|This past week we spent in the Tucson, AZ area. We stayed at Lazy Days RV Park which was very nice. Nice clean spacious park with a nice restaurant, exercise room, two pools and jacuzzis.
We started our sight seeing by going to Saguaro National Park, Saguaro (Sah-Wah-row) are the largest and slowest growing cacti. They can grow up to 50 feet tall and live for centuries. It takes between 35 and 45 years to grow 6 feet. There were more than 50 different species of cactus in the park. We went to both the east and west sections of the park which are on opposite sides of the City. East on Tuesday and West on Friday.
Wednesday we took a all day motorcycle ride to Tombstone, AZ. Tombstone is a popular and famous western town where the legendary gun battle took place between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday at the O.K. Corral. The Town kept it's western look and is now home to several shops, saloons and other historic buildings. From Tombstone we continued south riding through the Town of Bisbee, AZ. Bisbee was home to one of the richest copper sources, the Copper Queen Mine. Unfortunately we were short on time and couldn't spend a lot of time here....I guess we will have to go back. From Bisbee we headed west and north along the Mexican border making it back to Tucson just before dark, 250 miles for the day.
Thursday we took a little bit shorter ride, this time on the scenic Catalina Highway through the Coronado National Forest up Mt. Lemmon. This was a great motorcycle road...I don't think the bike was vertical for more than 2-3 seconds at a time...lots of hills and curves. The views along the route were also spectacular. The road ends in the Town of Summerhaven, AZ a small town located near the top of Mt. Lemmon. The town suffered a devastating forest fire in 2003 which destroyed over 200 of the 700 homes. The Town is continuing to rebuild. Next to Summerhaven is Ski Valley Ski area, southern most ski area in the United States.
Saturday while waiting to get the bike back from being serviced, we went to the Pima Air and Space Museum. The Museum is 80 acres in size, has 300 retired planes which covers 100 years of aviation history. We spent a few hours looking at the different planes and learning some history at the same time.
Yesterday we relaxed poolside before watching the final NASCAR race.
We left Tucson this morning and are currently in Las Cruces, NM for the night. Tomorrow we will continue east to Carlsbad, NM. We will spend the rest of this week in that area.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we will give an update on Carlsbad at the end of the week.