For the past couple of months, Bob and I have been looking forward to walking the Bisbee stairs. I was concerned that it would be really hard. One. Thousand. Steps. Wow!
Yesterday, it got really warm by the time we finished our 10k walk. This morning, we left an hour earlier.
The thoughts going through my mind were: "Was I was going to make it?", "Would my knee be okay?" (I wore my knee brace.) "Would I slow the group down?" Only one way to find out...go do it!
The RV park where we stayed was conducive to walking downtown, so we headed directly to staircase #1. When we were almost there, I had a moment of panic. I forgot my cell phone (which is also currently my camera)! Oh, no!
Bob came to my rescue and ran the 1/2 mile back to the RV park to snag my phone. He was quick! While we waited, we looked at all the art in an art alley.
|Lots of different styles of art in the|
Across the way, there was a cool mural.
After Bob returned, we continued to the first set of steps, 73 to be exact. They start you out on a staircase with the smallest number of steps. And we're off! Each stairway has a painted number and the number of steps at the beginning of the climb.
|Bob at Stairway #1.|
|We did a slight detour into the City Park.|
|This mural is painted on the benches|
of the City Park seating. Very well done!
So, you go UP on all the staircases and then back down so you can go up again. I know that sounds weird, but that's how they do it here.
|Bob on Staircase #2, 98 steps.|
|This rock wall with lots of pottery |
went all along the road.
|More rock wall art.|
|And then it switched over to glass art.|
|"Beverly Jean," by Jessica Gonzales |
(2022) - assisted by Dakin Martin.
|Cute little painted windows along|
the backs of buildings on an alley
|An interesting business.|
|Art by Muck Rock|
|Entryway to a home.|
|Another artsy entry.|
|Ah, the sweet scent of honeysuckle!|
|Staircase #3, 181 steps (the longest).|
Okay, here we go. This is the longest set of steps. I like the murals they paint along some of the staircases.
|Jan & Rick. Can you see them?|
|Looking down the stairs.|
|I'm in the foreground, |
Jan is up above me.
|Jan & Rick.|
|A nice welcome gate on |
the way up.
|A decorative windmill (with |
Spiderman) in the front yard .
|A car-door gate.|
|Desert bird of paradise.|
|Looking down the rainbow railings.|
From here we took a short detour to go out on Castle Rock. Yesterday, we had views of it from across the canyon. Today, we got up close and personal. The views are beautiful of Tombstone Canyon and the mountains.
|Shadow fun on |
|More shadow fun.|
|Bob, Jan, and Rick out on|
There is so much art along the route! I'm not even trying to show you all of it. And I'm not duplicating any art from yesterday's Volksmarch.
|An old mine opening |
across the canyon.
|Rick is life imitating art.|
|Pretty tiles on the |
side of a house.
|More art by Muck Rock.|
|This is someone's front fence!|
|My favorite art of the day! It is by|
On our way to Staircase #4 we passed by Bisbee High School and Gymnasium. An interesting fact about this four-story school is that each level has an entrance at ground level. That speaks to the fact about how hilly Bisbee is!
|We went past the high school|
|Next, we passed the rest of |
Bisbee High School.
|Staircase #4, 78 stairs.|
|Beautiful little garden.|
|Jan enjoying her morning|
coffee along with the views.
Next up: staircase #5, 151 steps. This is the second-longest set of stairs.
|And, we're going up again!|
|We stopped part-way up|
for an art photo op.
Rick & Jan with flower.
|Me and Bob with the flower. |
It looks like the flower wants
to eat us!
|MuckRock really gets around!|
|I love weather vanes!|
|This is my favorite house today!|
|Looking out at Bisbee, the Lavender|
Pit Mine, and the mountains.
|From the road we were on we had a |
bird's eye view of the County Courthouse
and St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
|Now we're higher than |
|There is a Bed & Breakfast in |
the Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb
building; hence, the art above.
|Rick, Bob, & Jan in front |
of the Bisbee 1000 HQ.
|How do you like my new|
beehive, conehead hairdo? LOL!
We had a bit of a walk to Stairway #6, but there was no lack of things to look at!
|The left side of a large mural.|
|The right side of the large mural |
(unfortunately it was in the shade).
|The information about the above mural.|
|A historic, sepia-toned mural with|
Bob, Jan, and Rick.
|Glass art in a front yard.|
|I loved all the zebras in this yard!|
We did Stairway #6 yesterday, but I wanted to get a better photo of the dragon gate at Mountainview Dragon Retreat.
|Stairway #6, 136 steps.|
|The dragon gate.|
After Staircase #6, we walked a long way on Adams Ave. and then down Moon Gate. As Moon Gate hooked up with Tombstone Canyon Rd., I spied a grotesque to photograph. When I looked at the photo later, I saw that James Bond had photo-bombed my picture.
|James Bond photo-bombed|
my grotesque picture!
|We named this tree sculpture|
|One of the four grotesques|
in the front yard of a home
for sale. (And, no, they won't
stay with the house.)
| A MuckRock mural of a rainbow|
|MuckRock mural again.|
|And another MuckRock mural!|
|Rick plays guitar so he |
especially likes this mural.
We have made it to Stairway #7, 96 stairs.
|Rick & Jan on their way up.|
|Bob raced to the top. I |
think he was inspired by
the Iron Man.
|Looking all the way down.|
We walked through a neighborhood to get to our next staircase. Again, we found all kinds of art.
|The Y knot.|
|A scrap metal parrot.|
|Another view of the Cochise |
|A gorgeous dragon on a staircase.|
|This mural is on the end of the |
Bisbee Woman's Club retaining wall.
(See video below for the main mural.)
|Art on Staircase #9.|
We made it! We finished the Bisbee 1000! Woo hoo! No hurt knee and I kept up just fine. This was an awesome walk, and very different from yesterday's walk. There were only a couple of duplications in our route.