After Sedona, we continued our little roadtrip to southern Arizona. Our destination was Tucson, P’s hometown. The plan was to spend some time in Tucson with P’s family and do a small trip with his parents to Bisbee, Tombstone, and Chiricahua National Monument.
After spending a night in Tucson, we headed south east for about 2 hours to Bisbee, a small old mining town with a quirky personality. When we first entered the town, I didn’t really understand why Bisbee was such a tourist destination. The town was a little run down. But as we approached the town center, we observed Zombie themed party posters, colorful living room sets in the middle of a dry field, and lots of antique shops, eccentric art galleries, and cafes. Kinda weird and awesome at the same time. We dined on quiche and meatloaf sandwiches for lunch and explored the town with what little time we had. Bisbee definitely has character! Too bad we had to hurry back north an hour to Tombstone to catch the last showing of the O.K. Corral gun shooting show.
My vision of what the Wild West would be like came to life in the town of Tombstone. Woah… A little kitschy and definitely a town preserved for the tourists, this town had cowboys, horses, and gun fights. Nothing really to do here except watch a gun fight show, take some pics with a few cowboys, and learn some stories and history of the Wild West. The O.K. Corral was a staging of the famous shoot out between the towns people with gun shots and all. The actors were clearly loving their roles and the gun shots were a bit frightening. But, it was a fun time and the highlight of Tombstone. The famous Bird Cage Theater was at the end of the street where people can experience the heyday of whores, gambling, and drinking… well kinda… It’s now a museum with everything set up the way it was back in the day. It’s also apparently a hot spot for ghost hunters. We arrived in Tombstone at around 2pm, and by the evening, we started running out of things to do… We ended up going back to our hotel and playing board games until bed time…
Chiricahua National Monument
On our way back to Tucson, we stopped by Chiricahua to see the beautiful rock formations and views. Unbeknownst to me, we were going to hike the popular trail through the park. Good thing I was wearing my sneakers… P’s parents lead the way and we trudged through dirt and then snow and then more dirt. But, it was definitely worth it! I have never seen any park that was so beautiful. The weather was perfectly cool with the sun shining plus I got a major work out.