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Off-roading in Mescal, Az

If your looking for a new area to go off-roading, Check out Mescal Rd. It is only about a 40 minute drive from Tucson! Off exit 297. The road is about 16 miles. The first three is paved and the first eight is suitable for any car. As you head through the dirt road you will see the Rincon Mts that surround the valley. Also for hikers , you can go to Forest Rd 35 if you want to hike Miller trail, I also saw a sign that said Turkey trail. Here are some photos of this area.

I managed to get this photo from outside the gate, but there are many tracks off to the right Leading towards it! Another words, a small gate won’t stop people from going in!

This western movie studio had some big Hollywood stars and movies made here! This is called Old Tucson’s sister studio and has been standing for 50 years! It was used for the movie “Tombstone” the gunfight scene. The saloon was used for the movie “The quick and the dead” also “The three amigos” so it has had many many Hollywood actors and actresses!

Going up Mescal Rd
Along the side of the road
You will see ranches, lots of cows hanging out on the side of this rd., a couple ranches.
You can go through this gate, just close it when you go through, there is no, No trespassing sign!
A lot of tall trees everywhere, very pretty!

Well, the road goes on, but I won’t spoil the rest of this trip, you gotta check it out yourself! All that’s missing is water, I see a lot of campfire rocks built in different areas, but I did not see many “No trespassing “ signs, . So just use common sense when going. Have fun!!!!! Crank up the tunes and drive!

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The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

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The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

The two-story building built by the Schnebly’s was used as a post office, hotel, general store, truck farm
The Schnebley family, far left is T.C.. Schnebley, daughter Pearl, Ellsworth, and The lovely, Sedona

Sedona was first found by the first Europeans, from a Spanish expedition in search of gold.It was in 1583, when the first settlers came, but it was very first occupied by the ancient Sinagua about 10,000 years ago. The Sinagua people had pets, such as dogs, parrots, and kept wild turkeys as a food source.However, They mysteriously disappeared or just simply left. To this day, it remains a big mystery!Other tribes were the Hopi, Yavapai, Apache. In Sedona, there are literally hundreds of ruins in Sedona. As you read farther in, I will give you some of the historic places and interesting Spots to go see!

The creation;

Sedona was once at the bottom of the sea 330 million years ago. And the shells of sea creatures formed a red wall limestone due to its color. The result of iron oxide deposited in the rocks by water in later eras.

Here are Some of the names of the first pioneer settlers who came to Oak creek in 1880, were Jesse “Bear”Howard, also known as Charles Smith Howard. Jack Robinson, John L.V. Thomas, William Dyer, James Schuerman, Adolf Willard, John H. Lee.Theodore Carlton Schnebley also known as T.C. Schnebley, the first postmaster. Sedona was named after T.C.’s wife, Sedona Arabella Miller.

Sedona and her husband T.C.
Hollywood made movies in Sedona, this photo is a movie set in Sedona. There were many western movies made in Sedona.

Most of these pioneers were farmers and cattle ranchers, while many were sick with Malaria .Life was very difficult. A journal Was written by Sedona Schnebley explains the hardships they endured and even the death of her daughter in a tragic accident.

Sedona and T.C worked very hard, As Sedona had to wash the clothes in Oak creek, and she also had to run the hotel. T.C. Sold the fruits that grew in the Oak creek Orchard that they grew. As well as being the postmaster!The Oak creek orchard was a big success and was sold to to Jerome, Prescott, Flaggstaff, And was so popular that people in Phoenix drove to Sedona just to get it! This ended though from 70-80’s.

Today, people come due to it’s red rock beauty, for health, mental and spiritual reasons as well as great off-roading and to find pre-historic petroglyphs!

The vortex;

So, what exactly is a vortex and where can you find them in Sedona? A Vortex is a mass of whirling of fluid of water or air, especially a whirlpool or air that sucks everything near it, towards its center. A vortex tube creates cold air and hot air by forcing compressed air through a generation chamber, in which the air spins at a rate of speed (1,000,000 rpm) into a vortex.

I have here a list of the top positive energy vortex spots are at. Trees in Sedona that are affected by a vortex can often look like a twisted pretzel, from the strong energy of a vortex as shown in this image.

A hotspot for a vortex is the Cathedral rock, here, shows the power of energy of a vortex! This juniper tree was twisted by the vortex!

The Cathedral chapel, Airport Mesa, Boynton and many people say there are more. Here are some historic places and interesting spots to check out. USF’s Ranger house-250 Brewer Rd., JordAn historical park-Sedona Heritage Museum-753 Jordan Rd., off-roading , Schnebley Hill rd., The Romanian mansion that a few movie stars may have lived or just had interest in, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp To name a few.

The Romanian mansion in Sedona

. Also for a place to meditate or get some tranquility, Amitabha Stupa & peace park,@2650 Pueblo Dr. ,Also The hart pump house, located in the rear of a parking lot at 251 SR-179

Amitabha Stupa & peace park

You can also check out the Hounanki Heritage site off FR 515 as well!

