Today we decided to check out the nearby city of Tombstone. I have to say we were both a bit disappointed.......It proved to be your typical tourist trap. The old buildings were neat on the outside, but full of tired t-shirts and other tacky merchandise. I walked inside the “birdcage” which was a grand “cat house” in it’s day. I wanted to see the cages that hang from the ceiling---hence the name “birdcage”---where the ladies of the evening would display their wares. Well, you can step inside, but the area where the cages are hung are blocked from view---I didn’t ask, but I’m sure that their was a price to see the rest of the building. Ok, everyone needs to make a buck. I think we spent a total of about 20 minutes in Tombstone......walked up one side of the street and down the other.
DH decided we would take a different route back to the fiver. I really wasn’t paying attention, but next thing I know we have entered a “check point” area and men in uniforms are asking to see our license. It seems we were headed into a military base, Fort Huachuca. DH explained we were just out sight seeing and did not want to enter the base. The guard told us to pull over into another area, where another guard took our license again and wrote down our plate number. Ok, I’m starting to get a little nervous at this point---what’s next, interrogation! Much to my relief, they simply helped us to make a u-turn. Safely back on the highway and heading toward Benson we had a good laugh about it all. It was not long after that we were once again being directed through a check point. This time it was boarder patrol. They just asked us if we were American Citizens--we said yes---and we were on our way once more.
That was pretty much the extent of our excitement for the day. DH found some football games to watch and I managed to take a long nap. I should have got out and enjoyed the beautiful day, but I just wasn’t in a very good mood. Tomorrow brings a new day and a new year and hopefully I’ll be in a better mood!