Ruby, a gem of a ghost town!

In order to set foot here, a permit is required and must be taken to the caretaker,where you pay the fee.

I recently had the privilege of exploring this genuine ghost town in the Coronado National Forest. It is 500 miles NW of Tucson and 4 miles North of the Mexican border, therefore you will come in contact With many border patrol vehicles pretty much everywhere!

The town sits on three hundred acres and has two lakes, Which are the Ruby and the “Sovako” Lakes.and a total of 46 buildings , some are gone and some are slowly dissipating. Now, I must say this ghost town was quite astonishing and we had a fun time exploring it.

At the turn of the century, mountain men, ranchers and prospectors hit a vein in this region and discovered what was called “Oro blanco” white gold. Thus, bringing miners into Ruby, they worked effortlessly, around the clock. These people had to survive very hard times, as poisonous snakes and scorpions lived there as well. Ruby was considered the largest mining town in which was called the Montana camp”

This picture is placed inside the schoolhouse, these were the miners of the “Montana camp”
Inside schoolhouse
Inside schoolhouse
Look how high up this slide goes, wow! Right outside schoolhouse!

It wasn’t until a company named the Eagle picher lead company bought the patent, that full scale mining happened and the dams were being built. A 17 mile pipeline from the Santa Cruz river across the mountains to Ruby. From 1934-1940, the mine produced over $10,000,000 in lead, zinc, and copper with not as much of gold and silver being extracted. Around 1300 people lived in Ruby. The mercantile opened in the 1880’s and the post office opened in 1910.

A double murder happened here, the owners of the store were killed by bandits who came to rob, seven months later another murder occurred.
What’s left of the mercantile
The signs in front of each building are outside each building with information on each.
The jail, it cost $600 to build out of concrete, very dark inside with no lighting except for sun coming into very small windows during day, and no toilet.
Storage building
Mill
Headframe/cage
Assay building
Inside Assay building
Roof caving in at the Assay building
Ruby lake
This was the building the miners would come get their lunches
This building was used by judges and used as a courthouse
Inside the building, look at the amazing hardwood floors!
The view from the hill, outside the court building
I identified house
When you come here, the caretaker will give you a map to follow and tell you what building is what, we just took our time and walked around.
This is the tailings, where they put the dams
So much sand, I had to sit in it, lol!
The caretakers canoe
The finger/ Sovako lake!

This ghost town is awesome, and I recommend you checking it out sometime! I hope you liked this article and that you subscribe to this site!!!!! Thanks and god bless you!

The return of the desert Jaguar

A gorgeous jaguar here in the Arizona desert roaming around in search of food! They love to eat Javelina and others desert creatures

When I think about Jaguars, I think of a gorgeous large cat lying in an emerald jungle! They are my ultimate favorite cat, along with Tigers and I also favor the car as well! But, after reading about them hiding out here in the Sonoran desert, it made me think about them in a whole new light!

Let’s start with the Physical traits this cat has. Adults are between 5 & 8 ft long and weigh between 80-120 lbs , with females at a lower range. The northern jaguar living in the Sonoran desert region of Mexico and SW U.S. tend to be smaller than the S. American counter parts. Both Jaguars and black panthers have ring markings, but you can’t see them on the black panther due to it’s dark pigment.

Jaguars are the most powerful and largest felines found in the Western Hemisphere and are coming down from Mexico. For those who believe they are nocturnal only, this is false, as they are active during the day as well. Their bite is twice as strong as a lion and can easily crush large bones very easily with there powerful jaws. They love the water and are great swimmers, also been known to kill huge anacondas!

The name jaguar comes from the Native American word “Yaguar” which means “to kill with one leap”. In the ancient civilization of the Aztecs, jaguars were considered to be a sign of strength and bestow them as a dominant character in religion, mythology and art.

They were worshipped by the Aztecs and believed to be guardians of their sacred temples, even being named an elite class of warriors called the Jaguar knights!

So, you probably are curious why Jaguars are coming into Arizona? Well, some people speculate the border wall is disrupting the migration of wildlife. And this may be true or not. But so far, from what has been recorded there were a total of three, but one or two were killed by poachers! It is not known if out of those three Jaguars, if they had cubs. But , I hope they did and hope they can live freely and happily without getting killed!

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Benefits of creosote

Growing up here in the beautiful state of Arizona, I never really paid much attention to the plant Creosote. But, as you grow older, We want to maintain our youth and find more holistic remedies from nature.

