|who doesn't love Mexican pastries?|
|Silver City Museum|
|wonderful adaptive reuse|
|Dave can't resist lilacs....|
One day we took the 93 mile "Trail of the Mountain Spirits" (a national scenic byway) north past the old mining settlement of Pinos Altos, into the Gila National Forest wilderness, had lunch at Lake Roberts, crossed the swiftly flowing teal green Gila River numerous times, hiked up to see the fantastic Gila Cliff Dwellings and back home past one of the world's largest continually operating open pit copper mine in Santa Ana. What a day we had!
|the Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos|
|at the dam on Lake Roberts|
|walking along a quiet path through the woods below the Cliff Dwellings|
|see the first cave above? that's our destination|
|now on the path high above, approaching the dwellings|
After we finished crawling around and through the cliff dwellings, talking with the Ranger's stationed in and about them and then hiking back down to the jeep we took a little detour down to the Gila River to walk along a couple of its beaches.
|distant view of the Santa Rita mine seeming to grow out of its surroundings|
Today, our last day here, we decided to spend it hiking with Lewis and doing a bit of bird watching, which may be mutually exclusive. Tune in tomorrow.