I was due to be interviewed on 4/2 for membership in the Benson Elks lodge. So after leaving Deming I went back to Belle Starr’s Silverado Ranch to help her out as I had promised. I was the only RV staying there. She has also got a new caretaker that will help with the animals and cleanup. She does not live on the property but Belle told me that she will be moving onto the ranch shortly. It will be good once she begins living here as Belle is now all by herself.
When I arrived I had a nice long talk with Belle. She mentioned that she had worked out arrangements for a “real” cowboy to move onto the ranch and take over the care of the horses and mules. He was to be moving on to the property on Thursday and I would be able to meet him. Unfortunately he never called or showed up. She was very disappointed to say the least.
While there I helped reinforce the chicken coop because the baby chicks kept getting out. They need to gain a little more weight so they couldn’t get through the tiny openings.
I also walked around the stables and petted the horses and mules. They are lonely for people and they are so friendly. Here is a pic of one of the miniature horses. They are so cute and really small. They only come up to my waist. This one was very stand-offish and wouldn’t come near the fence.
Her is one of the miniature mules. They are so cute and really friendly. They just loved to be petted.
Belle also had many dogs and cats. This guy was a big shaggy dog that is so loving. He would lay under my RV to get out of the hot sun.
I also got a fountain going for Belle. A family of 7 kids had constructed it for Belle when they were visiting the ranch last year.
The night before I left I had to take a pic of the beautiful sunset.
The next day I left to drive to Benson to join the Elks Lodge. Before I left I snapped this pic of some of the horses. As I was driving away they all came over to see me off. They are so dear.
If any of you are in the Bisbee, AZ or Douglas, AZ area please stop in and say hi to Belle Starr and maybe give her a hand in any way that you can. She does not expect much but is so thankful for anything that you might do to help. It will give you a most wonderful feeling knowing that you helped her. It is also a great place for the kids who would like to see the ranch animals. You can find her blog at http://www.bellestarraz.blogspot.com It is an experience that you will never forget.