We're not done with rain, nor critters, but a quick trip to the Empire Ranch near Sonoita is a nice diversion from scary, annoyed and WOW!!
The ranch was originally purchased ... or maybe just homesteaded ... around 1871. Tucson businessman Edward Nye Fish originally settled here. No one seems to know who actually built the old adobe ranch house. Easterner Walter Vail and his English business partner Herbert Hislop purchased it from Fish in 1876, along with 612 head of cattle. The sales price was an astounding $1,174.
In no time, they expanded the ranch to 180 square miles. Just as a comparison, our little ranch was ONE square mile ... this one 115,200 square miles.