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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Tombstone Arizona, and a wonderful sunny day !

Where are we today ?
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    Woke up this morning! (that's a good thing ) and realized we are in Arizona.  Finally, 6 weeks since we left Ontario and a lot of miles behind us, just over 3,000. We are at a higher elevation (4.633 Ft above sea level) and know we will have chilly weather but mostly sunny, and that works for us, 37F at 5 am but we slept well and toasty warm once we turn the heat on. About 7 am I got a very nice walkabout here get my heart pumping and the blood flowing, around most of the park roads about 1.5 miles to start. ended up with 4.2 miles today.
       A bit more computing, coffee and walking then just after 10 am we hopped in the car to head out to Tombstone. A place I always enjoy (more than Suzie) maybe  because we have been here so many times in the last 12 plus years. Just the cowboys, horses and my mind wanders back to the old western movies we have watched. Even the Movie Tombstone. We had done just about all the tourist things over the years many different gunfights, the OK Coral and others , the silver mine tour, The Birdcage Theatre, the stage coach rides. The Historama and even a few of the restaurants and bars. Big Nose Kates being our favourite.
Narrated stage coach rides are fun
part of my walkabouts this morning
so peaceful and sun coming up
Sunrise over the Whetstone Mountains
         Still lots of these very large Blue Agave cacti here in the park, In Mexico these are used to make Tequila.
the blue agave
       This Blue agave the Mexican call them pineapples once trimmed and ready for the cooking and distilling process.
these are trimmed and do look like pineapples
wonder if they making Tequila here?
a few more cactus around as well
even some pine trees
       Only about a 20 minute drive to Tombstone so no rush and we plan to have an early lunch at BIG Nose Kates , they don't serve food until 11 am So we parked on a side street and a walked the couple of blocks to the Saloon. enjoying the atmosphere, cowboys and ladies dressed in period costume. A few of them promoting their gunfights at various locations, Like I said we have seen and enjoyed most of it over the years.
love the sayings on the tombstones around here
alway fun reading
not sure if these guys are talking
or gonna have a shoot out
this cowboy waiting to do a tour
they getting ready for the shoot out at the OK Coral
   It is nice to be early, off season and not so many people around but the shops and are all open, It does get busier later in the day and a special Christmas  Parade tonight and celebrations.

    This be Big Nose Kates the place that has some real south west atmosphere that makes me think of the old wild west.  Nice and early and not too busy yet the time we like to got.
     Lotsa choices and we got our favourite table in the left rear corner. Interesting menus on the tables but I know what I want a big ass beer and their excellent overstuffed Rueben.
love the menus like a newspaper
     Our friendly waitress Sharon was right there for us and in a flash had us Big ass beers.
our friendly smiling waitress Sharon
one beer here is enough
        She took our orders right away and no time we had our food. nice to get here before they get too busy , by noon when we left the place was getting pretty full.
Suzie checking the menu for something different
our table by the piano left rear corner
Suzie enjoyed a BLT wrap and fries
and my overstuffed rueben was,
sooo,  good
The cowboy here getting ready for picture taking
love  seeing these long horn cattle
         Who said they don' t recycle here in Arizona ?
love the mens restroom
        After lunch we wandered down Allen street to the end and back to the Ok Coral checked out a few over touristy shops and enjoyed  the warm sunshine that was warming the other side of the street.
we parked by the courthouse museum
we toured a few years ago
    Now back home by 1 pm and can enjoy a wonderful sunny cloudless skies with no wind. Cool in the shade about 56F but in the sun it was very warm. I puttered around for a while and replaced another lift shock on a compartment door. It kept falling and hitting me of the head yesterday, so I fixed it good. I had my shorts and sandals on for most of the afternoon actually until 5 pm when it was cooling down rather quickly. 
love these Arizona blue skies 
more quality reading time in the warm sunshine
    Then shortly after 5 pm we got our second Arizona sunset better than last night and I know we will have many more amazing ones in the next few months.
        Shortly after this sunset temperatures dropped drastically as they do in the desert and in no time into the mid 40's F.  That is why we make use off as many daylight hours outside as we can.
        Want to thank y'all for taking the time to read my ramblings and the memories we are making, gladly sharing with you.
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  1. We enjoyed our visit to Tombstone last year and lunch at Big Nose Kate's too. Love the Agave plants at the park.

    1. We always enjoy Tombstone and BNK's is a great place to go for lunch too.
      The Agave are a very interesting plant.

  2. I have been to Tombstone over a 100 times I'm sure and have never eaten at Big Nose Kates Maybe it's time to take another trip that sandwich looked devine, Suzie's wrap looked good to.

    1. We always enjoy BNK's when we go it jus has the atmosphere and the food very good.

  3. We are going to have to make the effort to get down to where you are sometime this winter. Still haven't made it to Tombstone and vicinity.

    1. This is an interesting area we enjoy and Tombstone. Interesting, A tourist trap yes but I always have fun there.

  4. We always enjoyed our stays at Quail Ridge

  5. Great day. Love the sunset shot.

  6. Glad you are safely landed in Arizona. Tombstone is "cute" but once was enough for us. Kinda with Suzie on that one. Pictures are great, though.

    1. Thanks Sue, If it was not for the Rueben at BNK's we probably wouldn't go back either, Love all the old gun slinger stories about Wyatt Erp, Doc Holiday, Billy Clayton, Frank McLury etc...

  7. Love Big Nose Kate's ... and those sandwiches look yummy :-)

    1. We always enjoy BNK's the atmosphere and the food yummy.

  8. My favorite town EVER!!! I never miss the rueben at BNK's or a chance to wander through the Birdcage Theatre.

    1. My favourite town as well, the Rueben is awesome and the Bird Cage theatre very interesting we enjoyed a couple of times.

  9. Tombstone is always fun to walk through and mentally go back in time.
    Lunch at Big Nose Kate's sounds wonderful. We enjoyed ours last winter.

    1. It is a fun place to explore all the different things and the gun fights are always fun, The Bird Cage an experience in itself.

  10. At Big Nose Kate's back when, those gunslingers must not have had much of a debate over what constitutes art and what constitutes pornography!! See "reclining lady" portrait over piano in one of your photos. LOL!


    1. She has been there for years, not sure if it was there back in the day though?

  11. You take great pictures George and it was a nice review as we were just there.

    1. Thanks Loree, it is a wonderful place we both enjoy, Hope you are travelling safe where you might be.


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