Off-roading the East 96 Ranch Trail in Florence, Az!

I read the reviews about this off-roading experience and decided we gotta try this road out! We went west on U.S. route 79 , also known as Pinal pioneer parkway towards Florence, Az, go up and take a right onto East 96 Ranch Rd. And you will see a lot of Cholla, Saguaro, Creosote bushes along this well maintained dirt rd.

If you watched my video, you will see we pulled over on the right to go explore the old adobe house. Yes, I took a ton of pictures of this abandoned ranch! First, is the adobe homestead.

Right back side of the house
Under this dirt hill is a bunker and or storage room
Pretty dark inside
Underground bunker or storage room

I think this adobe house must have been beautiful way back, looks like it was built in the 1930-1940 era. Fascinating, in my opinion.

Ok, so across the road on the left, you will find another house that’s falling apart, here’s the photos

This was once a barn, now its dissipating into mother earths natural elements.

Wow, what a fun off roading experience


This is a great place to explore, unfortunately I can’t find out who owned this ranch, but I am sure it was a great ranch at one time!

After exploring this abandoned ranch, we decided to keep driving up North on this road

If your looking to go hiking, here ya go! The Arizona trail is out here!
I was so curious where this road went, and then finally I saw something familiar! The Hayden smelters are way off in the background!
What????!!!! Is this Dudleyville coming up!!!
Trees align along the San Pedro River, gorgeous!
Fall colors are stunning in the sunlight! What a fun experience this was! So, if you want to try it, and enjoy the Arizona desert fully , do this road!

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St.Thomas ghost town in Nevada

A dramatic height of water of 60 ft came toppling over this ghost town out in the middle of the desert in the 1930’s. The town of St.Thomas is now exposed to the harsh desert heat and its buildings are now visible. Quite fascinating! It was once a Mormon settlement back in 1865.Once a place for people to stop between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. If you go to Lake Mead, you may see the remnants of this ghost town !

Go look at the northern part of the park, Overton Arm which goes into Lake Mead, so if your going to Lake Mead, the water is very low right now, you should check it out.

It’s probably real muddy, so be very careful out there!
What a great exploration this will be!!!

At the peak of this town their was up to 500 peaople. The settlers loved the soil for farming. The last resident who eventually left by boat was Hugh Lord in 1938 when the water hit and rose up his door. Can’t imagine the anguish the people of this town went through watching the buildings and houses going under water, sad😢😩😭😭 I want you to see some of the old photos of this town!

This was the Gentry hotel building
The Gentry schoolhouse
Some residents of St.Thomas
The general store
Owners of the house return to see what’s left
People in boats came back to salvage what they could

I would also like to add before the settlers came here, the ancient Pueblo’s s lived here. So, there may also be ancient remnants left from them as well!

This would definately be on my list to explore for sure! I hope you enjoyed this article and happy holidays, please share and subscribe for more great places to explore!


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New 16 oz Cinnamon & Vanilla scented soy Rossi candle now up for purchase!

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Exploring Mohave county coming soon

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So, next exploration, we are planning to go to Chloride ghost town, and I will take tons of photos to share with all of you! We will see what’s up in Mohave county together! Also, I have a lot of educational articles on other ghost towns if you want to read, besides watching the news!

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Middlemarch rd. Is a gem for off-roading

On the way to Tombstone, I found a road right before getting to the famous ghost town (tourist attraction) it is just to your left before getting to Tombstone and is even mentioned in Arizona highways! Here is a short clip of driving on this road, you will see the Dragoon Mts. Ok, I will post clip on the Facebook site, it is only 2 minutes but it gives you an idea of what you will see

It is breathtaking beauty out there, cascading canyons all over!
The air is clean and fresh, a great place to get away and enjoy nature!

So, now you know how pretty this 20 mile adventure off road is! Now go get in your car and punch in Middlemarch rd, a new place to go!

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Exploration of Mohave county coming!

Old photo of Santa Claus, Az!

It’s time for a long road trip, unless Biden puts us on Lockdown! This time it will be out to Chloride, Az.! I will take a lot of photos and video footage of what we encounter out there in Mohave County. So next Wednesday is the day we go exploring! Yay!!!

Changes are coming, a new exploration of Alaska!

Hey everyone! Great news! We are going to Alaska this spring! So, I will be sharing with all of you ,my new adventure and sharing through Video, and photos! So, we are saying goodbye Desert, hello Pine, salmon fishing, tours And I will be finding ghost towns up there! Who knows maybe We can spot “Big foot” It will be exciting! I will have to come back to Arizona , because my family resides here, so a little of both worlds!!!! So, You will be getting videos of new and exciting places with us, my husband and I. Share, share! Now, as far as my Handmade Rossi coasters & Candles business, I will still be busy and I will not be closing it!

I have lowered my candle prices down to low low costs! I am talking about great fragrances you have to have! Next week, my 16 oz Cinnamon & Vanilla Rossi candles at $13 bucks , no excuses to not get one with low prices! Then comes some fragrances by Brambleberry/ Autumn fig harvest, Blue Spruce and candy cane for the peppermint lovers!!! I will also be making corn husk wreaths for Thanksgiving for your table setting or to just hang on a door! I will be making a DIY video of how I will make my wreaths and share on my Rossi coasters & candles YouTube channel, please remember to subscribe! Thank you all so much for your support and god bless all of you!!!


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History of the corn husk doll and other things you can use the corn husk for!

I was just thinking about Christmas and Thanksgiving presents and what the people of the old pioneer days gave their kids? I came across these dolls called corn husk dolls! Before the factories and doll companies existed, these must have been a treasure to kids!!! Back in the pioneer days the Native American children taught the pioneer kids .. Legend has it, the reason why the corn husk doll doesn’t have a face comes from an old legend where corn husk dolls dis have faces but one of the dolls got very vain about her face and became greedy, so that is why they turned faceless. Corn husk dolls are also used in a Celtic holiday called Lamas.

I will make a few and sell them in the, using color dyes to make them very bright!

A Native American corn husk doll.

Every part of the corn was used, The women used the corn husks to braid for rope and twine. Shredded husk were used as kindling and to fill up pillows. The corn silk is used for the dolls hair.

A vibrant Mexican corn husk doll
Another beautiful corn husk doll!

Wow, you can really get creative with these and all you need is corn husks, scissors, glue gun, color dyes and I want to make mine as not only a doll but maybe try soaking the corn husk in dyes but also essential oils to make my home smell good! Ok, I will definitely try this idea!!!! Maybe try using these corn husks in a nice fall or winter wreath! Braid the husks, add some wheat, dried flowers, imagination is running wild! Since Thanksgiving is coming, I may just start making corn husk wreaths and selling them in my store!

I would add some bright colors to this by soaking my corn husks in yellow, orange, maybe add pine cones etc!

The corn dollies are used to protect home and sign of fertility and good luck. I will make both a corn Dollie and a wreath. And archaeologists have found the corn husk dolls in the tombs of Egypt!

So, instead of spending a ton of money, I can use these corn husks and make these as gifts this Christmas!!!! As you know, or may not Christmas is coming up and it is for many of you, the most wonderful time! Let’s all try and stay positive and keep shining!

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