Near Tucson, the Sonora Desert Museum is nestled in the hills of the Saguaro National Park region. Habits are constructed to favour the animals' natural surroundings. We viewed bobcats, cougars, wolves, prairie dogs and big horn sheep. The reptiles included lizards and tortoise. An enclosed hummingbird garden presented a treasure hunt for flowers and umpteen of little sap-sipping beauties. The museum trails go for miles and offer desert information with labelled trees and plants. We confirmed the identity of many cactus we've seen on our journey and noted some to watch for.
Another day we toured the now defunct copper mine in Bisbee "Queen Mine" Everyone took great pleasure in donning the raincoats, hardhats and flashlights like the real miners wore back in the day. The narrow train took us down into the mine shafts where we viewed various methods used to find, remove and load ore. John, now in his mid-seventies, was a veteran miner and loved to share his passion for the underground as our tour guide! The mine temperature stayed at 47 degrees Fahrenheit and a constant cold breeze left no hopes of warmth in the tunnels. John shared various personal accounts of his close calls and comical pranks during his career. As with other dangerous professions, the men needed to have faith and trust in their coworkers to insure their safety. When we emerged from the mine, snow was falling gently.
Revisiting Tombstone was fun, seeing the western town with its cowboys and marshalls strolling about as if it was the 1870's. We enjoyed a beverage at Big Nosed Kate's where a crusty cowboy entertained live. Some Longhorns schmoozed with us as they were given their hay rations. Tombstone is a bona fide trip back in time. It's amazing what you see being transported on the roads while we are travelling.We watched a huge helicopter being towed around a corner in front of us.
Spent some extra time inside our motorhome, avoiding the cold and playing with the special features on Picassa.
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