Friday, Greg started his solar install (he owns RV Solar Solutions and does solar installs for RV’s on the road) and Lee worked on wiring a permanent outlet for our macerator pump so we don’t have to run out a 50′ cable to clip it to the truck battery every time we want to use it or our freshwater fill pump. So Kelly, Cori, and I went to do laundry and to the grocery store. I am not a huge fan of laundry mats, but it’s certainly much nicer when you are with friends, plus as these places go it was clean and all the machines worked. That night Bill and Kelly cooked ribs and wings for the group. Bill makes the best ever chicken wings (I’ve included his recipe below) and we were all very happy by night’s end.
Saturday, Lee and I took the day to ourselves and went to see Johnny Ringo’s grave. The grave is along Turkey Creek out in the middle of nowhere next to where his body was found, and on private property. The owners of the property allow visitors, and although they don’t charge anything they have a small donation box. We actually left $10 in it, because the grave site was beautifully maintained and we appreciated the fact that they allow visitors between 8am and 6pm. It’s also a beautiful drive in and of itself and took us very close to Chiricahua National Monument, which we also drove over to see. Unfortunately their scenic drive is closed down, but they have lots of hiking trails I would like to try out on a later occasion. It was a really nice day and meant a lot to Lee to be able to show it to me since this area had such a huge impact on him 20 years ago.
On the way back to Kartchner, we stopped in Willcox and ate at The Dining Car, which is a restored train dining car with a BBQ smoker in the front. Lee had the Beef Brisket sandwich for $9.99 and thought it was excellent. I had a salad, which was not so great, but that’s my fault. Not sure what I was thinking ordering a salad at a BBQ place.
We called it an early night, but Cori/Greg and Bill/Kelly went to a show in Old Tuscon and had a good time. You’ll have to read about that in their blogs,though. The next day, we all decided to go see a Western town re-creation and movie set that Cori found, Gammon’s Gulch. It was only $8 (cash only) and the tour was given by the long-time owner and creator of the property, Jay Gammons. We all really enjoyed it, as he took the time to explain where many of his collectibles came from and what movies they were in. He rents authentic antique props to film companies and rents out the entire town as well. For only $750 a day, it is a bargain in the production world, and he also rents it our for parties and weddings which would be fun. After his tour he also lets you walk around the town for as long as you would like taking pictures. The only sour note for the day was when the owner’s wife wouldn’t let Lee take some aerial shots of the town with his drone, even though he offered to give them an immediate copy of the materials for their use at no charge. It’s unfortunate that people really don’t understand how drones work and are often so negative against them, because the footage would have been stunning. Still, we took lots of pictures and had a great time, culminated by another group dinner of orange chicken and rice and a fantastic game of Cards Against Humanity (a truly terrible game that leads to all kinds of laughter).
Bill’s Amazing Restaurant Chicken Wings
- Fresh chicken wings from meat department
- Frank’s Hot Sauce (Bill swears this is the best)
- Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing optional
- Cut chicken wings into drums and wings
- Boil in hot oil submerged for 8-12 minutes (small are 8 minutes large are 12)
- Let drain on paper towels
- Toss with mixture of equal parts hot sauce and butter
- Serve with blue cheese, ranch, or alone
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