Tucumcari, NM. 8/8/2015: We wrapped up our "Grand Tour" by spending three days with our friends, John and Marsha Taylor, at their home in Show Low, Arizona. The dateline tells you we're now on our way home, so this report will pull together the last bits and pieces.
Show Low sits atop the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment that forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, stretching miles across the state. The edge of the rim is a sheer drop. The view beyond it is of endless forests bordered by faraway mountains.
Color in waves.
There is a trail along the rim. If you're a hiker or a biker, you'll get what you came for.
If you narrow your sights, the local flora may surprise you. There is bright color everywhere..for instance, this red wildflower that was clinging to the edge of the cliff. It was rooted in soil lodged between two boulders. You have to cheer a spirit like that.
I liked this fire tower picture, which tells a story of its own.
Wildfire is always a worry. The region has had more than its share. Smokey the Bear is not a joke. If you go there, expect to be expected to go by the rules. You know what they are.
Now about Show Low: It's a neat town, about 7000 feet above sea level. There are permanent residents and folks who keep summer homes to escape the heat in Phoenix. Lots of restaurants, art galleries and so on. You'd like it..but you're probably wondering about the name.
C. E. Cooley and Marion Clark lived there when the place was mostly ranch, partly settlement. The two of them came to a place where it was clear one or the other would have to leave. Guns? No, Poker. The trouble was, although the game ran all night, it ended in a draw. What to do? Cut the cards. The way the story is told, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." Cooley turned up the Deuce of Clubs and said, "Show low it is." Clark walked. The town became Show Low and main street is still called Deuce of Clubs.