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Pima Air and Space Museum

The Pima Air and Space Museum located in Phoenix Arizona

Pima Air and Space Museum - Tucson Arizona

The Bumble Bee

is ginormous.With over 300 planes on over 120 acres, come early and get the two day pass if you can! There is just so much to see and experience. There are huge hangers filled with planes and history and displays that overflow until your brain explodes. There is one very large hanger devoted to aerospace and all the trappings. Unbelievable. I don’t think anyone can see it in the day so if you don’t have time for the two day pass put it in you plans to come back again as it is an overwhelming quantity of planes. On your first trip Continue reading

Titan Missile Museum

At the Titan Missile Museum

Titan Missile Warhead

The Titan Missile Museum is in the desert just outside of Sahurita, Arizona. Beneath the cactus lies the only remaining Titan Missile silo in the US with a missile in the upright position. During the Cold War, this was a part of the nuclear deterrent system, as it was called. The site contains a Titan Missile in the upright position and the full control system used to govern the process of nuclear missile launch. Before you get to the tour Continue reading

Stupid Vacations - Across the Beautiful Southwest

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac = Tucson AZ

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac, nicknamed the White Dove of the Desert, is a sight to behold. We always wonder as we drive to it what a traveler must have thought in times past when they came upon this structure in the middle of almost nowhere. A thought provoking idea for sure. Mission San Xavier del Bac is a National Historic Landmark. The Mission was founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. The construction of the church we see today began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. This makes this the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. That is a big wow for sure.
The exterior is quite impressive. It is visible from the freeway as it is truly the White Dove of the Desert. As you approach the church in the parking lot there are many vendors selling fried bread and other works of the locals. Enjoy, this is so much fun for the adventurous.

Mission San Xavier del Bac - Tucson, AZ

So Many Cactus Varieties

When approaching the church the grounds have so many types of cactus. Healthy cactus in so many shapes, sizes, types of needles, colors, and flowers too! Take some time enjoying the cactus as I find many photographic opportunities here as well.
The church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. The docent led tours will give you history, stories, and depth to you knowledge of this facility. It is filled and overflowing with drama, melodrama, mystery, history, thievery, recovery, bandits, heroes and more.
This is a place where visitors can Continue reading

Yume Japanese Gardens – Tucson, AZ

Yume Japanese Garden - Tucson

Lovely Coy Pond – Yume Gardens

Yume Japanese Gardens

Style and Simplicity - Yume Japanese Gardens

Style and Simplicity – Yume Japanese Gardens

Finding new places is a real passion. Then to see what is there and what has been done or what was, well that is the joy of exploration. So after spotting Yume Japanese Garden in Tucson, I said lets go! After all we are in town and had a morning available to see things in Tucson before roaring off our my next destination that was in New Mexico. Now to find the place was a bit difficult. We were looking for the Japanese Gardens, but found the Tucson Botanical Gardens. We drove up and down the street finally going to the  Tucson Botanical gardens that, unknown to us was two doors north or was it south. Anyway when we asked at the Tucson Botanical Gardens about the Yume Japanese Gardens we got the deer in the headlights look. They did not know about it. Continue reading