Super 8 Motel Tucson East / DMAF Area
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... and mosied on down to the rather boring petrol station where we could also use the restrooms, once Kate had figured out how to open the door.
From there we drove on to look for a suitable place where we could stop for our picnic.
The Biosphere was the next official stop on the tour, but we decided to give that a miss and go straight on to the hotel in Tucson.
Over the next 10 miles or so, we must have passed at least 7 police cars, out to catch ...
... a slightly cloudy day... a lot of walking up on rocks, between the rocks, through different kinds of cactus - they changed as the elevation increased and finally we are in the middle of the desert at some water pools, with like everywhere else huge rocks or stones... real spectacular!
Biosphere 1 is the earth and this should be a "Mini ...
... and Tombstone. Interesting to note is that these are movie/TV sets, so each time a new shoot came in the landscape changed according to their needs...porches added, stucco over wood, wood over stucco. In 1996 a fire burned down about 40%25 of the lot, but the remaining 70%25 are original to the 30's, 40's, and 50's. One of the reasons that Old Tucson Studios were so popular is ...
... seems to apply. The first I've seen was at Bingham Canyon in Utah when I was but ten years old. The pit we saw today began operations in the late fifties, based on the date of founding of the city of Ray nearby.
We couldn't decide whether to stay at Catalina Lake CG or Gilbert Ray, which is closer to Tucson. Ultimately, we wandered further and got lost, kinda, east of Tucson and ended up at Gilbert Ray. It's in ...
... who had been as far as the creek and pools, but knew nothing about the remainder of the trail. The flora on the way was truly amazing. Lots of colors and variety in the flowers. I caught one bee off guard in a tiny poppy. He seemed to have backed in and was caught. Thus, I got a good close shot of him before he took off.
As we visited and looked at the creek area, another solo, ...