Chiricahua Apaches fought fiercely
for this land until their final surrender in 1886, but the spirit of the
great chief Cochise lingers -- immortalized in the profile of rugged mountains
to the north, where a giant ponderosa pine forms his eyelash.
In the 1924's, the area was turned into a United States national monument,
and generations of visitors have since been awed by the strange rock formations.
Massai point -- elevation 6847 feet with a magnificent 100 mile east-west
vista -- would make a magnificent meteor observation station. An early
bedtime was planned in anticipation of 1:00 AM -- all the more difficult because
of a forgotten alarm clock! Click on pictures to enlarge, or
click the hawk to continue your journey.
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