This is really just a set of pictures taken from a 15-minute stop off travelling through Saguaro National Park – taken approximately halfway between Tucson and Phoenix. More cactuses than I’ve ever seen!
Otherwise known as the Aeroplane Graveyard. This is right next to Tucson International Airport and an active military base which led to a problem as 4 weeks ago the military instituted a new rule that stated that any foreign national had to show a passport to gain entrance – three of us had bought our passports but as the other two members of our party had not we couldn’t see the boneyard without splitting up. As it turns out we didn’t need passports to see the main body of restored planes, which was what we wanted to do anyway!
Below then are a lot of pictures of planes, taken from the tour bus (75 minutes on an Arizonan morning!)
I swear this plane is a cartoon (or at least inspired a smiley cartoon plane!
When you’re cute but trying to look tough – the bumblebee
The ultimate airfix kit – build-it-yourself plane
The Dreamliner 787 vs Boeing 737
The Guppy (behind the others)
A random radar plane
Air Force One
This plane is called a fairy… one of the ugliest planes ever made apparently!
Day one of the Tucson road trip – we headed 3 hours down the I-10 to Tombstone. This city gained fame/notoriety as the location of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which was acted out for us later that afternoon! Today it is mostly a tourist location and has several exhibitions relating to its earlier history as a bullion boom town (and a very impressive diorama!)
Big Nose Kate’s Saloon
The Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday prepare for the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
The ‘scene of the crime…’
Mining – what Tombstone was originally known for.
Supper had to be steak at CattleTown, Tucson followed by Strawberry Shortcake – both delicious though everyone was confused to find that there was no ‘shortcake’ anywhere near it, but was rather a vanilla sponge cake!