Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sierra Vista, Arizona 2015

We arrived at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista before noon.
After lunch we did three loads of laundry. Then I got a haircut while Doris was next door for a pedicure and a manicure.
At 6:00 PM we went to the lodge for a steak dinner.

Today we went to the Kartchner Caverns near Benson. We took the Big Room Tour. I had seen the other tour some years ago.
We were not allowed to take pictures, bring cameras, telephones, handbags, and backpacks.
I took some pictures in the museum, from pictures.

Bones of a sloth were found in the cave.

The cave is relatively new. It is a live cave. We could see drops hit the formations.

The two men who discovered the cave had to open a small hole to be able to crawl in.

I always said : “When you have seen Carlsbad Caverns you have seen it all”. This cavern is beautiful too. It is not as large as the one in Carlsbad.
From the caverns we drove to Tombstone, the old western town. Our first stop was the Boothill Graveyard.

Some of the grave markers are funny.

Some people died actually a natural death.

We ate our lunch at the city park.

People took rides in stage coaches. This one was parked in front of the O.K. Corral, where the famous shoot out occurred.

There are stores and bars on both sides of the street.

Doris went for wine tasting.

Every town has some strange characters.

There were several stage coaches in town.

In Big Nose Kate’s Saloon were a lot of people dressed in period outfits. The music in the saloon was western.

Two cowboys were hanging around.

This was a perfect day to drive to Bisbee, a former copper mining town, nestled in the mile high Mule Mountains.
All week we had summer weather. Today the temperature was in the low 80ties, a bit lower at the Queen of the Copper Camps.
This truck Camper was in town all day. We passed it several times while walking in town.

At one of the shops I rested my bones, and was surrounded by bones.

This Inn seems to be one of the old buildings in Bisbee.

The Bisbee Royale is a theater and Performing Arts Center.

The streets are narrow and there is one shop next to another. In one shop Doris found one plate for one of her dinner sets and in another shop three plates for another set. The plates were only three dollars.

We went to the Queen Mine where people were getting ready for a mine tour. We watched a movie at the Visitor Center, which is located in the same building.

The town is built on a hill and there are many stairs for getting to a different level in town.

The view from the top was rather nice.

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