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Chiricahua National Monument Sunday Drive

Yesterday Bill and I spent the day visiting Chiricahua National Monument, which is one of my favorite places to go around here. I say “around here” loosely, since we drove over 225 miles yesterday, so it is not exactly close by.

We packed a lunch and ate at the visitor’s center. It had rained earlier in the day, so the creek near the visitor’s center actually had water in it!

Rushing waters at Chiricahua National Monument

These are some of the rock formations near the visitor’s center:

Rock formations at Chiricahua National Monument

Then we drove to Massai Point, elevation 6875 ft. The last time we visited, we were unable to drive up the mountain due to the 2011 wildfire. Even though they’ve completed repairs to the road, evidence of the wildfire was everywhere, as you can see from this tree:

tree atop Massai Point

One of the reasons I so enjoy going to the monument is that the drive there takes us through the Sulphur Springs valley, an area that includes irrigated farm land and grazing pastures that green up beautifully during the Monsoon season.

Grasslands in Sulphur Springs Valley

As we headed towards Bisbee from Douglas, the sun was covered by a cloud, which certainly made driving easier, since we were heading west, directly into the sunshine. It always made a spectacular picture:

Sunburst

All in all, it was a pleasant day. We haven’t taken a day trip like that in several months, so it was a nice diversion from our usual weekend routines lately.

For more pictures of Chiricahua National Monument, you can visit these posts:

Faraway Ranch at Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

More of Chiricahua National Monument

Last of the Chiricahua pictures

Organ Pipe Formation

Tree at Massai Point

Chiricahua National Monument Entrance

Amore Arizona – Desert Sunsets

Saturday we drove to Phoenix and visited with family, which is always nice. When we left home, the sun was shining brightly, but we could see low dark clouds all around us and sure enough, the snow began to fall just north of Huachuca City and continued until the outskirts of Tucson.

Falling snow in Arizona

And then we were back to sunshine!

Arizona desert

For most of the day it was sunny and very cool, especially by Phoenix standards. We did even have a little spell of raindrops on the windshield while in Phoenix, but not enough to even run the wipers.

On the return trip we were treated to the most spectacular sunset between Picacho Peak and Marana (north of Tucson). The mountains to the east were getting rain/snow and the setting sun cast its red hues on the clouds, making it appear like the mountains were on fire.

Arizona Mountain view

Arizona Mountain sunset "fire"

And the sunset was gorgeous!

Arizona sunset

Arizona sunset

These were taken from inside the car, going down the Interstate at 75 mph! The first two I took with my cell phone and the rest with my camera. The cell phone does a really good job and I may end up using that more than my camera! And yes, Bill was driving. If I had been driving, we’d have been camped out on an overpass taking pictures until dark!

This post is part of my Amore Arizona series that I mentioned in my post on Contentment,
in which I write about and post pictures of the things I love about Arizona.

Amore Arizona – Winter Along The Huachuca Mountains

Yesterday I posted about our wintry day in Bisbee. Today I’m sharing the pictures I took on our drive back home to Sierra Vista.

It was an unusual day for southeastern Arizona, although one to be anticipated now and again during the winter. The temperature was in the thirties, the wind was blowing hard from the west, clouds hung low over the mountains, and snow swirled off and on. And yet, just a few miles to the north, you could see the sun shining brightly and by the time we got home, the snow as gone.

snow on the Huachuca Mountains

snow on the Huachuca Mountains

looking southwest into Mexico

Looking southwest into Mexico.

clouds and snow on the Huachuca Mountains

The Huachuca Mountains

Some days I love living here!

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