Mt.Hopkins, a place to observe the stars and galaxies!#184 scenic drive

Warning:this road up is very steep, dangerous to drive on windy days with a lot of turns, people may come down this road as you are going up, not much room to pass, so I am warning those who decide to go up, if you are scared of heights, do not do this drive alone or at all! Please use caution when going up! Also, I believe due to Covid, the observatory at the top may be closed.
Here, you will see very large telescopes on the right side of the road as you continue your drive up. The reviews are all good on the bus tours (when they have them)
The Fred Lawrence Whipple observatory Is both at the rim and at the peak. It has some giant telescopes and is closed I believe., we spotted a picnic area you can park close by it on right side, at the rim that may have a walking trail as well.Not sure if this trail is open.
You can see the Fred Lawerence Whipple observatory at the top, Elevation is 8,553 . Named after Gilbert Hopkins who died at The battle of Ft.Buchanan in 1865. That battle was part of the Apache wars, and this was the only battle won by the Apaches. Ft. Buchanan was the only United States military post that was conquered by Apaches.
The landscape is beautiful and has some off-road trails if you want to be adventurous!
The road is smooth and you won’t encounter any large rocks or problems.
This is the only barrier along the sides of the road up.
Since, I love astronomy and I am sure some of you do, this is a great spot to check out, take photos and enjoy.

Due to my fear of heights, we did not go all the way up! But driving down we pulled over to this spot, a trail with information along and it even had cement benches!

All kinds of great information from what animals live there to astronomy information!

The observatories are usually open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30 P.M., but like I said I do not know if they are open since we just basically drove up some of the road!

Hope you enjoyed this article, have a great week!

Arizona’ s women in history; let’s talk about Linda Ronstadt!

Music surrounded Linda from when she was very young. Linda’s mother, Ruth Mary Ronstadt played the ukulele and her father Gilbert played guitar and taught young Linda how to play. He also loved to sing Mexican folklore songs. By the age of six, Linda was singing with her family. She had a sister and two brothers. Linda attended St.Peter & Parochial school, but Linda had a rebellious side to her, so that didn’t work out. She then attended Catalina high school and graduated. She did go to the U of A but didn’t stay very long. Linda moves to Los Angeles. She was romantically involved with a Tucson Native Bob Kimmel who convinced Linda to start a band called the “Stone Ponies” back in the year of 1964. That was short lived when Mercury records, but they wanted to change the music to more beach surfer kind of music and change the name. More like the mamas and papas kind of music.

Linda finally got a break when her first country hit came Silver threads and Golden Needles. She made her 130 million off the song Your no good and is called the “Queen of country rock.”

Here is a list of Linda’s top songs. When will I be loved, Can’t help it if I’m still in love with you, Blue Bayou, a classic song by Roy Orbison. This song is one of my ultimate favorites by Linda and she really sings it so good along with Harmony vocals of the Eagles very own Don Henley. Also, the song “That’ll be the day” originally a Buddy Holly song, Linda managed to reinvent this song which brought her a Grammy award. She also sang “Somewhere out there” with real time boyfriend Aaron Neville. “Don’t know much”another great duet with Linda and the song “All my life” Linda also dated George Lucas, who made the Star Wars movies. Which leads us to the question of how many Grammy awards did this awesome And talented lady win? a whopping ten Grammies!!!!!!!!!! Linda Ronstadt never married but she did however date Jim Carrey back in 1983, she also dated the musician Aaron Neville and she dated Mick Jagger in 1977-78.

She never married because she doesn’t do well with compromise and she decided to adopt a son and daughter back in The 1990’s. She adopted Mary Clementine as an infant and her son, Carlos when he was a baby as well in 1994.

Linda stopped singing in 2009, as she lost her voice and discovered she has the debilitating disease of Parkinson’s . She resides in Tucson in a beautiful pink Mediterranean style house. She is now 74 years old and is completely devoted to her children.

You can check her music out and get more information on her on the internet, she is a very fascinating woman in Arizona’s history!

Thank you for reading and my next articles will be on a historical trail we found while in Rio Rico, Az! Please share this site with everyone and write a review or comment please! Thanks!

God bless,

Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

Pearl Hart, first female stagecoach robber of Arizona!

Pearl Hart had cut her hair short before robbing the stagecoach I was looking for a place to check out and came upon the Kane springs canyon where I …

Pearl Hart, first female stagecoach robber of Arizona!

Pearl Hart, first female stagecoach robber of Arizona!

Pearl Hart had cut her hair short before robbing the stagecoach

I was looking for a place to check out and came upon the Kane springs canyon where I learned about the first female to rob a stagecoach. Her name was Pearl Hart. She was born in Canada and her parents were religious and were focused on giving Pearl a good education, in which she went to boarding school. She met a man named Hart, who became abusive to her. She had two children, but Pearl left them with her mother and became fascinated with the western culture. Becoming infatuated with Buffalo bills Wild West show. She moved again, this time to Colorado. During her twenties she worked as a cook and even as a singer and a prostitute. She moved around a lot, eventually she worked in Mammoth, Az as a cook in a boarding house and may have been operating a tent brothel at the mine. She was always struggling to make ends meet and then she met Joe Boot.

It happened on May 30, 1899, about 30 miles SE of globe near Kane Springs Canyon, along with a man named “Joe Boot”. They rode on the last stagecoach route, Hart carried a 38 revolver and Joe had a colt 45. They stopped the coach and Boot held the 45 at the victims. Hart managed to get $431 bucks. The driver actually had a revolver and Hart took it along with two of the victims guns. After robbing them, the two rode off. The driver went and told Sherriff Truman of Pinal county.

The two were both found sleeping when on June 5th, 1899. Boot raised his arms and surrendered easily, but Hart wasn’t going to jail without a fight.

Pearl sitting in a jail cell at the Yuma territory
Pearl Hart in a white dress, posing for Cosmopolitan
A photo of Pearl at Yuma territory

Her last years, she married a man by the name of George Calvin Bywater , living a peaceful life.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this historical figure and I will be going to Kane springs canyon and share some photos on my Facebook page with you! Have a great week and god bless you!

Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

Opium Rose & Watermelon Strawberries n cream scented candles for Valentine’s Day!!!!!

I have been busy decorating both 8 oz and 16 oz tin cans. My watermelon and strawberries n cream tin cans have beautiful decoupaged with neon pink and red glitter sprinkled on them and I made them very glossy!!! If you want a mind soothing and elegant floral scent, Opium Roses is for you! Opium Roses is a pleasant and vey elegant scent to fill a room with. You can buy a 8 oz and see if you like it or not. No worries. But I am pretty sure you will want to try both new scents and switch to a 16 oz!

You will love these sweet scented candles in an 8 oz and a 16 oz!!!

Now, I am going to design the Opium Roses tin cans as well, but I will just surprise you with that!!! I guarantee you will absolutely adore these designed cans and you will definitely love these Rose scented and a hint of the Popular scent of Opium along with it! You can’t go wrong with a fruity scent and a floral scent for Valentine’s guys! I hope you are having a great month so far!!!!And I look forward to introducing my Handmade scented soy candles to everyone! These products are coming soon, so follow me on Instagram under Rossiv2020, Twitter desertexpl1 and of course my Facebook page under Rossi coasters & candles, I do not have a website right now but Will have one in near future guys!! Due to our finances, I am trying to conserve and do what I can to keep this business running for as long as possible😁

Love to all!

Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth