Here it is Monday, October 23, 2017 and our last day on the road. We plan to be home early tomorrow morning.
Silver City was a beautiful spot at about 5200 feet. The town was founded when silver was discovered in these mountains. Then copper was found and it is still being mined. We saw a huge area of open pit mines and hills of tailings as we drove into Silver City. Later we walked around in the historic part of town which was filled with art galleries and other shops. We also looked at the "Ditch," which is a deep canyon through the middle of town. It was formed over the years by successive flooding which kept washing away the main street of town. By the time the town people figured out how to stop the flooding it was too late, main street was gone and the whole business area had to be reconfigured alongside the ditch. Eventually they decided to make the ditch into a park and it is a lovely place to stroll – either along the top or climbing down and walking along the creek at the bottom.
|The Ditch, Silver City AZ|
I wanted to do some more mountain driving, but we decided we were tired of that and it was time to make tracks for home. We left Silver City and headed for Phoenix on Sunday. We got there early afternoon and found out we were now on California time (Arizona does not use daylight saving time).
Today, Monday, we continued driving on I-10. We stopped in Palm Desert to spend the night. We have had a lazy day driving around the highly developed cities of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Desert Hot Springs being totally surprised at all the development –shopping malls, condos, golf courses and resorts, even a couple of high rise apartment buildings. How things have changed in the fifty or so years that we have been coming here!