Our first destination of the day was the Saguaro National Park. Even before we got there, we were taking in the views of the beautiful Saguaro. They were plentiful in neighborhoods, around businesses, and along the highways and roads. I guess I never thought about them being so close to civilization. Visiting the southern part of Arizona is worth the trip just to see this magnificent creation.
|The top of a Saguaro|
I recognized the roof of the old part of the building straight away from family photos, and I just had to have my picture taken there. I did manage to tour the new part of the church (built after my family's time there) but the old section I was interested in is now their children's area and was locked up. It was just nice to be there. And, sure enough, there was a Saguaro right next to the church.
|The part I recognized.|
|The new section|
Mission San Xavier del Bac. It was my dad who told me about this beautiful place. As a schoolboy, he wrote a report about the Spanish mission and has fond memories of conducting the necessary research for the project. Mission San Xavier del Bac was built in 1783 and is stunning both inside and out. I was surprised to find that it is still an active place of worship. We were careful to be quiet and not disturb those who were praying.
|Tombstone City Hall|
We drove out to Tombstone after our visit at the mission. Frankly, I have no interest in the O.K. Corral narrative for which Tombstone is famous, but I did want to see the town. It is where my dad attended high school, and as such, it is a place of interest to me. We swung at the park (just outside the famous corral), walked down the boardwalk, drove around the town a little, and then found a hotel about twenty minutes away.
In one day we woke up in a four star resort and went to sleep in a one star extended stay, but it was a nice place, and I would stay there again. They even had a microwave and dishes, so we were able to stay in and eat soup and popcorn for dinner.