Trail to the Chiricahuas

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, January 31, 2011

We got up this morning to an oddity for us, cloudy skies.  It stayed in the mid-forties.  I had unnecessarily unhooked our water line, but that's better than any damage.  We first went to the hospital where I had some routine blood work done.  Not to worry, it's a medication thing.  

We drove then some forty miles to the Chiricahua National Monument north of our current base of Willcox, Arizona.  The weather at the Monument was cooler than in town, but tolerable, due to the fact that Lynnie loaned me one of her jackets and she donned her winter parka.  It was in the forties, so cold for her.  She had suggested that I take my rain jacket with, but due to my superior ability at forecasting everything, I didn't.  Imagine that, a guy who won't listen!  New for me too.  ;0)

We checked in at the visitor center and then headed on an eight mile drive to Massai Point.  How it got it's name, an African tribe, I do not know. I assumed that it would be evident from some obvious feature of the area, but it was not.  Another assumption gone bad.  It was quite windy off and on, with a few snowflakes, but the scenery is most beautiful.  The Apache called the formations "standing up rocks" and it makes sense when one sees them.  There are several balanced rocks and such.  The photos say a thousand words what would take me reams to explain.  A very worthwhile place to visit, if you're ever in this part of Arizona.  

Enroute back, the weather got nasty, with rain and wind and even a bit of snow.  This is actually the only nasty weather we've had since our sojourn in Las Vegas.  We plan on heading out in the morning to New Mexico, after over a month in the remarkable state of Arizona.  What surprised me most about this state, is the number of mountain ranges here.  It seems we're never out of site of the mountainous beauty.  Sunshine yes, but much, much more. 
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