Interesting Sites in and around Tucson, AZ

I am amazed that it’s been so long since I last posted something. We have been so busy that I just didn’t want to take the time.  Now we are taking the afternoon off and enjoying the sunshine in Amarillo, Texas but I am getting ahead of our story so I will go back to Tucson where we last left you!!

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Guy and LaciLou relaxing

Then main reason we headed to Tucson was to attend an Escapees Escapade Rally. This is a group that was started by a husband and wife, Joe and Kay Paterson, that lived full time in their RV and wanted to provide a support network for full or part time rivers. They started this group 35 years ago, and they now have campgrounds, mail service, rv weighing service, rallies, magazines and so much more. There are three generations of family who continue in the effort to serve RVers. We spent the week attending lots of classes, learning things from tire maintenance, blogging, google maps, wood carving!! Every night there were shows either singing or performing magic tricks.

While we were camped at the County Fair grounds we went to the drag car races, as well as  a 4H show, we watched them bringing in the pigs, cows, horses, goats and sheep. I think you know what they  look like so will spare you the photos.

On Saturday after the rally was over we took a bus trip around Tucson checking it out and stopping at the main attractions.  One was a Spanish/Mexican adobe walled fort, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson,  that has been uncovered and restored by archaeologists.

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The blacksmith at work, Guy checking out the products for sale!
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Firing the muskets
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Love the adobe buildings
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Glad we don’t cook like this, heating wax for candles
The Village
Guy helping fix the loom!
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Part of the Village, with cannon they shot off

Later in the afternoon we went to Mission San Xavier, which is made from sand,lime, clay, rock and wood, and brick, it has thirty three inch walls. It was started in 1700, but due to Indian attacks and raids, funds running out, earthquake and Mexican Independence in 1821 the church was not finished for many years. In 2009 the repairs and towers were finally finished.

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Mission San Xavier
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Interior of the Mission

 

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SPA_2673 Some of the amazing cactus on the grounds of the Mission

Right next to the Mission there was a group of Native Indians having a Pow Wow that we went and watched but were asked to please not take pictures.

SPA_2815I took a picture of the brochure they gave us as we went in.

Our next stop of the day was really an awesome place to explore, Old Tucson. This is where lots of the old western movies were taken. Some of the movies you might remember, Gunfight at the OK Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, Hombre with Paul Newman and Rio Lobo with John Wayne.  All the building sets were there, still set up as if they were still filming. The clothes that the actors and actresses wore were there with lots of other memorbilia. We had a great time going thru it all and remembering those who were in the movies.SPA_2713 SPA_2792 SPA_2712 SPA_2781 SPA_2717 SPA_2788SPA_2723SPA_2756

It was a full day of very interesting things to see and do. We count our blessings every day that we are able to live this lifestyle and enjoy this country that we live in.

Until next time, thank you for following along with”The Rovers”.

16 thoughts on “Interesting Sites in and around Tucson, AZ

  1. So much fun – we hope to see those sights next Jan as we head to AZ to visit friends!. You will have to help me learn how to do a blog when you come in April! See you soon – hugs!
    Carolyn and Gary

  2. This is almost as good as being there, feeling what you feel, seeing what you see. Well, I’d still like be doing it in person. I looked on line to see what kind of home you are living in. It’s a WOW!
    Love ya,
    Queen Chardonnay

    1. It is amazing how wonderful our country is, so much to see and do! We right now are traveling faster than we really want but we have some commitments we need to do back in Al. Plus we are having fun visiting with people we haven’t seen. Today we are meeting up with friends that worked at Seagate. The people that we have met on the road have been so awesome!

    1. I will tell him Marsha!! You know you can always call him, now he is a free man with more time to talk!! No more conference calls, yea!!! I wish you could see how relaxed he is!!

    1. It was pretty cool, I was a little disappointed that it was really commercial and very expensive! They were selling lots of jewelry which was very pretty. Didn’t buy any but did get some fried bread!! Yummy, honey, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.

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