Still Desert

Trip Start Mar 13, 2008
Trip End Apr 08, 2008

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Motel 8 or 6

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, March 17, 2008

The view from the car was of ragged mountains that looked like Sophia's new lower teeth.At times we saw bushes of wild yellow flower with puddles of purple flowers sparsely between them. Cactus plants growing spare ling on the faces of the mountains. There was lots of road work on I 10 and this slowed us down a bit.
Once in Benson we wanted to visit the caverns. Unfortunately we needed advance reservations  and the ranger suggested we call the reservation line, nothing was available, but they suggested to arrive at 7 am because there are 100 tickets available daily for same day purchase. We will get up early on Wed. and hopefully we'll get two tickets.

Day 2
If you are a western movie fan, then Tombstone is your place with all the history of the Earp's' brothers and the gunfight at the OK coral. On the way to the famous city, Jack and I could envision the outlaws hiding on the mountains and having a shootout with the Marshall's. Tombstone is a must see and before we left Jack had to visit Boot hill Cemetery where city folks as well as outlaws were buried, including 3 finger Jack Dunlap!
After all this excitement we proceeded to Bisbee where copper was mined in the 1880's with the discovery of  The Copper Queen Lode. Now it's the home to about 100 artists, as well as their galleries and shops. What I found most interesting is the way the houses are built right into the hill and the layout of the city is a must see. We didn't take a tour of the underground mines, done that in Virginia NV, instead we saw the surface cut outs, like stairs, and the damage caused to the area. I must admit  the colors of the quarry were magnificent with all shades of reds, browns and oranges.

Day 3 leaving Benson
Rise and shine by 6 am and we are #9 in line! We are at the park by 6:40....the gates are opened and we are on our way to get the tickets to see Kartchner Caverns. These caverns were discovered in 1974 and they became a state park in 1999. They are one of the world's few living wet caves open for viewing. There is a educational room that shows the types of formations, age, minerals, who found them, etc. In the tour we see30 types of  colorful formations growing out of the limestone. It was worth getting up so early!
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Tanya on

I loved Tombstone! But haven't visited the caves in the area- that is our next adventure.

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