Monday, December 21, 2009

From Tucson to Tombstone

Seeing the western town of Tombstone was on the agenda for today. But we were in no hurry. We had a leisurely breakfast of ham and pancakes and took our time getting underway.Kelly and Adam were finishing up on the computer while Pam packed the drinks for the drive.

We took the scenic trip with a short detour to Sierra Vista, which was about 20 miles away from Tombstone. It was a spectacularly scenic route and quite different from the Tucson area. I wish I'd taken a couple of pictures!

We found a nice Mexican (La Casita) restaurant for lunch. We all had chimichangas and beans and rice. It was a nice restaurant which was busy so I think we picked a good one.

On to Tombstone! We could have picked a better time to see the old town. There was not a whole lot going on mid afternoon on Sunday. But it was still interesting.The last Gunfight at the OK Corral was at 2:00 PM. We were 10 minutes late so we will have to do that next time. There were other things in town to see.

We went down to the Wild West Show at Helldorama. It was a small 'rodeo' and show that was run by Texas Jane and Pigeon Pete. It was a fun little $5 excursion we hadn't planned on.
The crowds were sparse but the enthusiasm was high to see Chester, the Wonder Dog do the barrel races.

The show lasted about 3o minutes and we had a good time of it.
They brought out Chester, the Wonder Dog who had a stuffed pet (Kermit) on top for the ride around the barrels. It was cute. Their horses, Bandito and Desperado did some tricks (knelt down and laid on their sides). They noted that all their animals were rescued from abuse and brought back to health. That was impressive.

After the show, we went up the hill to the petting zoo which is also part of the show ticket. The goats and calves, sheep, pigs, ostrich and burros were trained to eat the corn and treats we bought for them.

Next, we walked around town and saw the stagecoach and a number of shops.
This reminded me of Deadwood City in South Dakota. Both were set in the 1880's. But it seemed like Tombstone had less big business in town.

We drove back to Tucson, finished packing up and got set to leave on Monday for our trip to San Diego.

Have a great week! Hope you are planning to have a great week and a Merry Christmas! Thanks for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles.


  1. Hi Randy & Pam... What a great day that looked like... The best part is enjoying time with your family. Have a wonderful Christmas and most of all Have FUN!

    Travel Safe

  2. I love the WEST,,especially the OLD WILD WEST!!:-) Have fun!

  3. I thought Tombstone was a great little town. Enjoy the kids.