September, 2016 browsing by month


Photos for Wikipedia

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Every once in a while, I go on a binge of taking photos for some Wikipedia project. (You may remember the lake work.) This month, they had a contest to gather photos of places on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a good chance for me to explore some things I hadn’t seen (or hadn’t looked at closely) around Douglas and Bisbee.

Here are the results. (The last three photos were taken in earlier years.)

Douglas Airport

Douglas-Williams Home Museum, Douglas, AZ

Hotel Gadsden (now for sale — they say if they don’t sell soon, they’ll close.)

Grand Theater, Douglas, AZ

Douglas Post Office

El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Passenger Depot, Douglas, AZ

El Paso and Southwestern Railroad YMCA, Douglas, AZ

(This building was recently purchased and is being restored. That’s a lot of work!)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Bisbee, AZ

Douglas Walter House, Bisbee, AZ

Evergreen Cemetery, Bisbee, AZ

John Treu House, Bisbee, AZ (also for sale)

Muheim House, Bisbee, AZ

Phelps Dodge General Office Building, Bisbee, AZ

Bisbee Womans Club Clubhouse, Bisbee, AZ

Silver Peak Lookout Complex, Portal, AZ

Fort Bowie, National Historic Site, Bowie, AZ

Chiricahua National Monument Historic Designed Landscape, Portal, AZ


Thursday, September 8th, 2016

It’s pretty quiet here, and so when a car we don’t recognize pulls up to the front gate, it’s always interesting. On Monday, a truck pulled up and parked. Getting out the binoculars, I saw two women, a man, and a child who I didn’t recognize. As the couple walked up the drive, we waved, and they waved back.

It turns out they are the people who own the piece of land to the west of us. In 8 years here, we’d never seen them. It turns out that they’ve been married 16 years, and the woman had never been there. Her husband hadn’t been there for 30 or so years. (His father bought the parcel and left part of it to him when he died.) They live in Tucson.

In fact, they weren’t even sure exactly where the piece of land was, which was why they’d stopped at our place.

They were very nice. We invited them in, talked for a while, and exchanged phone numbers.

It’s amazing to me that someone could own a piece of land that they’d never even seen, but it seems to happen a lot here. People buy cheap with some expectation that the price will go up. For most people, it’s not a place they can ever really imagine themselves living.

That suits us fine.


Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

It is one of the most lovely times of year to go camping here, and we took advantage of the long weekend to see a new place, Aguiree Springs in the Organ Mountains just east of Las Cruces.



These mountains are quite dramatic, and the hikes we did around them were beautiful. And because of the late monsoons, everything was in bloom! (And yes, the mosquitoes were in full force.)

It’s that time of year

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

This is lemon ginger pear preserves.

We are so grateful to our friends with fruit trees who share with us.