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Rainbow’s End,  Suite 201, of the Gym Club Suites is a 1300 square foot, two story apartment suite with a 560 square foot deck that has a 270 degree view of Old Bisbee.  When the building was being renovated in 1985 into a 17 unit apartment building, the managing partner of the project, Garth Collier of Collier-Craft Development Company, designed this unit to be his future residence.   Mr. Collier lived in suite 201 and Mr Craft lived in suite 105 after the project was completed.


View from SE corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

After twenty some years, the wood deck has deteriorated.  It’ time for a new one.  But, it’s a big job.  The deck has no outside access and it’s two stories above ground level.  The old wood from the existing deck will need to be removed and disposed of.  The roof where the deck sits on needs to be cleaned and be coated with a couple of layers of roof coating because we’re hoping we will not have to work on it for another 20 years.  New wood will have to be taken up – over 150 pieces of 8 footers.

It’s mid-May.  The weather was getting hot.  But, it needed to be done before the monsoon season began.

We started out with an 8’x8′ area just outside the patio door.  We took out the existing 8×8 deck –  pried the wood boards off the joists, banged in the exposed screws, cut down the boards for easy handling.  We experimented with different gap sizes between the boards and how to compensate for boards that were not straight.  After the 8×8 area was finished, we had to stop for a while because of a check-in.  This break gave us time to reconsider how we would approach the rest of the deck.


On the left are old joists with parts of deck boards still attached. On the right are stacks of 16″ 2×6’s. Lower right shows the 8×8 “new” deck.

The new approach would be to eliminate any kind of prying and banging down the screws.  This was accomplished by cutting both sides of the board that was screwed into the joist.   We ended up with pieces of 2×6’s that were about 16 inches long and old  joists with pieces of wood still screwed into them.  The joists were then cut into smaller pieces with a miter saw.  Once the old wood was removed, the roof  swept clean and painted, it’s time to build.  But, we had to take another break because of reservations.

With the experience of building the 8×8 deck, we decided to build the deck differently from before – which was  6 or 7 smaller, independent decks put next to each other.  This time, the deck boards would be staggered.  It was going to be one big deck – no more unevenness or wobbling.

Here are more photos:

Building the deck - one board at a time.

Building the deck – one board at a time.

Finished deck.

Finished deck: we used Cabot Wood Stain instead of paint – no more cracking and peeling paint 🙂

Now, imagine yourself enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning – the sun is about to rise above the B Mountain.  It had rained the night before, but there’s not a cloud in the sky.  The air is crisp and fresh.  You can hear the birds chirping joyously, welcoming a brand new day.

Or, imagine later in the afternoon… the sun is already hiding behind the monsoon clouds; there is a light breeze.  It’s the perfect setting to share a bottle of wine with good friends, relaxing around the patio table, lingering until you hear the first thunder.   If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see this amazing sight (photo by Joseph Oland):  http://ow.ly/mZH9R

Monsoon season is actually a great time to visit Bisbee.  Our temperature is 10-20 degrees lower than that of Tucson or Phoenix.  The average summertime low is in the mid 60’s.  No matter how hot it gets during the day, we always have cool nights and mornings.   As a bonus, you’ll get to see the gorgeous waterfalls of Bisbee after the monsoon rain.

This year, we are offering low, low summer rates.   So, bring your entire family and enjoy a delightful summer vacation in Bisbee, Arizona at the Gym Club Suites.   We are also offering a summer deal at ArizonaGuide.com and DestinationBisbee.com.  Summer deal and summer rates ends September 30th, 2013.  Come visit us soon.


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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First phase of the border wall between Douglas (US) and Aqua Prieta (Mexico) was recently completed.  Final inspection went smoothly on Friday June 24.

The wall is one mile long starting near the border crossing along International Avenue down to A Avenue.  When funding is available, Phase 2 of the project will  pick up from A Avenue, continuing eastward for a few more miles. 

If you get a chance, drive down to Dougles and see your tax dollars at work.  From Bisbee, take 80E to Douglas; make a left at G Avenue and go all the way down to International Ave.  Make a right at Internation and you will see the beginning of the wall.   You will also see a gigantic gate which allows the Border Patrol to cross over to the dirt road  where the old fence stands.  The gate is so strong that a car going 60 miles per hour cannot crash through. 

If you drive east on International all the way to A Ave where the wall ends, you’ll see what it was like before: the old fence and the ditch of dirt.  The new ditch is all concrete rising up to at least 10 feet high.  On top of the concrete barrier is a 10 foot double metal mesh fence. 

For those who cannot go see the border wall in person.  Here are some pictures taken at the site.


