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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Road Trip

Well, kind of. After hitting Curves this morning, I came home and got a couple of cups of coffee in me. Then, it was time to get ready for our day trip to Tombstone, AZ and beyond.

Russ & Pat joined us on our road trip. Tombstone is almost 2 hours south of Tucson. I was pretty excited about seeing the town in which so much cowboy history happened. Russ kept teasing me about it. Turns out he was right - it's pretty commercialized. I guess I was expecting the town to be filled with historical markers and buildings from the 1880s. I'm sure there were some, but really the town has become a tourist attraction. Lots of restaurants and retailers. Of course, there is an attraction for the gunfight at the OK Corral, but we didn't pay to go into it.

Tombstone's main street
Local stagecoach
One of the many cowboys in town
We walked up and down the street, wandering in and out of stores as they caught our attention. We had a good lunch at the Longhorn Restaurant. All of the storefronts are made up to look like those you think you'd find in an Old West town. And you can find any kind of souvenir possible, but there are lots of pretty cool things, too. Randy found a pair of moccasins he's been searching for, so that was good.

Over all, I would say that Tombstone was a bit of a disappointment. However, we can now say we've been there. From Tombstone, we continued south to Bisbee, a mining town that has become more of an artist's haven.

We just rode through Bisbee as none of us was in the mood to get out and walk through more shops. For friends and family back in MD/PA, it reminded me of Old Ellicott City. The town is built into a hill. I tried to get a picture of the houses terraced on a hillside, but it didn't come out good. Bisbee started out in the late 1870s as a copper mining town, but mining ceased in 1975. That's when the artists and craftsmen began to make Bisbee theirs.

Bisbee's main street
The Lavender Pit - copper mine
Our journey south continued to Naco, AZ where there is a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Since we'd heard of the wall, it was pretty neat to see it. I just think it needs to be continued along the rest of the US/Mexican border!

After viewing the border, it was time to begin our long drive home. So glad Randy doesn't mind driving! We did make a stop at Walmart so that Randy could pick up a new hair trimmer - poor guy, his old one stopped in the middle of his cutting his hair last night!! Thank God for hats! :)

We got home a little after 6pm. It was a long day, but fun. We really enjoy spending time with Russ & Pat and looking forward to another week here with them. Hope they aren't sick of us yet!

Tomorrow is going to be an "at home" day. Gotta clean once in awhile! And I need to update the finances and make sure we've still got money to play with! :)

Until the next time . . .

2 comments:

  1. wow that picture looks so much like Old Ellicott City!....except for the backdrop of mountains and deep blue sky!

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  2. Lindsay7:12 AM

    Bisbee does look like Old Ellicott City!

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