Ahhh, Summer in the Winter...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Gilbert Ray Campground

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, January 10, 2013

It stayed warm at Cave Creek last night.  When I arose at a bit before six, it was still 44 degrees.  We're moving on today, so it's nice to get ready in the warmth.  According to the forecast from the "Weather Guesser," much colder weather is on the way.

We were off to Tucson today, but I really didn't want to take another Interstate.  I used google maps to set up a route to the east and then down past the Superstition Mountains near Globe.  We didn't go as far as globe, but to a town just before it.  Then we headed down AZ 177, a "black line" road on Lynn's map.  It was narrow, but scenic.  I wondered why there were so many motorcycles, until I saw the sign that read the Copper Corridor Scenic Road.  It was super twisty and crossed several small mountains with many grades of ten percent.  A good time to gear down and take our time.  There's a huge open-pit copper mine right by the road, about half way.  An ore train takes the material to a smelter and concentrator about twenty miles or so south.  Very reminiscent to me of the operations in Butte and Anaconda in the "golden years."  The pit in Butte is still gobbling up the earth yet today.  I'm wondering where the ore is now sent to be smelted, what with the Anaconda Smelter closure in nineteen-eighty-one.  If you've seen one Pit, you've seen 'em all seems to apply.  The first I've seen was at Bingham Canyon in Utah when I was but ten years old.  The pit we saw today began operations in the late fifties, based on the date of founding of the city of Ray nearby.  

We couldn't decide whether to stay at Catalina Lake CG or Gilbert Ray, which is closer to Tucson.  Ultimately, we wandered further and got lost, kinda, east of Tucson and ended up at Gilbert Ray.  It's in the Sonoran Desert, one for our favorite places.  The Tucson Desert Museum is not far from here.  Our friend Pete took us there last year.  He's a member, so had some passes for entry.  We're staying here two nights, at least.  High winds are forecast for tomorrow with the front coming in, so I'd just as soon be planted in one spot, so to speak, to see what happens.

As usual, the sunset was outstanding.  The pictures should show that.  It is calm and near sixty as I write this.  The high today was in the low seventies, perfect shorts weather for me.  Lynn?  Not so much...yet.

We will be heading down toward Sierra Vista in a few days to visit Joe's wife's Mel's parents.  We didn't get together last year, so hope it works out this trip.  We plan on staying at Fort Huachuca, just a few miles from them.

Lynn is playing a hot game of solitaire as I write this.  She asked it I'd like to play a game of cards and I had to honestly answer, "Not yet."

I don't think I've mentioned it, but Lynn got a new Nexus 10 Android tablet for her birthday/Christmas.  She's enjoying it and we're both learning the ins and outs of tablature.  I've put a new navigation App called Copilot Premium Live on it and it should be a great help for us as wanderers.  It has maps for all of North America, so we're excited to figure out how it all works.  It's all good.

Today, Thursday, we took a morning walk around the camp, about two miles.  I got a few photos of the area and flora.  We saw a few speedy birds which apparently didn't want to be shot, photo-wise, that is.
The wind blew off and on and a cold front should be here this eve, bringing freezing temps.  It' still all good.

See you soon, on paper, that is...
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Ferd on

Nice temps there....6" at the house and falling here! Love the shot of Lynner! Sounds like a nice twisty bike road! Hugs!

Cherie on

Good to not be here with road conditions. I was traveling from blgs to Helena for appointments at st peters and hit horrendous white out conditioned thru Townsend area. I stopped off a minute in Bozeman to see Healy and told her I had an unsettling feeling about something bad happening. She was headed home to gtf so she got on road 15 min behind me. When I came out of appointments at st Pete's at 3:45 I found out she crashed into guard rail in wolf creek canyon and was being brought to st Pete's. fortunately she just had bad concussion ( the car didn't fare as well). When I told MHP officer at ED that we would try to head home that night he explained he slipped and fell on ice by her car and slid 8 ft on his back in a felt coat.....we checked into the great northern hotel.

Mike Noble on

Hey....as usual, wonderful sunsets....I still think you should make some kind of slide show with music for all your sunset pictures. Also, we need to borrow about 30 degrees from you so we can pull our temps out of the single digits. Haven't met your renters yet but soon, I am sure. Amongst all your musings, I especially like your walk stories.....guess I am jealous since we can only do that slowly in snow shoes. Good and happy roads to you both.

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