December 11 – December 17, 2020.
Way back in December our friends from Roaming About, Mark, Liesbet, and Maya the dog invited us to go on a little tour of Southern Arizona with them. We thought, why not? We love spending time with our friends and I am really starting to love it when someone else makes the plan.
The trip was rapid-fire. We visited 7 different places in 9 days. Greg wrote about our first stop, The Titan Missile Museum, in the previous post. And here is a bit about 5 of our other stops.
We spent a week in Madera Canyon in the Coronado National Forest last spring. This time was just two days – one holed up in our vans while it poured rain on us and another hiking and enjoying a few birds.
As much time as we have spent in Southern Arizona, we have never visited Tubac. It was a bit of a treat. At first glance, it seems like just a place to shop – mostly for decorative Mexican imports. But it is also full of art and whimsy and visually quite fun. There is also an Arizona State Historic Park, Tubac Presidio, focused on Spanish colonial America that we didn’t visit.
Tumacácori National Historic Park
We first visited Tumacácori National Historic Park in February of 2017 during our first van trip through the Southwest. We wrote a blog post about it here.
Tumacácori is an 1800s mission built by Spanish Franciscans who ministered to Native Americans.
Bisbee was another repeat for us. But Bisbee is the kind of town I wouldn’t mind visiting often. It is full of the kind of vibe and character that I love about our last “real” home, Cabbagetown in Atlanta. The houses are old and each has its own special charm. The city is full of impromptu art. Bisbee has its roots in a working-class industry and although it has become a tourist town much of the authenticity of those working-class roots remain mixed with newcomers who have brought culture and creativity.
On the same 2017 trip across Southern Arizona, we also visited Tombstone. A town of legends and movies, Tombstone is best known for the wild west shoot out at the OK Corral between lawmen, the Earps, and Ike Clanton and his gang. Tombstone is a tourist trap. Everything costs money. On our 2017 visit, we budgeted and had to pick and choose what we wanted to see. This time no one wanted to spend money so instead, we made some margaritas and wandered around taking pictures and enjoying what we could for free.
* All pics are click to enlarge.
** This is part 2 of our posts about our trip through Southern Arizona with our friends from Roaming About. Look for our final post soon about Whitewater Draw. It’s a birding post!