We're leaving tomorrow to spend a week in the hills not far from Silver City at a place called Burro Mountain Homestead. The 214-acre site was first established in 1914 by the Ferguson family and was privately owned for many years. Hiking and ATV trails abound and I'm really looking forward to being among tall trees again. Even though we are blessed to have pines, oaks, and juniper around our house, at our elevation most trees are not very tall. One must go higher to find towering pines and oak trees that provide homes for squirrels and birds. We'll take our cat so that she can climb new trees and enjoy chasing unfamiliar lizards.
The Homestead celebrated its 100th year in operation in 2014 and looks like it will continue at least another century. The lodge and grounds have a wonderful history that includes such famous names as Teddy and Eleanor Roosevelt, and many Hollywood actors and actresses. The original lodge was the home of Isabella Selmes Ferguson Greenway King who died in 1953 in Tucson, Arizona. She is best known as the first U.S. congresswoman in Arizona history. She was also the long-time friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and was bridesmaid at the wedding of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. If you're interested, click here for more information. This book tells more about Isabella whose life is an inspiration to all free spirits.