We are just finishing up our three day stay at the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near McNeal Arizona. It is a popular wildlife viewing area, and a free camping area! It is popular mostly for the opportunities to view sandhill cranes, doves, Mexican ducks, mallards, pintails, collared peccary and mule deer.
There are also a couple of great horned owls who have taken up residence under the large roofed shelter.
Camping is free, but limited to three days, and the only facilities are tables and a toilet building.
I checked out another good potential boondocking spot mentioned by Al of the Bayfield Bunch, and have recorded it in memory for future use, and decided to take in the Queen Mine tour in Bisbee. The tour is all underground, and is guided by retired miners who actually worked in the mines till they closed in 1975. Everyone gets a hard hat and miner’s light – the same as the one I wore during my short underground mining career while attending college.
Everyone rides into the mine on a little narrow guage railroad, then gets off and visits a few areas on foot.
One of the stairways we climbed up into a huge open chamber. And a ‘railroad bicycle’ they developed for the foreman to get around!
Explosives box and one variety of rock drill.
And the incredibly huge open pit mines right in the city.
Next, we’re headed east across southern Arizona …
WEST! I mean West across Az (thanks, Al!)