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A couple of nights ago, in preparation to view and photograph the  Perseid meteor shower, I went up to the deck of suite 401 at the Gym Club Suites to try out photographing the stars with our Nikon D600.  Before that I went online to learn how to set the ISO,  f-stop and shutter speed.  With my new found knowledge, I managed to take a few photos of the stars and was confident that I would be able to capture a few shooting stars later that night.

Starry skyI got up about quarter after 2 Monday morning and went up to the deck again.  Now that all the bars were closed, I was happy that it was darker and that I was able to see the stars much better.  It was so pleasant up on the deck – crisp cool air and a sky full of stars and  an occasional shooting star.  Every time I pressed on the shutter, I was hoping that a shooting star would appear at the direction my camera was pointing at.  No such luck.  Now I can appreciate much more the meteor photos I see on the internet.  But, I did get some interesting pictures.

B-mountain long exposure

The Perseid meteor shower show will continue tonight, Tuesday August 13, 2013.  Although last night’s show was to be more impressive with more than 60 meteors every hour,  tonight’s show will peak at dozens of shooting stars every hour.

Tonight or any clear nights, there are places you can drive to within 10 minutes of Old Bisbee where you find yourself far away from city lights and be able to see dark sky full of bright stars.   Take highway 92 towards Sierra Vista, a couple of miles pass Safeway – anywhere you can find a place to park.  You can also drive up to the Old Divide for a good view of the sky.  Tonight will be a good one to view the Perseid meteor shower.  Maybe you’ll be lucky and capture one on you camera.

For more information of this year’s Perseid meteor shower and live stream of tonight’s meteor shower, click HERE.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

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Do you know Bisbee has magnificent waterfalls?  You can see them only after heavy monsoon rains.  If you should be in Bisbee during the monsoon season (July to mid September), be sure to take a drive to see this rare beautiful sight after it rains.

Starting from Old Bisbee, drive west on Hwy 80 and through the Mule Pass Tunnel.  Just 2 miles after you’ve passed the tunnel, there is a turnout on the left side of the highway where you can park.  Before you make the left turn, you should be able to hear the water running – a waterfall right next to the highway.  You’ll get better view of the waterfalls if you walk (southeast) towards Hidden Meadow Lane.  With your camera ready, look across the highway and up… zoom in.

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Cochise County Sheriff Department has encouraged people not to climb up to the falls.  Water makes the rocks very slippery – dangerous for the climber as well as the rescuers.  Just a week ago, a teenager was hurt there:  fractured back, broken ribs and elbow.

Enjoy the photos and videos.  Leave the climbing to the pros.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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At 47 degrees Fahrenheit year round, the Queen Mine is the coolest place to be in the summer anywhere in Arizona.  The Queen Mine operated from 1877 – 1975. It has seven levels with 143 miles of passageways. The Mine has natural ventilation due to the many shafts and drifts.

Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year—heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama.  Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.  Some of the tour guides are already in their 80’s.  So, come visit soon.

Old Bisbee Map

Five tours depart each day, seven days a week, from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee’s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange.

9:00am, 10:30am, Noon, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
$13 for adults
$5.50 for ages 4-12
(taxes are included)
Children under 4 are free.

Prices subject to change
Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Read about the  Queen Mine Tour history and the Bisbee mining history.

Browse through the beautiful rocks at the gift shop inside the Queen Mine Tour building.  You can also pick up brochures and maps at the Bisbee Visitors Center next to the gift shop.  Our volunteers are willing and ready to help you plan a wonderful visit in Bisbee.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum is another “must see” while you’re in Bisbee.  It’s part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program, the first museum in the southwest to be designated – and distinguished – as an Affiliate since 1998.  Once a year the Mining Museum also sponsors a Turquoise Hunt where rock hounds can hunt for the valuable Bisbee turquoise – the Bisbee Blue.  (2013 Turquoise Hunt is cancelled, call around mid year 2014 regarding 2014 Turquoise Hunt.)

 

 

 

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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Last weekend, our suite 201 Rainbow’s End, was once again the bridal suite – this time for our beautiful bride Sharon.  The bride and groom had chosen the top of Mule Mountain in Bisbee to exchange their vows at sunset.  What a great idea!!  I hope the newlyweds will share with us some of their pictures.

The road up to the mountain top has recently been graded and the packed gravel road although steep at times is quite well maintained.  To go from Old Bisbee, take Hwy 80 W through the tunnel.  Turn right on Old Divide Road.  Once you’re on top of the tunnel, turn left onto Juniper Flats Road and continue up the mountain.  It is possible to go all the way up to the communication towers.

Al and Kelly Bossence of theBayfieldBunch.com who make their home in Arizona during the winter months the last few years explored the Mule Mountain this January.   Al wrote a wonderful blog with lots of beautiful pictures: http://thebayfieldbunch.com/2011/01/atop-tombstone-canyons-northern-edge.html.  Maybe it’ll inspire you to take a drive up there the next time you visit Bisbee.  (A couple of links on the article are no longer good.  There are the current links:  re. Todd Bogatay http://www.toddbogatay.com/; best retirement living – Bisbee http://www.frugal-retirement-living.com/retire-to-Bisbee.html.

