Bridge the Travel Gap

Entering the desert – New Mexico and Arizona

‘The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.’ – Alfred North Whitehead

City of Rocks

City of Rocks, New Mexico

We started this week in a state I’ve little knowledge of – New Mexico. We were only here one night, but we took advantage of a little local knowledge and went off exploring to a place called City of Rocks – a beautiful park/campground with gorgeous rock formations in the middle of the desert. We, also, discovered some lovely outdoor Hot Springs at Faywood – where clothing is optional, so you can watch the sunset over the desert and stare up at all the midnight stars.

Faywood Hot Springs

Faywood Hot Springs – Sunset

City of Rocks

City of Rocks, New Mexico

Faywood Hot Springs

Faywood Hot Springs

The rest of our week has been exploring some interesting and fun places in Arizona. Our first stop was near St. David where, once again, had some local suggestions which came up trumps and we discovered an old Western Movie Set called Gammons Gulch

Gammons Gulch

Gammons Gulch – movie set

run by a very fun loving and interesting person.
That same day we saw Tombstone


Tombstone, Arizona

where the infamous OK Corral

Ok Corral

OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona

is – the place where Wyatt Earp and brothers with Doc. Holiday killed the McLaury/Cantons.


Boothill – graves from Tombstone

Then to move slowly west, we headed out towards Tucson where we had a few days to explore. Our first day, was at the old MGM film studios of Old Tucson

Old Tucson

Old Tucson, Arizona

– a kinda movie theme park, but a lot more fun than my description. All of us had a great time watching the live shows, riding the rides (I even got to go horseback riding in the desert!) and soaking up the atmosphere of where so many famous Westerns were filmed.

Shooting Gun

Shooting my first hand gun at Old Tucson, Arizona

Then we had another day to do a hike through Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon, Phoenix, Arizona

and really enjoyed the desert’s beauty close at hand. I love the saguaro cacti and I was able to get up close and personal with this beautiful and majestic plant.

What is your favourite plant and have you seen it in person?

Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus, Sabino Canyon



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    Hi Debbie,  I  had sad news from Tucson AZ.  My cousin Roger Kangas of Winnipeg, passed away of a massive heart attack on the 24th of Jan in the afternoon.  He was younger than me . (70)    His children are flying to Tucson tomorrow the 27th.     You are having an adventure and a half.  Keep up the good work.  Hello to your parents.  Your Mom has a birthday coming up soon Feb 19   Good night,  Carol Penno

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