On Day 2 of our visit to Tucson, we went downtown to see the Hotel Congress, the last place John Dillinger slept before being caught by police, then a photography exhibit of John Gutmann. Dar and I split up so I could travel south 30 miles to go underground into the Titan Missile Museum while she saw an Ansel Adams exhibit. Then some history – the El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson and finally wine and an appetizer at the Hacienda Del Sol.
The Biosphere 2 was on my list of places to visit for a long time, so our first day in Tucson, it was first on our list. After the Biosphere, we went to the Arizona Desert Museum and the Saguaro National Park where Dar did some HDR photography of the giant cactus in the setting sun. We ate this evening at Maya Quetzal restaurant on fourth avenue.
Our second day of a two day road trip to Northern Arizona where we visited the Grand Canyon and another portion of Route 66 at Williams Arizona. This second day had us exploring the Desert View Watch Tower with brilliant Hopi Indian art, the El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House, the Bright Angel Lodge, Kolb Studio and Hermit Rest, all Mary Colter creations. After a long wonderful day, dinner after sunset was on Route 66 in Williams Arizona at Poncho McGillicuddy’s Mexican restaurant.
Our first day trip after spending over a month on the road in our RV was to visit the historic Winslow Arizona, simply because of The Eagles song “Take it Easy”. We simply had to have our picture taken “Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona!” 17 Miles west of Winslow however, was the 50,000 year old Meteor Crater and site of NASA training missions for moon exploration and site of filming for one of Rob’s favorite movies Star Man with Jeff Bridges, filmed in 1984. Discovering the famous La Posada Hotel quite by accident, we left Winslow wondering “why on earth does that town exist anyway?”
Darlene spent the day watching native hoop dancing at the Litchfield Native Festival where Moontee Sinquah, Arvel Bird, Tony Duncan and his wife Violet were performing. She photographed the native dancers, musicians and spent time wandering the festival shopping for native jewelery and art.