After laving Gilbert Ray Campground near Tucson, we headed east for Benson, Arizona. We stayed there for several days at a private campground called Valley Vista, which was only a few miles south of Benson. Joan started having some problems with her left eye; we had been sightseeing in the Jeep shortly after arriving at Benson, and the wind/dust were irritating her eyes. She had some watering and felt like there was something in her left eye. She went to the ER at the Benson Hospital and saw the physician there; he diagnosed a corneal abrasion and prescribed antibacterial eye drops. Joan decided to stay close to the motorhome for a couple of days, and both of us did some cleaning and sorting, Dave visited with some of the other campers, and Joan tried to rest her eyes as much as possible.
Benson is a great area to stay, as it is so close to both Tucson and Tombstone, also to the Mexican border (although we didn’t choose to cross at this time). We went to Tucson several times for groceries and supplies, and checked out a couple of Goodwill stores. After a few days, we started doing some sightseeing, and taking short trips in the Jeep. Joan found a great hair salon in Benson, where haircuts were only $10. David decided he wanted some pampering, and went to the salon for a whirlpool foot treatment and pedicure; he found this a very relaxing experience.
Once Joan’s eye was a little better, we did make some day trips in the Jeep. The first trip we took was to Tombstone, and we spent the better part of a day there exploring almost everything in the old downtown area, and stopping at Boot Hill on our way home. We also did some shorter trips in the Jeep, on scenic highways through St. David, Sierra Vista, and Sonoita; picturesque towns with many old buildings. Another day we visited the Coronado National Monument, very close to the Arizona/Mexico border; we took Montezuma’s Pass which is a narrow dirt road with switchbacks to the top. We had the road to ourselves, with a marvelous panoramic view; we could see the border fence clearly. This road was used to transport goods back and forth from Mexico to the Arizona territory.