I am in the first stages of owning a business named “Rossi Coasters & Candles, L.L. C.. , to me it’s important to find out what people love in a fragrance, so after a great friend told me he liked Creosote after the rain, and others. I am thinking about just doing natural scents from nature and Making it different from other candles! This will take a lot of time building my product and mastering scents. But it will be well worth it in the end!

Now, creosote is all over the desert, and it’s benefits are just awesome! Here are the great things it can do, as well as smell great!People love the smell of this plant after a good rain and I hope to either make my own essential oil or find a finished product that smells exactly or close to it!

It treats stomach pain, fever, cold, flu, treats bacterial and fungal infections, arthritis, lowers cholesterol, treats cancer, multiple treatment, HIV treatment. Wow! This plant is a wonderful plant!

It is drought tolerant and the evergreen shrub up to 2.4 m in height and 1.8 wide.

So, remember when driving by these plants, how great they are and just how useful they truly are!

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Arizona Psychedellic: Peyote,shrooms, Ketamine; a possible cure for depression, anxiety & addictions

Peyote is a Spanish word from Nahuatl, or Aztec, it means “glisten” or “glistening”

With millions of people in America, many suffer debilitating anguish from mental illness. Only a person with illness can truly understand the hell they go through, some lacking in drive to accomplish there goals.while,Just getting out of bed is a constant struggle. While, The pharmaceutical companies continue to shove pills down the throats of people with illness and profit billions of dollars.But is anti-depressant pills all we have? The topic is very sensitive and I, in no way, am insensitive to the topic of Depression, as I myself suffer from Clinical depression. In this article, I am going to discuss these two Psychedellics and let you decide. Some may not like it, some may!

The definition of Psychedellic is , relating to or denoting drugs, esp LSD, that produces hallucinations and apparent expansion of consciousness. It’s no secret, these drugs have been around, quite a long time! Here in Arizona, these two psychedellics are being heavily researched by Dr’s, scientists, and extremely wise people. Let’s start with Peyote, then move on to “magic shrooms”

Where can you find it? Native to Mexico , SW Texas, primarily in the chihuan desert, in the state of Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas. Not grown in Arizona and is illegal to extract the mescaline from it. Although it is illegal, I have found interesting information. One is there is an actual church in Graham county called Peyote way church of god that offers it. No, I am not endorsing it, just stating the research on the internet and finding it! Warning; some trips while taking any Psychedellic can either be enjoyable or be terrifying, make your own wise choice, for yourself and do research on this please. This is your brain, so be smart! I am not telling anyone what to do! The effects are these , nausea-vomiting, increased heart rate, drowsiness, muscle weakness.

There are websites selling peyote seeds, one I found is called Fruggo, where 20 seeds costs $5.95.

It is legal to grow cacti with mescaline, just illegal to extract it! Here are two cacti you can buy online with mescaline. The San Pedro cacti

This cactus has been used during shamanic rituals and has 2.375% mescaline by volume.

Also, another cactus called the Peruvian torch cactus.

Okay, next a psilocybin mushroom is known as a Psychedellic mushroom. Biological genera containing psilocybin, include Copelandia, Gymnopilus, Pluteus and psilocybin. This mushroom gives you the similar affect of LSD-effects start in about 20 mins and can last about 6 hours.

Two studies show thepsychoactive compound can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression in people with advanced cancer.

The John Hopkins University launched a center for Psychedellic Research, with 17 million in donations. They believe psychedellics “reboot” the brain. For example; it is like restarting a computer and the brain chemistry can determine whether someone is healthy or not. Each of these drugs has a psychoactive component that tips a chemical balance to a more therapeutic setting. But this doesn’t mean, that these drugs will work.

Where in Arizona can this “magic” shroom be located?

Unfortunately, These “magic shrooms grow in meadows and woods of subtropics and tropic usually in souls rich in humus. Yet, they are abundant in nature. There are 227 species, 53 in Mexico, 22 in the U.S, and 19 in Canada. You can also grow your own and is pretty easy to do! Look online and you may find books on mushrooms and how to grow your own! Some people eat them in their dinner, some brew in their tea!

Also, check out the only legal Psychedellic drug in America. Used as an anesthetic in the 1960’s for its numbing sensations, it makes you less sensitive to pain while simultaneously inducing a sense of disconnect between mind and body. Now, there is an FDA approved Nasal spray with Ketamine. Please remember to do your own research and know no amount of hope should replace caution, please seek professional help and if you believe in god, seek wisdom from him, take good care of yourselves and believe that you are special and have a lot of love inside!

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