Coronado National Memorial and Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca is an active military base, but there’s a sweet little history museum there so the base allows civilians to go on base for the purpose of visiting the museum. In order to get on base we had to first get a little plastic card that somehow, without running any kind of background checks, makes everything all safe and good. It was mystifying, but on the upside, Belle and Cinderella were also in line to get their passes. I failed to get a picture so you are just going to have to trust me that Belle and Cinderella were sitting in the waiting room with us.

Another upside was that this is probably the best ID picture I have ever taken.

If you are ever in the area, the museum is worth a look. The kids were excited to see old soldier uniforms, weapons, maps with explanations of the skirmishes, wars, battles, etc. having to do with the border between the US and Mexico. There’s a extensive exhibit with details around the Buffalo Soldiers, since a number of African American soldiers were housed there at one time.

After the museum, we visited the cemetery:

The last stop on the base was the Military Intelligence Museum, housed within the library. We had no idea what to expect and were pleasantly surprised by this chunk of the Berlin Wall.


After all this, we were ready for the outdoors so off to the Coronado Memorial we went. Our cell provider thought we were in Mexico, since we were so close to the border. We wrapped up the day with a hike to a lookout where we could see the wall, then a scramble in a cave with headlamps to light the way.

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