We are staying here at the KOA next door to the Lazy Days RV Dealership. We catch up to Nate at his company’s offices and then follow him to downtown for a great pub style supper. Downtown Tucson looks like a fun and happening place with lots of shops, pubs, galleries, etc.
Over the next few days we are going find out just how diverse Tucson really is.
We travel out to the Pima Air and Space Museum, home to over 300 historical aircraft including several representations of Air Force One over the years along with every military aircraft from WWI to present day. The indoor displays are very detailed and the volunteers on site are eager to share their stories. It is a unique look into the fear, bravery and heroism of military airmen from the biplane era to today’s jet fighters.
It’s hungry time so we take Nate out to HotRods Old Vail. This is a racing and classic car themed restaurant where diners overlook the restoration shop where old relics become new Hot Rods. It’s very casual and it’s VERY cool!
Now it’s time to take a day trip out to Tombstone, home of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, The OK Corral and Boot Hill. This is a well maintained cowboy town with a lot of tourist appeal. We had lunch in the saloon then watched the Gunfight at the OK Corral. They were doing gunfight re-enactments on Main Street but recently cancelled them after someone accidentally got shot for real! OOPS, wrong bullets in the gun!
We’re here in the hot Arizona sun but it’s about to get cold. It’s time to experience life during the “Cold War”. We were just kids at that time in history but it all becomes very real as we descend into an actual Titan Nuclear Missile Underground Launch Silo! It is fascinating to learn about these missiles and the life of their operating crews. Locked in the underground bunker awaiting orders to annihilate a civilization thousands of miles away, and hoping those orders never come. Our guide ran through the whole security protocol and launch procedure and at the end Ellen got to unlock the safe, authenticate her orders, turn the key and LAUNCH the missile!
Now it’s time to turn ourselves eastward and head toward Texas.