 a week plus electric which turned out to be an additional $12 for the week.
That evening we were invited to “happy hour” with our fellow campers
We were renting our site from an absent owner who had a cassita on their site.
The following day were we invited to tour the property, a sales pitch, but what the heck. We saw the different ways people had furnished their cassitas. It was a very nice property with clubhouse, community garden and quite inexpensive, but wevr just started our journey so not interested in purchasing.
We headed to Tombstone for a taste of the old west about 22 miles south.
We enjoyed looking at the people dressed in period costume. Apparently they dress this way every day
Went to a restaurant in Tucson 5 Points Market for brunch. It was crowded, must be good.
And it was.
After brunch we went to the local Tucson Farmers Market where we picked up some French bread, cheese and prosciutto for sandwiches.
It’s all about peppers here and they even decorate with them
This used to a be a forest of Saguaro cactus until it burned in 1930’s, it’s just growing back again now
We then headed to Bisbee AZ to the copper mine, and the Queen Mine Tour It was such a lovely town, very artsy, old hippies in great abundance. The town looked very much like a Swiss mountain village with houses perched on the side of a hill.
A nice little spot for lunch
Ready for our tour
I had a feeling they were going to put us to work
Riding into the mine shaft
Copper was excavated, then sent down shafts and into cars ready for removal from the mine
This site of the external pit was 850′ deep. They are hoping that the site will be used in the future as copper is so widely used
The concert was held at the Club Congress at the Hotel Congress. Fascinating hotel with 35 rooms. All hotel guests must sign a waiver that they wont complain about the noise, as there is a rock concert there most nights of the week
John Dillinger and his gang were captured in the old lobby
Their were 8 bars in this hotel, all were very unique
Dinner at the Cup Cafe before the show
The bar attached to the restaurant and another just outside
And then KT Tunstall
We went to a donkey sanctuary in Benson the Forever Home Donkey Rescue and Sanctuary
We were expecting the donkeys to be in pens, and were surprised that they were roaming free.
Apparently, you’re supposed to make an appointment so the carers can round them up before you arrive. But as we didn’t call ahead, we had to search for them. There were 27 donkeys living happily on 40 acres.
They had either been rescued from an abusive life or surrendered by owners that couldn’t keep them.
When we finally found a couple, more suddenly appeared an started to walk over
The carer was besotted with them and said they appreciated people coming to visit as the donkeys loved to be hugged and talked to and brushed
They all wore netting over their eyes to protect from the flies, but they could see fine
Rainbow Bridge was the burial site for those that had passed, all with little inscriptions
After playing with the donkeys, it was time for lunch. On a recommendation from Suzanne of Take To The Highway we went to Mi Casa
Just a little hole in the wall in Benson
Fabulous food, and good company, we spent our lunch talking to the people at the next table who live just south of Bisbee, in Naco, half of the town being in Mexico
Highly recommend hugging a donkey, its very therapeutic.