So, you see Sedona is not only breathtakingly stunning to look at, it has so much to offer us! But an exciting history and a lot of territory to explore! But as always, be careful out there! Happy holidays everyone! Please follow me for more great articles and thank you for reading and sharing! Don’t forget to push follow button!

The story behind the Faraway Ranch and pioneer couple who triumphed!

The story behind the Faraway Ranch and pioneer couple who triumphed!

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The story behind the Faraway Ranch and pioneer couple who triumphed!

For many years, I have been coming to the Chiricahua Mountains, passing an important piece of history! Until, just recently when my husband pulled over at a small graveyard on the side after entering freely.

See, Sometimes we pass a great story, but this time, I knew I had a great one. It has a love story between two Swedish immigrants searching for a dream, a dream to achieve and succeed.

They were the Ericsson’s, Neil and Emma. It all started when Neil became a stowaway on a ship to America. He came from a Swedish farming family. During the Apache wars, he enlisted in the Army.

Neil Erickson

He then met his future wife, Emma at the Ft. Craig in New Mexico.

Emma Erickson

After they got married, they moved into a cabin on Bonita in 1888.

They had a daughter, Lilian. Neil has a hard time finding work, so he had to travel to Bisbee where he got into construction, building homes. He also worked at the Queen mine in the smelter. Emma came out to Bisbee, but was having trouble and always got sick. Emma really loved the Chiricahua landscape, (who can blame her, it’s gorgeous) Neil visited her at the cabin as much as possible. They had a son and daughter named Helen Hildegard. President Roosevelt established Chiricahua Federal reserve and Neil became one of the first Forest rangers. He worked at the Cochise stronghold in the Dragoon Mts. For seven years, building houses and lookout towers and also both Neil and Emma worked at Walnut Canyon, but in their hearts, they loved Chiricahua so much!

Front row, Neil and Emma, back row, Ben, Lillian (Riggs) and Hildegard
Neil on his horse George exploring Chiricahua, Erickson Peak is named after Neil!

The Faraway ranch began in 1886 for the couple and became a guest ranch in the 1920’s inviting people to stay there and explore the Chiricahua area. Even Buffalo soldiers stayed and many others!

Back side entrance into the Faraway guest house
The dining area, complete with a plastic thanksgiving dinner!
Pretty realistic to me, Wow! Deviled eggs, lol 😂
Engraved names are inside the houses fireplace, some from Buffalo soldiers who frequented the ranch, because of the threat of Apaches! Neil, originally came to avenge his fathers death by Apache Indians!
The upstairs was blocked off, so I could not go up.
Old wheelchair, used by Emma after a sprain in her knee
A cozy living room for the family
Check out the awesome radio! They must’ve had some wonderful times here!
Originally, the Faraway ranch is on 400 acres!
Horse stable
Inside the stable, the names of each horse they had is engraved in each of the white circles on top.
Original outhouse
The Forest Ranger mysteriously vanished and was said that he vanished on the property walking from the Faraway building out into the over 400 acres of land, no one knows what happened to him!!!! strange!!!

The Faraway ranch was sold for a whopping five hundred thousand-to the National park service. Neil and Emma’s kids all died within an 18 month time frame in 1977-78. But the legacy goes on and you can walk the many trails, just be aware, as bears, jaguars and many other animals live there as well! Check it out sometime!

Snow melting , November 30, 2019

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Adventure off-roading in Patagonia, az!

We decided to go check out the Patagonia-Sonoita creek preserve, but ended up following the Road it was on 150 Blue Heaven. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed and like many of you, our pets are family and go with us on trips. Usually, we have no clue where we will be exploring and always end up in crazy but exciting situations! We followed the paved road, west up onto the dirt road and started seeing stunning landscape! That is after passing the conservancy.

No dogs, except service animals allowed here!

Here, in this article I will show you what’s out there, but advise that if you do go, make sure you use high clearance vehicles only as it is very rocky and can raise your blood pressure!

You will pass a locked gate with this Asarco mining sign
Asarco sign, they have three copper mining properties in Arizona
You will see these ruins off to the left of the dirt road
Remains of ancient Papago, now called Tohono’odham, home, but It May also be from a different tribe that lived in the Patagonia area
Up the dirt road, we almost pass this, so we stopped and I took these pics
Looks like a flooded mineshaft, it goes pretty far back too!
We went on to Amado, then to I-19, Green Valley and back to our home
At the end, it gets a little scary as the road narrows
This area scared me, going around this rock! Be very cautious!

On this off-road, we did see people riding bikes and a man riding his atv, he was excited to see us and told us The ghost town trail was open, but we saw the gates with chains, so we did not go in or near it. This is a very fun, yet tough trail, but well worth it, if you seek adventure and excitement! Be cautious and always bring water and be prepared for anything!

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