Notes:  1.  You’ll need to get a permit from Bureau of Land Management to hold a wedding ceremony on BLM land.  2. If you’re interested in seeing more of Bisbee, go to Al’s photo Album https://plus.google.com/photos/117858411710794543295/albums/5412944773572742833?banner=pwa.  Al takes BEAUTIFUL pictures.

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A blog about Bisbee and events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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Last year I posted 12 reasons to come to Bisbee to do your Christmas shopping because of the unique shops and services that are offered.  To read the first 12 reasons, click  HERE.   This year I will continue with …

REASON #13   The Bisbee Fiber Shop   – 26 Howell Ave., located at the basement of the Bisbee Y Building (formerly YWCA).  Website: http://www.bisbeefiberarts.com/index

 For the Fiber Enthusiasts

Members of the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild sell their fiber art through the shop.  The studio in the basement of the local Y is devoted mainly to loom weaving.  The Guild also hosts a variety of classes that are open to the public.  There are weekly sessions on weaving, spinning, knitting and felting.  Visitors to Bisbee are welcome to connect with our local fiber enthusiasts.

Once a year, normally in May, there will be a Fiber Arts Festival at the Bisbee Farmers Market.   The Guild members also take an active role in the annual Cochise County Fair demonstrating weaving and spinning.  Contact info and class info can be found on their website above.

The Fiber Shop is open Fridays through Sundays beginning Thanksgiving weekend through April.  The inventory is always changing but usually includes rag rugs, hand knit and woven shawls and scarves, gloves and mittens, purses, fine quality fiber tools, unique hand spun and hand painted yarns for knitters, recycled silk yarn, alpaca and wool fiber, lovely hand crafted ornaments, special sweaters and much more.  They’re perfect for gift giving.

REASON #14   Divine Teas & Novelties   -51 Main Street, website:  http://www.bisbeefiberarts.com/index

Lilith

Lilith of Divine Teas & Novelties offers a full range of teas from around the world and local growers as well as spices, tea accessories, baked goods, premium chocolates, silk scarf,  jewelry and jewelry boxes.

Divine Teas sells tea and herbal teas.  They offer many varieties of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong [Chinese tea], and black.  Don’t know the difference?  Go to their new website and click on the link on Tea Information.

It is said to be the only store in Arizona that blends its own teas.   Some of their 35 different kinds of specially blended teas are Goddess Brew Tea, Peppermint Tea, Orage Spice Tea, Pomegranate Green, Arianrhod’s Tea.  You may catch Lilith blending teas when you walk into the shop.  Lilith’s blends come in teabag form or as loose tea leaves.  They make great gifts for your tea-loving friends.

Divine Teas & Novelties also offers its establishment for small group (5-10) meetings or a place for new and old friends to have a fragrant cup of tea together and chat.   On a cold day, one can pick up a cup of hot tea to go and continues on with one’s shopping.

REASON #15   Bisbee Stitches, The Teeny Tiny Toy Store    -15 Main Street, website:  http://bisbeestitches.com

Jill Richards wrote about the Teeny Tiny Toy Store in her blog :

“Teeny Tiny Toy Store, which Hundley shares with fellow artist Hywel Logan, comes by its name honestly — it’s about the size of a walk-in-closet. Hundley and Logan use the space as both store and studio. The shop’s shelves are tidy, and Logan’s paintings hang wherever there’s a free spot on the walls. Hundley’s distinctive Stitches are perched at eye level next to brand-name toys — including an Alfred Hitchcock “The Birds” Barbie. The shop also sells action figures, wind-up robots and handmade President Obama dolls.”   — read full story

New stitches on 12-18-10

Visit their blog where they feature their latest stitches.  Better yet, visit the tiny toy store and pick up some lovable dolls for the favorite kids in your life.

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A blog about Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

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For almost thirty years on the weekend after Thanksgiving, the Bisbee Women’s Club presents the Historic Home Tour.  Ten turn-of-the-century homes will be featured this year.

In the early 1900’s, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco because of the booming mining industry.  Miners built their homes in the surrounding hillsides, then spread out to the Warren district.  When mining came to an end in the 1970’s. the miners left behind their cabins, abondoned. 

Gradually, Bisbee began to populate again because of its mild climate.  Newcomers renovated these miners’ cabins to live or as vacation homes.  This trend continues today.  Every year, the Historic Home Tour presents some of these newly renovated homes.  Below is a story of one of the homes in this year’s tour published in the Arizona Daily Star http://ow.ly/3de7y:

BISBEE – “Remuddled” is how Nanette Slusser describes the state of her home when she bought it.

What was thought to once have been the headquarters of the lumberyard had been turned into two apartments. And it languished on the real-estate market for more than a year.

