Studio 6 Tucson
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... liked the baby Bighorn sheep and the many squirrels stalking the area
Our hotel in Tucson wasn't too bad, just in an awkward spot. I had my heart set on going to the Pinnacle peaks steakhouse at the Traildust town tourist precinct. Only catch is it would be a 16 mile drive across the city to get there.
This drive wasn't so bad, being a Sunday probably helped. We wandered the touristy stuff while we waited for our table to open up ...
... of good old-fashioned fun! It is the old movie/tv set that hundreds of westerns were filmed at, including several John Wayne movies, High Chaparral, The Three Amigos, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, to name just a few. The impressive saguaro-covered Gold Mountain that stands behind the studio is featured in countless films, and is easily recognizable now that we know about it! We saw a hilarious shoot 'em ...
... and regular services were held at the Mission once again. Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet opened a school at the Mission in 1872. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity now teach at the school and reside in the convent.
The Franciscans returned to the Mission in 1913.
1692 Father Kino visits the village of Wa:k
1700 Father Kino begins foundations on a church never built
... There was so much to know but emphasized using common sense. For example if you are unsure or if you have gotten into a spot you hadn't anticipated like a trestle you can't fit under: STOP! Don't let the honking horns behind you make you decide to go real fast down the middle! Call 911. After the police stop laughing they get you out of a situation! But other stuff like tire pressure.....have the rig weighed at a truck stop to know what the ...
... documentary by the way!) it was a couple of transition days as they call it in the Tour de France covering ground south to Moab. Route took us through Grand Teton NP and Flaming Gorge and the National Elk refuge ! Also passed the historic Oregon Trail - you can still see the wagon train tracks (allegedly) as hundreds of wagons a day headed west. Nothing really worth mentioning except for GS buffs that we got over 500 miles out of a tank - we have also now covered over ...