I would have to do some thinking and searching to tell you how many times we've been to Arizona. All but two of those trips were by car. The last time we flew down was work related on behalf of the company we worked for.
The first time we flew down was in October, 1997. Our dear friends, Gene and Kristina, had purchased a condo in Tucson where they escaped Iowa's winter months. They weren't going down until November so they generously offered us a week at their condo during October.
This photo was taken at an overlook of Bisbee, AZ during one of the day trips we made from our condo base. It was founded as a mining town in the 1880's located southeast of Tucson near the border with Mexico.
Visiting the Lavender Pit, a huge open pit copper mine outside Bisbee resulted in one of Bud's favorite quips. As we pulled into the parking lot overlooking the 900 foot deep pit, a woman was just exiting her car. Our arrival startled her and she sort of jumped back. Her husband, who was already out of the car and near the fence said, "Oh, go ahead and run over her then I won't have to feed her tonight." Bud still uses that line once in awhile.
The Grand Palace Hotel and Saloon was one of the main street buildings we went into and stayed for.....
I started with a photo taken near Bisbee and I'll end with another one taken that same day.
And we, well, I, did a lot of shopping. It was a lovely warm day as you can tell from Bud's short sleeves. We were enjoying the 75° temperature. We went into one shop where the proprietor was wearing a sweater and had a fire going. She said she "just couldn't stand the cold weather"!
If this winter is too long or too cold it is very likely we will be making another trip to Arizona. If we do, I want to go back to Tombstone. I don't think I'll have any trouble getting Bud talked into it.