South East Arizona 2012.

I departed Silver City early on Sunday morning and headed South toward Lordsburg, New Mexico, along the way I crossed the Continental Divide once again.  I don’t know why, but whenever I cross the “Divide” I always think back to the pioneers and what it must have been like to cross the South West in horse and buggy 150 years ago.  The hardships they faced and the resolve they showed in order to have a better life for themselves and their families is truly remarkable.  I know there are two sides to the remarkable story of how the West was won, one side seen from the perspective of the Settlers and the other perspective is from the Indians!

Above, an example of the “hardships” pioneers faced in the South Western United States over 100 years ago.

Above, the scenery changed drastically shortly after I crossed the New Mexico – Arizona State Line!

Above, the famous Western Town of Tombstone, Arizona.  It’s amazing how a 30 second gunfight at the OK Corral put this dusty little mining town on the map for the last 130 years!

Below, the Famous Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona.

Above, some of the Old West sights from Tombstone, Arizona.

Below, the Cochise County Courthouse in Tombstone, Arizona, now a museum.

Above, the entrance to the OKCorral in Tombstone, Arizona.  I did’t enter the courtyard where the gunfight took place.  I decided after reading the details at the Museum that I had enough information!

Below, a young cowboy pauses to let me take his picture on the street.  He like many of the “cowboy-actors” are not originally from Tombstone but came there because of their love of the old west.

Below, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona.

After a few hours in Tombstone, I had enough of 6 shooters and cowboys and decided to go visit Bisbee, Arizona a much different town!  Bisbee landed on the map after the discovery of one of the richest copper mines in history.  After the mines closed in the early 1970s the town started to become a mecca for artists!

Above and below, the Lavender Mine in Bisbee, Arizona.  Known as the “Queen of Copper Mines” in its day because of how profitable it was!

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.