Thursday, February 7, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Days 22 & 23 –Tucson and Tombstone

About all we did on Thursday was run a few errands and go to lunch at Aqui Con El Nene which had been recommended to us.  Pat and I had a Sonoran Hot Dog and Bev and I had a Taco Taqui so I got to eat both of the recommendations from our friend Lea Ann.  It's basically fast Mexican food where you order at the counter and they bring the food to you.

The hot dog is a bacon wrapped wiener topped with mustard, mayo and a variety of other items and the Taco is two tortillas wrapped around a green chile stuffed with meat, cheese, bacon, and mushrooms.  

I enjoyed both items but as is often the case in Mexican restaurants the meat was over cooked for my taste.  They also had a salsa bar with about anything you would want for a topping.  I look forward to trying more Mexican and Southwestern meals.

On Friday, we made the hours drive town to Tombstone for a look at one of Arizona’s most famous towns and while all but two of the original buildings have been destroyed by fires, it has been rebuilt to resemble the original – they even have gravel atop the paved main street.

This is the Earp's and Doc Holliday walking down to the OK Corral for their famous gunfight - Doc is on the left with his cane and Virgil, on the right even walked with the necessary limp.

We began our visit by taking a narrated stagecoach ride around town and learned some interesting town history but the main thing I learned was that I would not want to ride very far in a stagecoach. 

After the ride and getting to see most of the town, it was time for our usual  - the girls went shopping and I headed for Big Nose Kate's Saloon, where I had a great time thanks to some semi-locals (from Sierra Vista) sitting beside me at the bar. 

When Steve, the owner stopped by for a chat, he insisted on taking some shots of us.

Turns out, Steve came to the area from the Bronx, NY with virtually nothing and now owns Big Nose Kate’s, the Long Branch Saloon, and The Harley store.  In case you haven’t seen the Wyatt Earp movies, Big Nosed Kate was Doc Holliday’s girlfriend and there was not a saloon with her name in the old days.  They had a lady playing some playing and singing some very good music that I really enjoyed.
When the girls got there, we had a good lunch but forgot to take food photos - here is a menu link.  The servers dress in period costumes.

I had the Outlaw Burger, Bev had the Dutch Annie’s Mixed Meat Calzone, and Pat had Goldie’s Famous Over Stuffed Reuben.  We all enjoyed our meals especially the Reuben which I would expect from a Bronx native.  

They like to take shots of their customers in period costumes.  

We really enjoyed Tombstone, even though everything is set up to capture the tourists dollars (even the OK Corral has walls around it) we will try to get back again.

Since we were in the area, we decided to drive further south and check out Bisbee then over to Sierra Vista.  Bisbee is an old mining and now tourist town to which the girls want to return and Sierra Vista is just a regular town with an army post – Fort Huachuca.

Since it’s just an hours drive, we will want to go back to Tombstone at least one more time.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them and the blue words are links.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. Glad you enjoyed Tombstone, a touristy place but love the atmosphere,, the music and especially the Rueben. I have lost count of the number of times we have been there. Bisbee is a funky interesting town, (we like the BBC Bisbee, Breakfast Club) lots of history there. And Sierra Vista pretty much a regular town. We loved the Benson area where we have spend quite a bit of time.

  2. I know Tombstone is strictly tourist town but we've had some fun times there. We too liked the Bisbee Breakfast Club.

  3. So fun! Tombstone is definitely on my bucket list. I am so glad you had fun there.

  4. Larry, Love the juxtaposition of the tourists walking down Tombstone's main street just in front of the gun fighters about to do their thing! Glad you liked just wasn't our cup of tea. A quality Reuben in Tombstone though...that would be enough to make me visit again. Love the fact that transplants from the Bronx are big business owners in this tourist town! America, land of opportunity! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. Sorry El Nene was a disappointment. I thought it was about the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. But we went to the North location. The original food truck. I wish I would have known you were going to Sierra Vista. You can access the Ft. Huachuca and drive up into a famous canyon in AZ, Garden Canyon. Scenic, lots of wildlife and I happen to love it up there. Also on the other side of Sierra Vista is a scenic drive up both Ramsey Canyon and Miller Canyon. A nice way to experience SE AZ flora and fauna. You could also drive to Wilcox and drive to Chirachua Monument. Just a thought.

  6. Tombstone - I would have really enjoyed this site and it looks like all of you did. Too bad they did not have karaoke so Larry could have helped the young lady sing.


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