Snow in Benson

 

This was the view out our front door about 1PM today. The temperature dropped to 35 degrees, the wind was blowing about 25 and there was LOTS of snow coming down. Not sticking, but cold and windy. Now at 4PM the sun is out and the clouds are gone. The temp is heading towards 50 but the wind is still with us.  
We’re heading over to the event hall for a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance. I’m sure glad the rain and snow are gone.
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A short trip to Wilcox, AZ

These first three pictures are in the Dragoon Mountains about 15 miles east of Benson on I-10. Some of the rock formations along the interstate are spectacular and these pics from a moving car don’t do them justice.

This is a roadside pull-off with awesome long vista views of the Dragoon Mountains and the valley to the east.

Wilcox is the birthplace and hometown of Western star and singer Rex Allen. This is his gravesite on the edge of town and across the street from the Rex Allen Museum.

Another hometown boy was singer and actor Marty Robbins. There is a lot of Marty Robbins memorabilia in there.
Below are some of Rex Allen’s costumes from his singing career. The silver mounted saddle is a parade saddle made in California for him.

 

During this quick trip we found the oldest continually operating store in Arizona where Kathy and I purchased some western wear on sale. It is the Wilcox Commercial, owned by only 3 families since 1880. All these attractions are on Railroad Ave. in Wilcox.
We will return to Wilcox in the next several weeks to see the approx. 30,000 Sandhill Cranes that winter here. Then we will go up to the Chiricahua National Monument in the Chiricahua Mountains south of Wilcox. This is also the location of the Cochise stronghold where he lived out his days. We’ll do a blog post when we go.

 

We go horseback riding

This is a beautiful rock formation on the way to Ft. Huachuka I call The Tierra

We decided to join a park activity of a monthly ride from the Buffalo Roundup stables at Ft. Huachuka last week. These first few pictures are the rock formations and mountains on the way from Benson to Ft. Huachuka.

These pictures were taken at 60 mph so the foreground is a little blurry.

In about 2 months, this desert area will be alive with blooms. Unfortunately, we won’t be here then.

Here we are arriving at the Buffalo Roundup Stable.
This facility is actually open to the public with a picture ID to get on the base. A one hour guided ride is only $15 and includes all gear except a padded seat..lol.. This part of the base is quite beautiful with long vistas and interesting terrain.

This burro is a pet and has free reign of the property.

Here is the farrier re shoeing the horse that Kathy would later ride.

Looking off to the east from the stable parking lot.

Some of the many horses available to ride.

I’ve never seen a horse cross his back legs like this.
This last picture is taken atop Roscoe, my trusty steed for this endeavor. This was my first time doing this and after the last picture was taken, the camera was bumped from my pocket and I didn’t realize it for about 10 minutes. No one found the missing camera that day, but I was called 2 days later that the staff had found it. I only wish I had a picture of Kathy and I getting off after an hour or so. We haven’t been that sore in a very long while. I’m not sure we will do this again soon, but who knows?