|11-30-10 Tombstone, AZ
There is nothing Julie and I enjoy more than a good western style gunfight (who doesn’t?) With this in mind we decided to head on up to Tombstone, Arizona.
First we had to have coffee and breakfast. Then we spent some time online and the phone getting the rest of our trip plans squared away.
We left at around 10:30 in the Toyota for a short and pleasant 25 mile drive north to Tombstone. We found that the town has many well-preserved buildings from the 1880s. The original main drag of Tombstone was called Allen Street. It retains much of the frontier town flavor. It almost looks like a Hollywood western set. I couldn’t wait to buy tickets for the first gunfight I could find. Julie shook her head in amusement as we went to the “Helldorado Gun Fight” show, which I found delightful. The show was sort of a comedy involving gunbattles and fistfights. Great stuff. Our next stop was to buy more tickets to the gunfight reenactment at the OK Corral and a Historama narrated by Vincent Price. We then grabbed lunch at the famous (well, famous in Tombstone) Crystal Palace.
After lunch we headed on over to the OK Corral to watch the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday gun down the Clanton and McLowry boys. They do this every day (except holidays) at 2:00 p.m. The actors are what you might expect for this kind of show, but we thought the actor doing Doc Holiday was very good.
Things in Tombstone have hardly changed since the wild days of the 1880s. Well, I guess some things have changed as we saw Wyatt Earp (the actor) arrive for work in a black, late model Lexus.
We saddled up in the Toyota and headed back to Bisbee and got there just before dark. Julie wanted to check out a chocolate shop that we heard a couple from Homer, AK runs. It was closed (UNfortunately).
It's off to Tucson and the Desert Museum tomorrow. I guess this is as far South as we are gonna get, at least on this trip.