St. David, AZ
I had the pleasure of staying at a ranch in St. David, AZ for several days. St. David is about 20 miles from Tombstone, AZ (OK Corral, Doc Holiday, and the Earps). During my stay there was horseback riding, site seeing, hiking, and cooking. Pictured above are Cindy, Sydney, Myself and Katie. Katie was watching the ranch and taking care of the horses and Peeps (a pet swallow) while her sister was on vacation in Sedona, AZ.
I managed to get on a horse but did not manage to make it for long. It had been 27 years since I had been on a horse. The women appeared to be excellent horsewomen, at times riding bareback and without a bit. We went down to Tombstone and saw the reenactment of the conflict leading to the showdown at the OK Corral. It was an excellent adventure with the complete town decorated like the wild west days and attire to match. I recommend it to the whole family.
Katie's sister Kris returned with Dennis, her husband of 27 years. The picture above is of the start of Trail 279 to the Cochise Stronghold. This hike is 2-1/2 miles up a mountain and back down the other side. It was a fairly arduous but beautiful hike. We all made it to the top, although I thought I might have to carry Katie. Kris made it with energy to spare. Kris was diagnosed with cervical cancer 8 months ago and had lost all energy making it difficult even to feed the horses. She has since elected an alternative homeopathic method of treatment which is meeting with success. The tumor has reduced in size and she obviously has a lot of energy. The major components of the treatment are a vegetarian organic diet of raw foods, juices (35# of carrots a week), no meat and some medicinal teas (Dr. Lorraine Day). Her husband has also followed the diet with her (way to go Dennis). I wish her success in her battle and expect her to make a full recovery. If you want more info on the treatment, click the Contact link to send me a message.
Thanks again for the wonderful experiences and hospitality.