Tucson – Pima Air Museum Redux

Tucson – Pima Air Museum Redux

  For those of you who are readers of this site, you may remember when we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum on our last trip to Tucson a year ago. Yes, you know who you are. Ellen was having some leg issues then and I had to push her around in a loaner wheelchair outside. Because the ground wasn’t conducive to the narrow wheels, I couldn’t see nearly what I wanted of the many aircraft stationed around outside on part of the eighty acres of the facility. We did, however, get to look around at the displays inside the several large hangars there. So I was determined to revisit the museum and stroll the grounds and see some of the many aircraft I missed last time. Ellen’s leg is much better this year so it was a go. Actually, I wanted to...

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Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

  The normally blue skies in Tucson, Arizona, had turned gray by the time we arrived at our first venue of the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, a group of tents arranged in a gravelly vacant lot on Oracle Street near downtown. The sign declared everything to be of Moroccan origin and my first thought was, ‘How did they lug all this stuff here from Morocco?’ We are talking rocks, you know. It was later suggested that their wares stay in this country and travel to various shows in the southwest so it’s not like they have to shlep it back and forth from north Africa all the time. We next visited a hotel, the Hotel Tucson City Center, which was entirely taken over by vendors, both inside, and out around the pool. This was a much more...

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Tucson, Arizona February 2012 Tubac, Arizona Arts Village

Tucson, Arizona February 2012 Tubac, Arizona Arts Village

We heard about this arts village from one of those counter cards for tourists you see in restaurants and hotels. Thinking this would be a great half-day adventure, we all piled into our rental econobox and headed south. Located at Exit 34 of Interstate 19 about an hour south of Tucson, it’s a quaint little village pretty much dedicated to the arts and local history. You may be weary of hearing about ‘quaint’ destinations, but this one is worth the trip IMHO. Cleaner and neater and more inviting than most, the wares for sale are quite a few cuts above the sort of stuff you often find in these locales. Nowhere I looked did I find the usual low quality, mass-produced stuff I’m used to seeing. Having wandered through a warehouse full of...

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Pictures from Tucson, Arizona

Pictures from Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona February 2012 Pima Air & Space Museum

Tucson, Arizona February 2012 Pima Air  & Space Museum

The Pima Air Museum is located adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and ‘The Boneyard.’ Tours through the aircraft storage area on the base are arranged, and originate, at the museum. The personnel here were very friendly as we walked up to the entrance. These volunteers were quick to offer information and advice on seeing both the museum and the base. Picture ID is required upon buying admission but they’re very nice about it. There are wheelchairs available for use inside, so I pushed Ellen around for thirty minutes or so until it was time for our tour to leave for the base. After the tour, we returned to the museum and continued our stroll. The museum is made up of seven buildings. They include Flight Central Hangar, Spirit of Freedom...

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