Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Home again

After a long days drive, we made a stop in Forest City Iowa to visit and tour the Winnebago plant. It was a good tour and we appreciate the workmanship that is put into their rigs. The tour was not as impressive as the Red Bay visit to Tiffin but we enjoyed it. And the next morning we drove home and Blue is so happy to be in his big house. It was a warm winter and MN decided to welcome us back with 70 degrees, spring is here!

Friday, April 4, 2014

4 states in one day!

Four states in one day, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, and most of the drive looked like this! Well at least there was no snow.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pueblo's of the Gila area

Many questions surround the people who built the cliff dwelling along the upper Gila River within the canyons natural caves. While many different people lived in the area for thousands of years only one group was motivated to build inside the caves, but they stayed no longer than one generation which puzzles archeologists today. These dwelling differ from those of the ancestral Puebloan people north of the area we explored a few years back. These people grew corn beans and squash in the valley near by before leaving the area. The structures were built between 1276 and 1287 moving on in 1300.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Silver City New Mexico

The valley that is now the site of Silver City once served as an Apache campsite. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the area became known for its copper mining. After the Civil War, a settlement developed and a wave of American prospectors brought change to the area and Silver City was founded in the summer of 1870. The founding of the town occurred shortly after the discovery of silver ore deposits at Chloride Flat, on the hill just west of town. Following the silver strike, Captain Bullard laid out the streets of the Silver City, and a bustling tent city quickly sprang to life. Captain Bullard never lived to see even the beginnings of permanence, as he was killed in a confrontation with Apache raiders on February 23, 1871. Today the town tries hard to be an artist community and we enjoyed our stay at a PA RV resort, Rose Valley RV. Nice place to stay and close to town. Best of all, the neighbors were very quite (the park sits next to a cemetery).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fort Bowie

In a land that is very dry, an unfailing water supply becomes a resource worth fighting and dying for and in this part of Arizona in the 1800's that is exactly what happened. Once white settlers found this resource through the heart of Apache homeland the troubles began and with increased hostility Fort Bowie was built to protect both the pass and the spring. Named after Col. George Washington Bowie the fort was the center for campaigns against the Apache, led by Cochise and after his death by Geronimo. Today visitors can see the remnants of the original buildings and photos of the fort when it was in it's full working days. It is a mile and a half hike in but we enjoyed the rangers discussion and a walk around the historic grounds.