Through Texas and back to Arizona
Monday, August 06, 2007
Bisbee, Arizona, United States
We had a leisurely start after our long day yesterday, doing the laundry and having some internet access, then headed for El Paso in Texas en route back into Arizona. It was a nice scenic drive for the first 30 miles or so, and we stopped at the Guadeloupe Mountains NP for a look at the desert displays and mountain views.
The scenery changed as we crossed the plains past the salt flats, following the Butterfield Stage route of mail delivery; we stopped at the flats and read the info boards about the so-called Salt War of El Paso in 1877. According to the grave marker the resentment over private control of the salt lakes entailed the loss of many lives and much property – a sad epitaph.
El Paso was really busy, and in trying to avoid the town centre we somehow managed to get off route. We eventually found ourselves on Hwy 9, which turned out to be a parallel route to the I-10 and with virtually no traffic at all – hooray! It runs quite close to the international border with Mexico but all we saw (thankfully) were some border patrol vehicles, turkey vultures and not a lot else.
We crossed the state border with Arizona and arrived in our destination of choice, Bisbee. This is a lovely little Victorian town with lots of original buildings and a huge open cast copper mine. The RV site is tiny, space for only 10 outfits, but thankfully with only 4 pitches occupied; it is right next to the entrance to the Queen Mine and the office was deserted, but the natives were very friendly and told us just to "park up & plug in" so we did. We really fancied bbq-ing our steak for tea but it was pouring with rain – no problem, we just wound out the (Hubby-mended) awning and cooked.