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Tombstone Arizona and Snow in the Desert

February 27, 2011


The other day I drove about a half hour or so from Kartchner Caverns State Park over to Tombstone to see what I could see.  What I found was a bit of a tired little town trying its best to trade on the fame of Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the OK Corral.  I did enjoy walking around and reading the informative placards placed throughout the town noting original buildings like The Bird Cage Saloon and Opera House and The Oriental Saloon.  The museum in the Courthouse is wonderful and, among other things, displays a business license for Miss Kitty whose business type was listed as “Ill Fame”, an invitation to a hanging, and the original newspaper page with the article describing the shootout at the OK Corral which had taken place the day before.  Shootout reenactments are offered three times daily for which I was prepared to pay money, however, the morning I was there, the early show was cancelled, so I missed out.  No sasparilla for me either since the sasparilla store was closed.  Oh well, I’m glad I went.  It was fun to see, plus I found a few geocaches along the way.

Here are a few shots I took while in Tombstone.  This first one is of the Oriental Saloon in which Wyatt Earp had an interest.  This is the original building, well, almost original.  The first one burned down 1 year after it was built.  This is the original “second” one.

And here we have the famous Bird Cage Saloon and Opera House, also an original building.

Next is the shnazzy courthouse built in 1882.

And the OK Corral as seen from the street.  You can’t get in unless you pay money for the gunfight.  blah blah blah

And my personal favorite.  The crazy lady walking her 8 week old Nubian goats on a leash talking to herself all the while.

That’s it for Tombstone.  On to…

Snow in the Desert

The weather forecast rang true as the snow fell on the Chihuahuan Desert this morning.  Misty, Mosely, and I woke around 6:30 and found about an inch or so of snow on the ground with more falling.  As you can imagine, snow in the desert is quite rare.  Here are some shots I took in the early morning hours.

Tomorrow it’s off to Usery Mountain Regional Park in the Phoenix area which will be my last stop before I head to my new home of Clarkdale.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Margie permalink
    February 28, 2011 10:45 pm

    The pictures are beautiful, did the snow make you homesick for Alaska?

  2. Li1gray permalink
    March 1, 2011 11:06 pm

    Wow these snow in the desert pictures sure bring back memories of a Motorcycle camping trip. Took us hours to get out of the camping area pushing and trying to balance 1000cc motorcycles out of the back coutry to a paved road. It is a beautiful site to see catus with snow on them. It will make everything green up so quick after it melts it is so amazing. Glad to see you are picking up a few caches along the way. I’ll just bet there was a benchmark on the courthouse too so I went and looked it up and sure enough you even have the picture to prove it CG0957 is the BM, the spire of the building. That is one NorthWes doesn’t have I am sure! Well have fun and enjoy Phoenix… I have to remember you are driving Dora on not Li1’Pea” …

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