The Border Myth at A Room With A View

P1010217It was one week before Labor Day and we decided to take a couple days and goof around in Bisbee, Az.  I was worried there would be no vacancies.  Surprisingly it was not a problem.  What ?! A holiday weekend and there are lots of rooms available?  Just didn’t make sense to me.  Oh wait.  We have availability too.  But why?  Why aren’t the people in the hot cities ready to come to our cooler climes and enjoy a long weekend?  Maybe they are afraid they will have to step over a dead body.

That’s how all the media hype has described living near the border.  One Phoenix resident even asked if they should buy their groceries in Green Valley as shopping in Nogales, Az. would be too dangerous.  Are you kidding me?  My sister-in-law had her purse stolen in the grocery parking lot in Indianapolis.  No such thing has occurred in Nogales that I have experienced in the 16 years I’ve lived here.  Statistically crime is the same or lower in all categories than Tucson or Phoenix.  There are no parts of Nogales that I’d be afraid to drive through or be in.  Can’t say the same for many cities in the U.S.

It is so sad to me to take my short trek across the line as I’ve been doing sine 1974 when I first arrived in Tucson, AZ.  Nogales Sonora was always “just the same”.  Always had a great time with the merchants and yummy food.  Since all the talk of shootings and drug violence in the border towns, the Nogales Sonoran border shopping area is decimated.  Many of the big stores (Continental) are gone.  Only a handful of merchants have been able to survive the decrease in business.  And why?  Nothing has changed.  I never fear for my life while going to eat at La Roca.  One evening as we were walking back a car pulled close to us and the father driving called to us and pointed to his little boy popping over the front seat.  The very English proficient young man wanted to tell us that we did not have to wait in line to cross back into the U.S.  Because of our age we could go to the front of the line.  Way cool.  Guess the grey hair gave me away.

So if you’d like to get away sometime to a cooler spot, see some gorgeous scenery, enjoy some awesome nature, meet nice people, eat good food, find shopping treasures… Think about heading south.  Patagonia will have it’s Fall Festival (always the second weekend in October) Oct.9-11.  Tombstone, Bisbee, Tubac, Rio Rico, Ambos Nogales (both sides of the border), Patagonia Lake, Tumacacori, Kartchner Caverns. Sonoita, Elgin and even wineries and breweries.  What’s not to like?  And A Room With A View is right in the epicenter.

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