Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Snow in Abilene, Texas

Well the weatherman promised snow and snow we had.  We woke up to a world of white.  Our porte-bote was hidden by snow.  We got at least 4-5 inches.  We had decided to put the slides in so the snow would not collect on the awnings over the slides.  Were sure glad we did so as those around us who did not woke up to find their awnings sagging under the weight of snow.  Temps at night have been in the upper 20s and low 30s.  However, we are enjoying visiting with Laura, Floyd and Stephanie.  Got our blood work done and are looking forward to some better weather for the next 2 weeks. 


Gary measuring the snow on the jeep.  5'’


This cardinal was enjoying the snow this morning.


This icicle was formed on the generator exhaust.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pima Air Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Gary and I really enjoy going to air museums.  Pima Air Museum is the second largest, second only to the Smithsonian.  We have been to this museum a total of three times.  Each time we go, we always see something new.  This time we took the guided tram tour.  We really had a great guide.  He was an ex-air force pilot who flew in Viet Nam.  They are in the process of building another hanger, so that means that we will have to return in the future.  I have divided my photos into two groups, Pima Air museum hangers, and Pima Air Museum outside tour.


Blackbird.  Huge plane.



Bumble Bee, smallest plane.  Could fly only 20 miles.  Cockpit was bolted down once pilot was seated.



Largest plane on display.



pilots flying over the museum

Friday, February 05, 2010

Fort Huachuca, Arizona

I have always wanted to visit the museum at Fort Huachuca.  I was not disappointed in our visit.  We had to go through security at the base.  We had to show our driver’s license, proof of car insurance, and car registration.  The museum has exhibits and information about the Buffalo soldiers who served at the fort.

In the early years, the soldiers at the fort fought the Apaches.  It served as the supply base for the Geronimo Campaign.  The fort is still active and now serves as the US Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command.


Eyes of the troops


Buffalo soldier



They had a great section of model wagons that showed the different types of wagons used by the troops.


Good Enough Mine Tour, Tombstone, Az

There is now a tour of Good Enough Mine, a silver mine in Tombstone.  Cost of tour is $12 per senior, $15 per adult.  (a little too much I think)  Anyway, we walked down the mine with our tour guide, who was really quite good.  He demonstrated how they used a hammer and metal bar to make the holes for the dynamite.  Lots of work.  We were able to see how the miners followed the veins through the mine.  Tour lasted for about an hour.


Unrefined silver


Original timbers holding up the walls.


Tombstone Courthouse

Gary and I have visited Tombstone 3 times.  This was the first time we went to the courthouse.  Good thing, as the state of Arizona is closing some of their state parks and the courthouse is scheduled to be closed this march.  Cost was $4 per person.


Wyatt Earp’s gun





Boothill, Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Graveyard was laid out as a burial plot in 1878.  Buried here are outlaws with their victims, victims of hangings, those killed by Indians, suicides, a couple of children, and other citizens from Tombstone’s first days.

Visiting the graveyard is free, however, for a $2 donation you will get a descriptive list of the more than 250 graves found there.




This guy bought a stolen horse and was hanged because the folks thought he stole it.


Graves of those killed at O.K. Corral




Helldorado comedy show, Tombstone, Arizona

The weather was great so Gary and I drove into Tombstone.  We really enjoy going to the Helldorado show at the south end of town.  This year’s show was the best we have seen.


The lady comedian was fantastic, a laugh a minute.


Here she is wearing her “hooter” hat.


This is what she looked like after she escaped from the outhouse by going through the hole in the house.  She said swimming was easy except for the lumps she encountered.