Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Barb and Earl

 

Above ground

The Titan 2 Missile

Control Room

From the bottom up

 

Tumacacori Mission

 

Inside the cathedral

 

Out buildings

From the yard

Digging for the past

Look who we found..Father Kino!


After a great dip in the pool and jacuzzi (long over due) we packed up and went to visit Earl and Barb who have moved from their RV in the desert to a nice apartment in Green Valley just south of Tucson. Long time readers will remember them (and their dog Rufus) from Christmas day. They hosted us along with Gary and Jeanne. After a tour of their abode we went to breakfast and had a wonderful time catching up. It seemed like we have know them for years. Then we took off for the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley. This is one of the silos that was on the ready during the cold war to retaliate against Russia if they had launched a nuclear bomb at us. It was fascinating as we walked the grounds with a guide and actually went down into the silo. These of course have been replaced by today's standard of weapons in silos up in the Midwest northern states. We took off on an adventure to see the artist colony of Tubac but it was too crowded with their annual art show and we couldn't even get close to the action. BUT we stumbled across the Tumacacori Mission, a National Historic Landmark. Guess what? It was started by Father Kino! That guy was everywhere in the 1600s. And here we thought we had seen the last of the Padre. The buildings have been restored and it was again interesting to read the Jesuits were "evicted" and the Franciscans moved in. It had been abandoned since about 1820 and Teddy Roosevelt declared it a National Landmark. Oh, of course this part of the US was actually Mexico until the Gladson Purchase. We traveled as far south as Nogales (which I thought was in Texas)then up to Kartchner Caverns to spend a couple of days with Charlie and Shari. Grilled chicken dinner with all the fixins' in our rig last night and today they take us to the caverns. We have a flat inside rear tire. Will need to check that out later. Enjoy the pics.



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