MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: MARCH 18–24, 2019!
A long weekend in Tucson, Arizona visiting Saguaro National Park, the Sonoran Desert Museum, the mine in Bisbee, Tombstone, searching for javelinas, and eating a lot of Mexican food.
My poor butchered tomato plant. But I made some mistakes keeping the cover on the plants, it rained a lot and I think the soil was getting moldy. Some of the leaves were unhappy so I pulled them off. And then I took off all the unhappy branches and before I knew it…it was a lil’ stick.
I was told this style of house is called a ‘casita’ (which my three year Spanish lessons tells me that it’s basically ‘little house’). There are so many cute houses in Arizona with this square shape, sometimes they have colorful accents…I wish I got more photos.
Only managed one photo of this very delicious margarita at Cafe Poca Cosa. I had two types of mole! All delicious.
Visiting the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, a museum of antique and contemporary miniatures, toys, collectables, houses, etc.
“The Mini Time Machine was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell. Pat’s fondness for miniatures began in the 1930’s, when as a young girl she received her first miniatures- a set of Strombecker wooden dollhouse furniture.”
A miniature of the Gamble House, a house in Pasadena!
Stopped at Tucson Mineral and Gem World, a roadside rock shop and cabinet of curiosities open since 1968.
We’ve made it to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (big thank you to Dusty for recommending this place, what a cool place to work!)
The Desert Museum is a combination zoo, garden, art gallery, natural history museum and aquarium. You can wander outdoors through the gardens, animal enclosures, and in and out of displays about mining, geology, the history of the environment, etc.
Wulfenite in the underground mineral and geology exhibition. I learned wulfenite is Arizona’s state mineral. Apparently California’s state mineral is gold, not sure why I didn’t know that?
“What do the petroglyphs mean? We usually do not try and interpret the images or assign specific meanings. Some meanings were not meant to be known or understood except by the people who made it. Some meanings were not meant to be known by the uninitiated…”
When we arrived to the wine tasting event, we quickly realized we’d need to hurry along to visit different stations and my most important thing to visit was the stingray touch zone. We put our hands in the water, and the stingrays came up to your hand for a pet. SoOoooOo cute.
Good morning, it’s Sunday! We drove out to Bisbee, a town originally founded as a mining town in 1880. The population of the town declined until the 1960s when artists moved into town bringing with them interest in renovating mining town era buildings. But now there are also restaurants, coffee shops, a theater, and of course museums dedicated to mining-era Bisbee.
From wikipedia, why not. A little bit of context for what went down for how this mining town avoided ghost town life and became a happening place: “Artist Stephen Hutchison and his wife Marcia purchased the Copper Queen Hotel, the town’s anchor business and architectural gem, from the Phelps-Dodge mining company in 1970. The company had tried to find a local buyer, offering the deed to any local resident for the sum of $1, but there were no takers. The property needed renovation for continued use.
Hutchison purchased and renovated the hotel, as well as other buildings in the downtown area. One held the early 20th-century Brewery and Stock Exchange. Hutchison began to market Bisbee as a destination of the “authentic,” old Southwest. His work attracted the developer Ed Smart.
Among the many guests at the hotel have been celebrities from nearby California. Actor John Wayne was a frequent visitor to Bisbee and the Copper Queen. He befriended Hutchison and eventually partnered with Smart in his real estate ventures. This period of Bisbee’s history is well documented in contemporary articles in The New Yorker and in an article by Cynthia Buchanan in The Cornell Review. It was at this time that Bisbee became a haven for artists and hippies fleeing the larger cities of Arizona and California. Later it attracted people priced out by gentrification of places such as Aspen, Colorado.”
Bought our tickets, got on our gear, and headed out with our guide to enter the mine on the mine train. This is the Queen Mine btw.
The guide was a miner who actually worked here years ago. He thoroughly explained the different types of jobs, the evolution of mining equipment, and shared stories of what it was like to work underground.
Learned about the 1917 Bisbee miners deportation to New Mexico, where when the miners organized to ask for better working conditions and wages, the Phelps Dodge Corporation hired private police to move 1,000 miners at gun point. Bummer.
We’re here in Tombstone, Arizona. Now a touristy town, but was once an important frontier boomtown. The local mines produced the most silver in Arizona in the mid-1880s.
We made our way to the OK Corral, a stable at the end of the main road. It’s famous for the gunfight between the Earp brothers and some cowboys? If you’re into westerns, you may have heard of this…I, an ignorant person, know little of the ‘new frontier-era’ “wild wild west.”
We watched a very campy “reenactment” of what went down at the OK Corral gunfight. Still unclear to me at this point what the real story was. A kid was shouting about bad guys and good guys and it stressed me out thinking about distilling the history of a questionable era in the US into “good” and “bad” guys when all these ‘pioneers’ were ‘exploring’ and claiming land in the so-called American frontier. I need to learn more about this time period when settlers moved westward across what is now the US and took land, and killed indigenous people in their path west. Just…on the brain.
A drawing of what the Bird Cage Theater used to look like with the catwalk built over the top. Along the sides of the theater were the cages (you could see the staircase up to that level in the entry) for private encounters with the ladies, and a better view of the stage.
I had a great time in Tucson, had too many photos to go through!
Much love friends.