Monday, March 09, 2009

Tucson At last!

We got up and watched the sun come up over Truth or Consequences.....well, ok, we were going to McD's for breakfast BUT the sun was coming up! We really liked T or C. It's very picturesque with the mountains in the near distance and lots of pretty buttes. There's a large lake there and a mineral springs (although we couldn't find either of them). The Rio Grande runs along the town, too.

Originally it was named Hot Springs but won a contest the Truth or Consequences show was having where they wanted to rename a town to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. Miraculously we were on the road by 8 am! We only made just over 300 miles for the last two days!

It was pleasant drive to Tucson. We're halfway through Moby Dick disc wise. It only took 70 chapters before the Pequot landed her first whale!

On the way into Tucson we decided to turn south and go see the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone. We had lunch at a very empty b an b with very authentic Mexican food YUM! The historic district is about 3 blocks long and closed off to traffic. There were gunfights, cowboys, and working girls wandering around. The street was lined with stores with pottery, silver, and turquoise. I tried on some gorgeous bracelets in the words of my grandmother, “MY what good taste I have!”

It was cloudy and kind of gloomy as we pulled into Tucson. The first thing we saw was the “Boneyard” with acres and acres and acres of retired planes lined up in rows of military precision. There was also a big transport plane with a fighter jet trailer it and two other planes flying around on maneuvers. Pretty cool! We eventually found our way to Saguaro National Park (the East one). We drove the 8 mi loop looking at hundreds of cacti. There are 4 or 5 main types in this section of the park. I've never really seen anything like it. It was awesome! The light was very flat though and my camera doesn't have very good definition in low light. I plan to go to the West one during the midmorning afternoon and see if it's better.
Hung out in the hot tub last night. It was nice after 3 days in the truck and mostly crummy motels.

Now Kurt's on a call and we're waiting to change rooms since the nearest elevator is out of service and the Internet connection is rotten.

1 comment:

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I hope nobody names their town American Idol or Dancing With The Stars