This is the begining of the new border wall (looking east).  The metal fence is 10 feet tall; the concrete below is another 10 feet deep.  The horizontal concrete bar is a road that connects International Ave to the dirt road that runs along the old fence.


(Left) This is another view of the beginning of the border wall, looking south from International Ave.   One can see the activities on the other side of the border clearly.  The concrete and the bars on its right are old.  I wonder what is their plan to secure this part of the border.  (Right, Lower) Looking to the right (west) is the border crossing.


The opening to the road that crosses over to the old fence is protected by this humongous 20-foot tall gate.


(Left) This is the end of the border wall at A and International Avenues.  Starting here the ditch is all dirt.  (Right) You can see where the Border Patrol is stationed.     


(Left) At this point, the concrete below the fence is 18 feet deep –  it’s a total of 28 feet from the bottom to the top.  (Right)  This is the one mile long border wall looking west on International Ave.













All along this beautiful new border wall are residential dwellings.  With the newly paved road and the see-thru fence, it feels clean and very open, yet with a great sense of security.   Also, with two fences, the activities on the other side of the border are not as obvious. 


I hope the residents who endured three months of construction noise and dust are happy with the results.


Gym Club Suites is located in Old Bisbee, 30 miles from the US-Mexico border crossing in Douglas, AZ. 

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

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

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


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The 5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour (2010) – Doors Wide Open – is bigger and better than ever.  It is scheduled for June 12, Saturday and June 13, Sunday.   Below is the Press Release:

5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour : “Doors Wide Open”

Discover 21 amazing, unique and totally different historic establishments at the 5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour in beautiful Bisbee, Arizona on Saturday, June 12 from 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 13 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tickets are just $15 for either one or both days, and include 10 different lodging facilities on each day, plus free rides on a bus shuttle, water and two complimentary breakfasts. On Saturday morning, from 9 to 11 am the Calumet & Arizona Guest House in the historic Warren neighborhood is offering a free breakfast in its gracious Victorian dining room to all tour participants. On Sunday morning there will be a free pancake breakfast in Goar Park, in downtown Old Bisbee. Go to both if you like!

Tickets will be available in advance from the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce. Either telephone 520 432 5421 or send an email <chamber@bisbeearizona.com>. You can also purchase tickets on either Saturday or Sunday morning at the chamber office at 1 Main Street, Old Bisbee or at the Bisbee Visitor Center across the street. The Calumet & Arizona Guest House will also have tickets for sale on Saturday morning, 608 Powell St, in Warren District.

All lodging establishments on the tour are locally owned or managed. As participants on the tour, you will get an insider’s view of Bisbee’s architectural heritage as well as how newer buildings add to the character of this former copper mining town.

Among the unique lodgings are a B & B that was once a schoolhouse and another that was a mining executive’s home. You can visit a guesthouse that was originally a miner’s cottage with breathtaking, panoramic views, and an historic hotel that played host to such notables as Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne. (It is said by some to also have ghosts!) On the tour there will be a vintage trailer court and a Route 66 style motor court; an 1890’s inn that was once a miners’ boarding house and an inn in the infamous Brewery Gulch. There are suites that are in the former YMCA building and another that has a hidden garden. There are more lodgings open for this tour than can be seen in one day, so come on Saturday, stay overnight, enjoy Bisbee’s nightlife — live music by Train Wreck at the Bisbee Coffee Shop patio, 4 – 8 PM, galleries open along Main Street — and take in the second half of the tour on Sunday.

The City of Bisbee is known worldwide for its old world charm and new world charisma. Located approximately 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is Arizona’s premier destination for arts and culture, Western heritage, urban hiking, unique shopping and first class restaurants. For tourist information contact the Bisbee Visitor Center at 520 432 3554 (1-866-2BISBEE) or visit <www.discoverbisbee.com>. The tour is sponsored by the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce.

How can we make this Lodging Tour better?  How about FREE?  Gym Club Suites will give you two free tickets ($30 value) to the Lodging Tour if you stay with us both Friday (June 11th, 2010) and Saturday (June 12th, 2010)  nights – limit two tickets per unit.  Must call to make your reservation for the free tickets.  This offer ends 6/2/10 6pm.  

Be sure to take advantage of the two free breakfasts — Joy of Calumet serves a fabulous breakfast.  You don’t want to miss it.  Remember to turn in your ticket to any of the participating lodges, the Chamber or the Visitor’s Center for a chance to win prizes including free night’s lodging, free dinners for 2 and free massages. 

Go to http://bisbeelandmark.com/roomsnew.html to pick you favorite unit.  You can also find out what other events are scheduled for that weekend from this link: www.bisbeelandmark.com/BisbeeEvents.html.

Feel free to call (520-234-5921) or email (reservations@bisbeelandmark.com) us if you have any questions.

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