Kartchner Caverns / Tombstone
Thursday, February 17, 2017
As planned, our day started at 6:00 o’clock, under chilly blue skies…
Why? Because today was Kartchner Caverns day (check Kartchner Caverns State Park, under Arizona State Parks). You see, you NEED a reservation to see the caverns (online booking), you NEED to be there at least 1 hour ahead of time, and you NEED to drive for about 1.5 hours from Marana to get there! Our scheduled visit was at 9:20 am, so you do the count down…
From their discovery, in 1974, the caverns remained a secret for 14 years! Now fully fitted with proper walkways, they are for everybody to discover. The site became a State Park, with a Discovery Centre (museum) and campgrounds. To preserve the caverns for generations to come, the rules are quite strict: No food or drinks, no purses, no cameras and no touching anything during the one-hour tour. In fact, rangers/guides reserve the right to expel you if you fail to comply!
Raymond did visit the caverns while I opted for staying at the museum and the gift shop. It was an interactive learning experience I really enjoyed.
We then headed to Tombstone (via I-10 and highway 80), the town too tough to die! Started in 1877, this wild frontier community survived 2 major fires and a bunch of ruffians that made it so infamous (watch Tombstone, the movie)! The wild, wild West atmosphere has been recreated, with a Courthouse, an O.K. Coral, a Bird Cage Theatre and Stagecoaches. We had so much fun and managed to stay clear from the gunners!
We also stopped at Boothill Grave Yard, a burial plot for the town’s first pioneers and outlaws alike. The good and the bad resting together… Sweet dreams!
We ended the day with a “dress-up” picture, with guns and all, and dinner at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. Time to head back to Marana. You never know, too much fun could kill you….
Raymond, lovely photos but they take ages to download, may be consider downsizing the image sizes for blogging?
Great write-ups Anna. Heard today on PBS that entry to US National Parks will be free for the next couple of days. Check it out. Enjoy your visit and tours.