Tubac trip

While we were in Mountain View RV park at Huachuca City we met a couple from Beatrice, NE, Ron and Carol Young. Having grown up in northern Kansas, I felt a kinship to them right away. It’s not often we find someone who knows the small towns of the great plains states the way Ron did. The week we moved on to Tucson, they celebrated their wedding anniversary here and we ate lunch together. They followed us back to Desert Trails and while they were here, made arrangements to move here themselves! Since they’ve been in the southeast Arizona area the last four winters, they’re showing us around. Last evening we ate with them at the Silver Spur Steakhouse (which was very good, by the way). This afternoon we took a road trip to Tubac and beyond.

Tubac is an arty little community south of Tucson. I’d say how many miles it is but since the signage on I-19 from Tucson to Nogales is in metric measure, I’m not really sure. Funny thing about that is that the speed limit is still listed in miles per hour! But I digress. Tubac is made up of individual shops filled with yard art, home decor items, furniture and just about anything an artisan could put together. One in particular had metal pieces made to imitate the native plants of this area.This was one of the simplest, a representation of an ocotillo plant done in something like rebar! We don’t have room in Liberty for much but I’d love to go back when we have more time than we did today and just browse each of the stores. I didn’t see half of them!

The next stop was at Tumacacori, at a mission to the Pimas. The remains of the church, even in the current condition, are certainly worth the trip.

The round structure in the old cemetery was the mortuary chapel. While there are a number of crosses set up within the walls, the guide said that no original grave markings exist.

On the way home, we stopped at the San Xavier mission but it had already closed for the day. As impressive as the outside is, I’m sure it warrants a trip back while we’re here. It is an active Catholic church today.

After a good soak in the hot tub, we’ll be ready for another day tomorrow. The only thing on the schedule is a massage. Hey, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!

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