It was quite the challenge for her husband, Tom Slusser, who embarked on a two-year project to turn the remuddle into a proper remodel.  (read more)

 

So, come visit Bisbee this Friday-Saturday.  Bring the entire family to see where the miners lived decades ago.  Perhaps  you’ll be inspired also to transform a broken down miner’s cabin into a show piece for the future Historic Home Tour . 

Stay around for the lighting of Main Street Friday night with dancing, singing and Santa.  Join us on Main Street for the special Holiday Art Walk on Saturday til 7pm.  There will be music, snacks and drinks.  Spend a night in Bisbee and wake up to the gorgeous mountain view as experienced by the early settlers to Bisbee.  Maybe you’ll fall in love with Bisbee like so many of us here.

Events for this Thanksgiving weekend in Bisbee:

Historic Home Tour – Friday Nov 25, 26 10am-4pm, Saturday Nov 26, 10am-3pm.  Advanced tickets sale at the Visitor’s Center $12. Call 520-432-3554 for children and military discounts.

Silent Art Chair Auction – View chairs at St. John’s Episcopal Church same hours as the Home Tour.  Winners will be announced Saturday 4:30pm.

Festival of Lights – at Grassy Park in front of Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum Friday 6pm. See lighting of Bisbee Main Street to kick off this holiday season.

Holiday Art Walk on Main Street- 10am – 7pm Saturday.

There will not be a Gem and  Mineral Show as originally announced this year.  The next Queen Mine Gem & Mineral Show will  be in May of 2011. 

More reading:

http://ow.ly/3djNz  Bisbee Historic Home Tour and Chair Auction by U.S. Army Fort Huachuca

http://ow.ly/3djQq  Bisbee: Festival of Lights kicks of Holiday Season

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A blog about Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

 

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On October 7th and 8th, 2011, the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum will again sponsor the Bisbee Turquoise Hunt.  

History of Bisbee Turquoise 

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Phelps Dodge, in order to expose the high grade copper ore,  extracted  lower grade ore along with deposits of turquoise into dump trucks and hauled them aways.  Miners and company employees who recovered these precious stones from the dump, against company rule, were the only source of this famous Bisbee turquoise.  In 1972, Phelps Dodge leased the right to recover the turquoise from the dump to Bob Matthews who sold most of the tuquoise to Durango Silver, CO.  Durango Silver now owns the largest collection of Bisbee turquoise.

Bisbee Blues, a registered name for Bisbee turquoise

“High-quality Bisbee Turquoise is a hard, strikingly brilliant blue stone often with red-brown spiderwebbing, dendrites or hard chocolate brown colored matrix distinctive to the area near Bisbee.”  (from Durango Silver’s website) 

Click on the link to see a slide show of Bisbee turquoise http://ow.ly/2huoj from bisbeeturquoise.com.

2009 Turquoise Hunt

Some of the biggest turquoise recovered from last year’s Hunt were found by professional jewelers.  Unlike amateurs who were happy to find tiny pieces of turquoise by flipping over rocks and digging into dirt, they scanned the ground for big ones.  And, they found big ones.

This one was found by Olin, a jeweler from Phoenix.  This was his second time to the Bisbee Turquoise Hunt.  You’ll see why when you see the picture below.

A darker turquoise, potentially worth $1000 when cut.

This one was found by Bisbee’s own Rock Man, Bruce Mead. 

A larger rock measuring 4+ inches across, potentially worth $300.

 

Why don’t you join the professional jewelers and spend a couple of hours hunting for treasure?   Oct 7th, 2011, Friday, is open only for members ($20) of the Mining Museum.  Oct 8th, Saturday, is open to the public ($30) .  For more information, contact the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum 520-432-7071.

Turquoise Links:

Bisbee Minining & Historial Museum Newsletters http://www.bisbeemuseum.org/bmhm/newsletters/bmnewsletter02.pdf

http://www.bisbeemuseum.org/bmhm/newsletters/Newsletter-spring%202010.pdf

Finders Keepers, 81 Main Street, Bisbee    http://www.fkeepers.com/bisbeeturquoise.html

Natural turquoise vs stabilized turquoise http://www.collectorsguide.com/fa/fa098.shtml

Durango Silver’s page on Bisbee Turquoise & Youtube video on Bisbee Turquoise http://www.bisbeeturquoise.com    http://ow.ly/2Orh6

 

 

October 7-8 Weekend Events in Bisbee

Besides the Turquoise Hunt, other events this weekend are:

Farmers Market:  8am – 1pm Saturday.  Enjoy music by Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl under the “Social Tree”.  http://www.bisbeefarmersmarket.org/#!market-news

Wine Tasting Fest:  4-7 pm Saturday.  Sample more than 50 Old and New World wines.  This event is guaranteed to be an afternoon of great food, music and fun.  www.bisbeerotaryclub.org or 520-432-3554.

Bisbee After 5:  5-8pm Saturday Oct 8th, 2011.  Enjoy special sales and promotions, enter to win a raffle worth $200+, enjoy live entertainment and artist receptions until 8pm.   http://bisbeeafterfive.blogspot.com/

 

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A blog about Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980’s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

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