Today, we went exploring. Starting in Patagonia we drove to Tombstone, an historic town of some renown, but a little over the top for us on the oh-so-cute-tourist-trap scale.
After wandering Tombstone for a bit, lunch and a beer, we decided to return to Patagonia via a circle route. We dropped south to Bisbee, a darling town, dangling from the hillsides, but we needed to keep going as it was quickly getting late. Leaving Bisbee, but still in the city limits, we found Bisbee's Achilles heel, a huge hole in the ground.
The gem of our day's travels though was to return to Patagonia via Montezuma Pass. The unpaved road was steep, winding and dusty, causing me to sneeze and sniffle and blow my nose the entire way, but loving it anyway. From Bisbee, 5300', we wound our way up to Montezuma Peak, 6700', and then back down to Patagonia, 4000'.
|Headed up to the peak from the south.|
|The black line you see in the lower left of this photo is the wall between Arizona and Mexico.|
|Commonly seen on all back roads within 100 miles of the border.|
|This is the road up to the peak.|
|The Arizona Trail at the top|
|Looking down the other side.|
A stunningly beautiful drive, finally getting back to Patagonia at almost 8:00. Tired, and ready to retire from this day, yet pleased with the beauty we discovered.
"I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams..."
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince