One of the things we like to do when my family comes to see us (or any visitors, hint hint) is use the visit as an excuse to be tourists where we live. Since they were here for the long weekend, we decided it would be a great time to finally visit historic Tombstone, which is near Ft. Huachuca.
We figured the tourist crowds would be there over Saturday-Sunday-Monday, because of the holiday weekend, and Tombstone was having special events those days. Since SoldierMan had a 4-day, we decided to go on Friday. Our plan worked, the place was definitely not crowded.
It’s a cute place, with random historical reenacters meandering around the streets and little shops selling t-shirts, homemade fudge, leather goods, and magnets. (Where did I put my souvenir magnet?) There were paid attractions, of course. Several gunfight reenactments. We only went to the OK Corral one, which was good. Baby G even enjoyed it.
After a few hours of walking around outside we were ready to call it a day. I wish we had done maybe one more show, there was a “comedy stunt show” that looked interesting. Also several museums that sounded good. Plus, I think we would have enjoyed going on the actual weekend during the special event days. It was still neat and I’m glad we went. But if you go, I’d recommend going on days where there is more going on. Even if there might be tourists.
Oh! Oh! This was really exciting. On our way back home, we passed by The Thing, on I-10. If you haven’t heard of The Thing, there’s this gas station in the middle of nowhere, between Benson, AZ and the rest of the United States. In the gas station, there’s a Dairy Queen. Behind the Dairy Queen, is The Thing. There are signs advertising The Thing for ten miles in both directions of I-10. I’ve driven past those signs probably a half-dozen times in the last 4 years. I’ve always wanted to stop and see The Thing, but never had a good chance to do it.
This time, we stopped! It costs $1 per person (Baby G was free) and you go into a building behind the gas station to see The Thing. Without a doubt, it was my favorite $1 spent that day. I can’t really describe The Thing, but suffice it to say, it made my whole day to get to finally see it! I now feel like I can leave the Southwest fulfilled.
(No one else in the group was quite as thrilled as I was. For perspective.)