Sunday, January 6, 2013

Old Tucson

We were overdue for a road trip, and today was the day.

We all jumped into Bob and Janet's truck and headed off to Old Tucson. 

Old Tucson is the home of a movie set, where the Old West comes alive.

We had a great tour guide, dressed in costume, who told us the history of this amazing place.

This land was acquired in 1939, where production began, and the first movie was produced in 1940.

Since those humble beginnings, over 300 movies and TV shows were filmed on these famous streets.

John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, and Kurt Russell are just a few of the famous legends who worked their craft here.

Teresa really enjoyed the costumes and sets for her favorite childhood show "Little House on the Prairie".

After strolling through the streets, we decided to take in an entertainment show at the Grand Palace Saloon.

Oh, oh, the entertainers were looking for "volunteers" from the crowd.  Sheesh, I hate when they do that, and I was very relieved when they walked past me for the first part of the show.

However, I was not quite so lucky for the second show, when the lovely hostess came marching up to me, and we danced while she was singing.  I was a little out of my comfort zone ... lol.

We had a delicious BBQ lunch on the premises, then made the short trip to the Saguaro National Park.

These saguaros are amazing.  Did you know that at one year old, they are only 1/4 inch high ?   At 15 years old, they are not even a foot tall.  

They usually produce their first arm at 75 years old, and by the time they are 150 years old, they average 50 feet tall, and weigh a whopping 16,000 pounds !!

Who says learning can't be fun ??

It was soon time to head back home, and once back at our rig, Teresa and I toasted our wonderful day with such wonderful friends. 


  1. That is such a great place to visit, I too got snagged by one of the dancers.

    Just love the saguaros it is really amazing to see how they swell after a heavy rain, storing water for a long time.

  2. I haven't been there since the place burned to the ground in the 80's.
    glad you enjoyed the day and Saguaro National Park is my favorite place to take pictures.

  3. Nice to see! We've been in the area a few times but have never stopped in!

  4. Looks like a great road trip. Never been there....yet!


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