365 Days on the Road

April 27, 2014 we headed out on our grand adventure to see the country. We sold the majority of our belongings: minus the books, photo albums, and home videos, those went to storage, and moved our family of six into our 35 ft Zinger.

 

Getting Rid of our Belongings

 

Since that time we have lived in four different states and added to our Band of Travelers a new member, Lucy Valentina, born February 14 in New Mexico.

Lucy Valentina

 

In Texas we saw our first rodeo and climbed Enchanted Rock.Llano, TX Rodeo

Enchanted Rock TX

From there we moved on to Cloudcroft, New Mexico where we lived at an elevation of over 9000 ft with a glorious daytime temperature of 70 degrees. I saw my first herd of elk and the wild horses of the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

And the children had the time of their lives sledding in summer at the White Sands National Monument.

White Sands National Monument

Not finished with the Land of Enchantment we moved north to the Four Corners area where we visited 700 + year old cliff dwellings and took a six hour train ride from Durango, CO to the old mining town of Silverton.

spruce tree dwelling

Durango Silverton Train

We stayed in New Mexico longer than intended as we waited for the birth of our precious sixth child Lucy.

As winter drug on we decided it was time to move to a warmer climate and ended up in Huachuca City, AZ. Here we learned about people like Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp. We visited Tombstone.

Oliver and Doc Holiday

Oliver and Doc Holiday

Bisbee.

Bisbee, AZ

Old Tucson.

Medicine man show

The Chiricahua National Monument.

Chiricahua National Monument

And the Saguaro National Park.

Saguaro Cacti

These are but a few of the places we have been and the sights we have seen. As a family we have learned more about our country’s Western history than either Jim or I ever learned in school and we have walked streets where some of that history was made.

As we start our second year we look forward to continuing our education as we trek across the country.

 

Old Tucson Studios

When I first looked into visiting Old Tucson I assumed it was a historic site containing the original buildings of present-day Tucson, but I was wrong. It’s actually a movie studio  originally built in 1939 by Columbia Pictures for the movie Arizona. Since that time, over 300 movies and commercials have been filmed there.

Old Tucson

Not being a fan of Westerns I have only seen one movie filmed in Old Tucson, The Three Amigos. This adobe facade is from that movie.

 

Old Tucson Hotel

We visited on Easter Sunday and attended a church service here in the Grand Palace Hotel and Saloon.

The Reno

The Reno was built in 1872 and was purchased by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer in 1945. Old Tucson Studios purchased it in 1970 and since then The Reno has appeared in more than 100 films.

Medicine man show

There are several live shows in Old Tucson, but this was the only one I was able to watch (Lucy and I were having a little trouble with the heat that day).  A medicine man comedy. It was very funny. The guy on the left is in a documentary series called Legends and Lies.

The Loop Rawlins’ One Man Wild West Show is an amazing display of cowboy skills, or at least that’s what my family told me. (I think I was in the hot van nursing Lucy at that time, she’s worth it though)

Old Tucson

I just added this one because it’s pretty.