Theodore Roosevelt and The International wildlife museum

Theodore Roosevelt in his Ranch attire at his Dakota ranch, 1885.

Just 5 miles west of I-10 at 4800 W. Gates Pass is a huge castle like building with a huge statue of a lion that looks like its roaring.

Statue in front of museum
The sign upon entrance of the museum

This museum focuses on Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. It was opened in 1988 and established by C.J Elroy as an educational program that was called “Safari club International foundation.” It has 40,000 sq. Ft. And features over 400 species of mammals, birds, You name it, whatever animal you can think of, this museum brings it! If you have kids, bring them here and they will have a blast!It holds hundreds and hundreds of taxidermy displays and dioramas.

One of the desert Mt. Lions in the night time dioramas, hate to encounter this guy at night in the desert!

It showcases a great African safari room, that has a decorated wall of mounted deers from all over America. It has bears, leopards and tigers from Africa, in which Theodore Roosevelt had traveled to conserve. Here are some photos.

Old photo of the president and his brother

Theodore Roosevelt also created 18 National monuments, 150 National forests and 51 Bird reserves.

Theodore Roosevelt dedicated all these sites as National monuments.

At $10 bucks each for adults, you will absolutely love this museum! Heck, bring the whole family! Afterwards, you can eat here!

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The Railhead to Tombstone, a look at Fairbank, Az

The town of Fairbank in Az was of major importance to the city of Tombstone. It was originally a Native American village called Santa Cruz. First it was called Junction city to Kendall and finally Fairbank. The ghost town is located just ten miles west of the famous attraction, we know as Tombstone, inside the San Pedro Riperian Conservation area, known as the best preserved ghost town.

Nathaniel Fairbank was partial founder and founder of Grand central mining company who had interest in the silver mines of Tomstone
July of 2019, Fairbank ghost town
The sign stands in the center of Fairbank ghost town

The purpose of this town was to transport supplies, among the supplies was silver and the valuable ore from the Tombstone mine then taken to Stamp mills, Contention, and Charleston. Back in the 1880’s, Tombstone was the largest city, with at least 14,000 people. Fairbank was also home to the Butterfield overland mail line that opened in 1885. The town had a quartz mill, general store, resteraunt, saloon, Wells Fargo office the railroad station and stage coach station. The post office opened on May 6, 1883. There is also a schoolhouse , here’s a great photo of children outside the schoolhouse!

The front
Restored inside
Original school desk
A house
The San Pedro river gave the people in Fairbank life and was a number one source of water to Fairbank
Historic photo shows the people of Fairbank next to a water tank
This commercial building held the post office that opened in 1883, and all other stores
Historic photo of some people with horses in front of the mercantile buildings
The outhouse
You can also take this trail
Inside the schoolhouse, pick up a Doc Holiday soda!

So, Fairbank ghost town is definitely the best preserved ghost town and an extremely important piece of Arizona history!

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The awesome agave plant and It’s many purposes!

These succulents can grow up to 20 feet up!

There are over 270 species of this desert plant. A fiber plant, in which many native Americans , such as the Aztecs used it for skin infections and lip balm and I’m sure for other uses. It has been used for hundreds and hundreds of years. First, I will explain the plant species. A lot of people call the agave a cactus, this is false because it is a succulent from the lily family. It is a genus of monocots (flowering plants) and grow in hot regions of the southwest and are also native to tropical areas of South America. A very important note: please don’t drink the sap of an agave plant, it is Poisonous and will give digestive problems! Please share this fact with others, it may save a life! (Hey, It could happen and anything is possible!)

The benefits of agave nectar vs. honey, which is healthier?

Both are good and trendy sweeteners, although honey is a great immune system booster, brain booster, anti-0xident, antibacterial properties. Also used for sleepless nights(milk and honey) sore throats and the list goes on, honey wins! The agave nectar is gluten free and vegan and is low on the glycemic index.

Agave nectar have about the same amount of calories, both in a tablespoon will equal 64 calories. Also, did you know that the pollinators of the agave is the Mexican long nose bat? Yes, and they use this nose as a muzzle to feed on the nectar, just like a hummingbird and transfer the pollen that collects on the fur of the bat! Cool huh? I think this is just amazing!

Alright, now let’s talk about Tequila and Mezcal! Now, the heart of the agave is called the Pina. It is harvested when ripe and this can take 7-14 years, while some 20-40 years.Mezcal is only called Mezcal if grown in these 8 states! Oaxaca, Guerrero,San Luis Poriro, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Michoacán, and recently Puebla. Mezcal is a word from Nahuatl’ and means over cooked agave. Pronounced Mes’kal.

Here are the cocktail names for drinks with Mezcal.

Classic Paloma cocktail

Tia mia

Rosa Amargo

Gingers lost island

El gusano rojo

Personally, I don’t drink, but if you do, You can see if the bartender knows any of these!

The difference between Tequila and mescal is Tequila must be 51% blue agave. Mezcal can be made in the Mexican regions I told you about and Mezcals can be made from either the blue or green agave.There is also Bacanora, another agave based drink in Sonora, Mexico. It use to be illegal until 1992, was bootlegged by vinateros. You can buy it online, you will find it easily! So, you see the agave does have great qualities and are a wonderful edition to our desert ! A treasure to acknowledge forever!

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The CDC cabins at Lake Hawley

Lake Hawley is nestled in the Arizona white mountains, and is owned by the San Carlos Apache tribe, A spectacular treasure of magnificent pine , Aspen, and spruce trees that cascade against the bright blue sky. A gem of emerald green surrounds the Mirror lake.

It is at an elevation of 8,200 .

.I recently visited and noticed the cabins were now being used. CDC, means Community dev. Corp and the cabins can hold up 2-14 people. Back in the early 1980’s , there was 410 homes altogether, with 65 leases altogether. Some non- Indians came and lived around this lake since June of 1954, when the Apaches issued it’s first lease.Many people built regular and simple cabins, then they started turning them into Luxurious structures, some in the $150,000 to $200,000 that the owners had invested, because they said the Ft. Apache tribe had given oral or written assurance to renew the leases. The residents were told the leases would be renewed after 25 years had gone by! A tribal attorney said the tribe lost millions of dollars.

Now, it is July of 2019, and the man made lake is stunning and it was crowded with the great Apache people and non-Indians fishing for trout all around it. Yet, there still remains of the derelict cabins with broken windows, some falling down and some being used. Here I show you photos of the landscape and the cabins.

The lake is very beautiful!
The dam at Hawley lake
This dam was dedicated to Silas Davis

On this tablet it says “Every person who pauses here lives a better life because of the work Si Davis did. Every tree on this reservation stands taller and straighter, because he protected it. The world is a better place, Si Davis passed by”.

Windows are broken in a lot of them, yet they can be restored.
Some of them are very pretty, but are falling apart
Both cows and horses spread out on the reservation in freedom

So, basically Lake Hawley is still a gem on Ft. Apache, and I believe will continue to strive for greatness. What happened in the past is gone and the cabins will either fall or be brought back to life, Lake Hawley will always be gorgeous and a gem in the Arizona White Mts. A great escape from the desert heat! You can always rent a cabin or just bring your boat, go fishing here!

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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