People watching

In keeping with our “theme” this trip of taking in festivals, we checked out the Helldorado Days celebration in Tombstone, AZ. And believe me, people watching was the order of the day! There were more old west reenactors than I’ve ever seen in one place, even when we’d been to Tombstone before. Every RV park in the town was full to capacity with people from all over the country, many of whom, I’m sure were among those dressed in their finest. In addition to the usual staged gunfights, we watched their idea of 1) the early TV and movie westerns, 2) the Spaghetti westerns and 3) the “modern” western. Pretty funny how it changes the way a man “dies”! In the first, it was one on one, the cattleman and the sheep herder and it took one shot. The man hit the ground. In the second, it took three men shooting multiple bullets and the dying man got his share of screen time by thrashing and jumping.
The last scene was interrupted several times by the cattleman’s cell phone and when he finally got around to shooting, they called in a stunt double, a woman, for the sheep herder! It was really amusing.

There were saloon girls, cowboys, lawmen and gentlemen and ladies of the town. Those I would expect. The belly dancers were quite another story! I didn’t get any pictures of them but I’ll have to refer to my history books to see if they were there!

There was even a noose on hand for unruly tourists!

This last photo op made us think of all our friends back home who weren’t there.

Just a reminder that we miss you!

On the way home LeRoy got some shots of the beautiful scenery and these show how light and shadow can change the picture.

Tomorrow we’re going to find a church that Rob & family attended when he was stationed here, Thunder Mountain. They were meeting in a school multi-purpose room when we visited but now have their own building. We’ll look for it in the morning.

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One Response to People watching

  1. Becky Funke says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. But then I grew up on a steady diet of Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and John Wayne movies!

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