Since the last post, I made one trip to be with my sister and go to Ghost Ranch. I enjoyed it but did not take pictures or make posts, it felt surreal in this time of covid. However, I am not getting any younger and if I am to do Quartzite and the RTR and WRTR this is going to be the year. Heading out after the holidays and I am determined not to be intimidated by crowds. I am going to enjoy Quartzite and AZ and record it all here.
I recently found information that my birth father Charles F Bruce was buried in Biloxi National Cemetary in Biloxi MS.
So off I went back to the land of humidity.
I found a death notice and where he lived and what I thought was his grave but, someone else was buried there. He had been moved six years after he was buried, as of now I still haven’t found out who moved him or where he is buried.
What makes this strange is my adopted Dad was also moved. A psychiatrist would probably tell me that I married 5 times looking for my daddy, I don’t plan to marry again but I am still looking for my daddy.
So I headed home with a freezer full of Cajun seafood.
Most of the rest of my trip was uneventful till I hit Junction TX and the Junction City Park. I planned on a nap and wound up spending the night.
If you can get a spot near this dam sleep is easy.
And it’s free, no hook ups.
To get off I-10 I took the Sheffield Loop exit to Hwy 90 which took me through Marathon, Alpine and Marfa to Van Horn. It is a good highway and very scenic.
From Van Horn to home
And more heritage. My grandmother taught school in the late 1920’s on a ranch in Orange NM and would often go down to Salt Flat Cafe and motel for entertainment. My mother had some neat pics of her in front of the motel in her flapper dress, most of the motel part is gone and the cafe is now closed.
One more side trip. Hueco Tanks is a must see archological site. These pics are just a tease till I go back.
There was so much destructive graffiti that they now limit the amount of people in the park. You can make reservations at the Texas State Parks website.
Just a short trip to test out my new Jackery 500 power station and Alpicool fridge. Which I recommend highly. I kept the jackery plugged into a 12v plug that is only powered when the engine is running and then the fridge (which I set to eco/save) to the jackery. Running overnight the Jackery never went below 85%, the night was cool, so the next trip will tell if it works harder.
Night one free at Whitewater Draw in McNeal AZ. I have lived in places with a lot of birds my whole life but this blew me away and most of them had already left.
No need for an alarm, the noise builds as the sun comes up and then they are off for breakfast.
Day and Night 2.
In 1999 I had a cerebral aneurysm while doing a show in Phoenix AZ and upon waking up my late husband Ron and I made a pledge that we would never put off seeing something along the way again. So we went to Tombstone on the way to our next show, I was kind of out of it on medication so it went on a bucket list to do again. Before he passed away he told me to finish the bucket list. I already ticked off Quartzite so Tombstone was next.
There are two lots for overnight parking behind the courthouse, cars, and vans in the second lot for $5 the first lot is car day use and RVs in the lot at the bottom of the street for $10.
This shot was taken early in the morning before the crowds.
Day 3 Bisbee and Cochise Stronghold.
What a neat town and I can’t wait to return. The museum and other venues I wanted to see were not open till the weekend so I have to go back.
This is what greeted me outside the museum.
The sign along I-10 for the Cochise Stronghold has always stirred the imagination.
First and foremost do not follow Google maps follow the road sign.
I had intended to stay the night at the stronghold, but a recent fire due to camper negligence reduced the camping area and I got there late so it goes back on the list and I get back on the Interstate heading home to get my jab..
Next trip next month to find my fathers grave in Mississippi.
When I quit smoking a few years ago I really had a hard time while I was driving so I started thinking about spending the lottery I would win someday. It really helped melt away the miles without a ciggy.
So now I am planning the road trip I will take when this shut down is over. And it will be over. We might have a new normal, but this will end.
However, I would love to find that van to do it in.
Does anybody have a trade? Fully functional older class A can spend time off-grid with no problems.
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