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by Gary Bain

Update-End of trip March 3, 2006

We arrived home Friday afternoon late. As always it's nice to come home but the entire vacation was a resounding success. We encountered no problems with horses or vehicles and just had a tremendously great time. We stopped at Deming again on our return as well as Tucumcari and include some pics below should anyone want to utilize these spots for overnight horse camping.  The stop overs were very nice and Deming has free Wi-Fi for interet use. Deming stop over is the Empty Saddle and Tucumcari is the Diamond "T". Also a couple of pics of the Wickenburg riding area are included.

Also we stopped at Casa Grande just out of Phoenix as we left Wickenburg and visited a good friend of ours, Russ Loggins. He travels the states with "The Warbird Rides of America". They fly the T-6 and take guests up for a thrilling look at what the airmen of the second World War piloted. I went for a ride myself when I was in Alaska last year and can tell you first hand, it was FUN!!

In particular I was more than pleased with the performance of the Damon Daybreak motor home. It pulled the horse trailer effortlessly and it tracked beautifully. All the accommodations where we stayed were as advertised and the hospitality couldn't have been better.  We are ready to go again!!

 

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Russ, Barb and Gary

Paying respect to ?, a grave we came across!!

 

At Wickenburg

 

Deming

 

Tucumcari

 

Update 23 Feb 2006

The hospitality continues!! We arrived at the Horsepitality Ranch in Wickenburg, AZ the afternoon of 22 Feb. As soon as we got settled in we were invited to a camp BBQ for some scrumptious vittles. What a welcome!! Today we took off for a 3 hour ride and took some more pics as well as more HD video. The terrain here is a bit more rugged than at the OK Corral and truly gives one a feeling of being in the old wild west. Here are just a few pics of the first ride and if you would like to see pics of the Goldfield ghost town back at the OK Corral area I have added them below, just scroll down the page to see them.

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Update 21 Feb 2006

What an incredible week!! We can't believe it's time to pull out of here tomorrow already and head for Wickenburg. The hospitality here at the OK Corral has been nothing less than incredible. Beautiful scenery, fantastic weather, wonderful people, and most importantly, no problems with the horses, has created an experience that has far exceeded our expectations.

We took another ride to Goldfield, the ghost town, and had a big western omelet for breakfast Sunday morning. What a way to go. One could ride for days here and never see it all. The week here has just been darn incredible and here's some of the pictures. Will update again at Wickenburg and take pictures of all the gold nuggets I find there-ha!!

Pics of Ghost Town, Goldfield, AZ

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UPDATE: Saturday February 18th 2006

We arrived at the OK Corral the evening of the 15th of February. Our first overnight on the way here was at Tucumcari New Mexico and the next evening was spent at Deming New Mexico. We arrived at the OK Corral at Apache Junction just before dark on the evening of the 15th. The motor home, a 2006 33' Damon Daybreak, has performed flawlessly thus far.

We took the day off Thursday and let the horses, as well as ourselves, recuperate! Friday we took a short ride to the ghost town of Goldfield. Today, the first day I took my camera, we made two rides around the area just sightseeing. The following pics were taken during these rides. I will elaborate more on the other events at a later time.

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Barb in foreground

Barb

Gary and Barb

 

Sunset view from motor home

 

Horseback riding and searching for gold!! Now that's my idea of a great time. My wife, Barb, and I will be departing Oklahoma the morning of Feb 13th , bright and early, and our first destination will be Tucumcari for an overnight stay. Then on to Deming for another overnight and then to the OK Corral at Apache Junction Arizona where we will stay for a week. Departing there we will travel west a few hours to Wickenburg and set up camp for another week at the Horsepitality Ranch. While there I will spend some of my days at Rich Hill searching for gold nuggets with my metal detector. To see my previous trip to Rich Hill just click on "Gold Prospecting" from the nav bar on the home page.

We will be traveling in a recently purchased 2006 Damon Daybreak motor home and will be pulling a 2 horse slant-load Featherlite trailer with two of our Paint horses, Dream and Angel. Koko and Frito, our two Poms, will be tagging along also. I will be taking my Direcway Satellite dish as well as my Direct TV dish and if successful in setting them up will have internet access throughout the trip. I hope to update this site with pics each day so follow along if you like. 

The week at the OK Corral should offer some spectacular scenery as well as some incredible horseback riding. Ron Feldman is the host and owner and has written a few books about the Lost Dutchman's gold mine.

At Rich Hill there should be some excitement also. Recently some very nice nuggets have been discovered, including a 3 1/2 ouncer!! I'll be using a White's GMT, the same detector I took to Alaska the past couple of summers.

Stay tuned in, I hope to post some really neat pics and stories-Gary and Barb

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