Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Willcox Exploring Part I -- Downtown

      I attempt to keep this page as current as I can.  Trying to post soon after an Exploring trip with my kiddos, dogs, and, camera, or with just myself.  I also try to keep the posts in and about amazing Arizona.   For more Exploring and pictures of mine  please check out my longest running blog sight at www.wyomingjack.blogspot.com      On a recent day off I spent an entire day roaming around Willcox.  Complete with a long hike in the mountains, surrounded by actual trees.   Good coffee, actual water, and trees, an amazing day for a desert dweller.  I have repeatably heard how crummy this town is, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the day and the amount of pictures I snapped on this day.  I probably would not want to live in this town, but we also choose to live in Benson, so I am not sure how much I would rely on my decision making skills, as a reader just based on that fact.  It does seem by the rich down town, and the relics of many a motel--that this town probably was amazing in the past.  And it is still trying for sure.  But the word of the day seemed to be closed!   Although I did find time to visit some amazing thrift and antique stores in town once they were open for business.    Now lets get on to some Exploring and pictures!


So this day started early for me, with my new work schedule I do not see many early mornings.
I was very happy to find that the Willcox Safeway and Starbucks offers free Wi Fi. 
The Benson store does not.
Although the wait was long to get my cup of Joe,  the store was very not busy, and
I had time to chill, write a blog on another page of mine
check out the store happenings, enjoy my coffee, and return e mails   all without being bugged once or even seeing another customer in the small eating area.

I have said before that I do not necessarily enjoy Starbucks  BUT the shere volume of there stores and the fact that they almost all have free Internet brings me back to them.  I did kind of enjoy this visit  a lot. 
I have to say I really like the Willcox branch of Chase bank also, because it never seems to be busy.   We also do not have a Chase bank in Benson, and I save up my tips, sometimes maybe to long.  The branches in Tucson are busy and busier.  So it is a joy to take my accumulated tips to the branch in Wilcox   were I have not seen a line yet or a teller roll there eyes, when they see all the dollar bills I have accumulated. 

Over I-10  from the Safeway parking lot.

One of the many fabled lakes I have heard about in the Willcox area? ??

Nope   Just a water puddle   still in the parking lot. 

Back on the open road 
Where I belong.

This shot reminds me of the movie Cars  for some reason.

Heading towards the large and well maintained golf course.
I spot wind mills all the time.
And always like to add them in a shot when I can.

Twin Lakes is part of the golf course name, but I really was not expecting to see an actual body of water.
I believe there is a bigger lake up the road a little further, but this was not in my Exploring for the day.  
This is all reclaimed water, so I would stay far away from even touching it,
but it still provided for some pretty neat pictures!

And I ALWAYS take pictures when I find water in Arizona~~!

I might well have got to many pictures.
But I found it very peaceful.
And all of the birds were great.

Although I am not sure any birds show up in any of these pictures.  There were tons on the lake.

These signs warn to stay out of the water.
In case the strange water colors is not warning enough.

I was also having great fun with the reflecting actions.

Time to head back into the city limits.

I found many deserted buildings on this trip.
But I really enjoyed how the sign at this one advertised it for sale.

Old town.

O if only old buildings could talk!

Down town really is neat!
Although I am not to sure about the towns claim to fame.

Brands in the sidewalk.  
Always neat!

As I noted before
this town has some amazing sights and is beautiful  
ALL of these pictures are in about a block area.


Amazing old tree
still within a block of were I parked on this fine day.

Old train car turned BBQ joint  just down from the old train depot.
Smelled amazing and I have heard the food is amazing
but did not have a chance to stop on this day.
I thought the resident slowly passing in front made the picture better?

Sign in front of the train BBQ joint.

Train station turned government buildings.

Like many of the buildings in town
this brick building is mostly empty.
More or it below...

Same building  
Not sure what the question is
But the answer is Yes!

Even the modern 
And open electric company has an old feel to it.

The main streets offer so many neat buildings
and pictures.

I have not looked up the history of this town
But it must have been a vacation Mecca at one point.
Now most of the motels remain empty and with free air conditioning.

The back main sign to this   lays on the ground

Empty place near the town library.
I have no pictures but the library was amazing too.
Complete with a sun port reading room.

Many old motels and buildings are on the main road. 
In my eyes just waiting to be checked out and
to show up in pictures to forever preserve.
Many of my Exploring blogs have such pictures.

But I recently heard on another page of mine, that in each case I was trespassing.
Yes  and no.
All of these buildings are on the main drag  through town
so people know if you are in them or not.
And each is full of deserted beer cans and such from recent residents   not owners.
AND most of these buildings have for sale signs attached to them. 
I was Marley taking pictures for an interested client.

I find old deserted buildings amazing.

Almost out of town.
This motel has seen better daze.

The swimmin' hole 
complete with no diving sign!

I enjoy these pictures so much I am going to show one more old motel.
Bring on the trespassing charges.

This place was huge and offered so many pictures.
A lot like the old Benson Motel I have pictured also

I was not worried about trappasing charges
but running into current residents.
No matter how short term they may be.

Sorry about all the pictures  but this place was very cool!

An abandoned old folks home just across the street. 

                                               In part two we get away from it all and head
towards the monument.       For some trails and being alone. 

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