Most importantly, I hope this post finds all of my friends safe and healthy. I am so grateful for those of you who have touched base with me here in Arizona. I am looking forward to visits from several of you. Speaking of visits from long time friends, I spend this past weekend escorting Jim Brown on first a Soggy Sunday tour of Sierra Vista and then on a Jeep ride guided by Jane and Leyman out of Bonita on the Klondyke Road.
Jim and I attempt to visit the museum at hoping to see the Buffalo Soldier exhibits there. We are sternly rebuffed at the base entrance by an extremely serious MP. Turns out the museums are closed on Sunday. Unfortunately, I believe Jim’s truck may now be on some sort of “list” as the guard held us from turning around until he had recorded Jim’s license plate.
A Drive with No View
Jane, who was tracking our travel progress via text, suggests that we climb up to the Coronado National Monument in order to catch the expansive view into Mexico. The narrow, twisty, climbing dirt road is exciting in Jim’s dually pickup truck. However when we reach the summit, the only thing we can see are clouds.
Re-Tracing the Klondyke Trail
You may remember this splashy ride from last year. Storm and I joined the Jeep group from San Pedro RV park to take our new (to us then) Rubicon wading across the many stream crossings in the Aravaipa Canyon just outside of Willcox, AZ. This Monday, Jim rides shotgun for a re-creation of last year’s scenic jaunt. He promises to make sure I handle the Jeep transmission properly on the trail. But I have no need for concern as this ride is gorgeous, but very tame so my non-existent off road skills are not tested.
On Tuesday, Jim meets me at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson on his way home. The raptor show here tests my agility as the birds zoom through the crowds barely clearing my head. Wild animals and desert gardens inhabit the many acres of this diverse park. Glad for the cloudy skies and cooler temps, Jim and I exhaust our photographic energy after a few hours. Sights from Jim’s visit are shown below.