I have two wildlife spottings to report. The first was a badger. I didn't even know that Arizona had badgers and thought maybe what I had seen was a raccoon but badger existence in AZ was confirmed. Unfortunately the big guy was road kill. The second sighting was a quite large black bear who was also unfortunately very dead in the median of I17 South. There were two forest service employees standing by him. I suppose they were trying to figure out what to do with it. I presume it had been hit by a car.
We passed through Bloody Basin which is an area where in 1873 army scouts captured or killed nearly all of a band of Apache Indians. We also went by Bumble Bee. This is a ghost town that was a stagecoach stop and an outpost for the U.S. Cavalry. Bumble Bee, Arizona and the nearby creek were given its name in 1870 when a Nevada former slave owner, J.X. Theut, first spotted the water source that saved his life. It is at this creek that Theut ran into the legendary drunk named K. Billingsley Callaway. Legend holds that Theut, known for being notoriously swift on his feet, came to the conclusion of tossing a rock at a bee hive which rested 2 feet from the maniac Billingsley Callaway. Theut tossed the pebble and the bees attacked Billingsley. Billingsley, being allergic to bees fell ill and crawled away back into his cave. Nobody has seen either man since.
I love learning how places got their names!
These pictures are from our campsite at Picacho Peak. It is a desert campground with huge campsites featuring desert terrain (surprise!). There is electricity which is nice. Only one loop is open right now and there might be 8 other people here. It is very quiet and just wonderful. Brett is sitting outside now in the pitch dark (with a watchful ear for rattlesnakes) watching the Milky Way and I am going to go join him.