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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