11/30/12: The days we spent in Surprise were relaxing, just did some shopping, reading, and used the pool and hot tub. We also went to see the Christmas lights in downtown Glendale. Then we headed southwest to Benson, about 45 miles past Tuscon. Its a sleepy old railroad town that time seems to have forgotten for the most part. Our reason for staying there was to see a few local sights.
First was Kartchner Caverns. They are a rather recent discovery, although first entered in 1974, they were not open to the public until 1999. Arizona went to great lengths to be sure they could be visited without disturbing their natural state inside. They are beautiful, very colorful and with many types of stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations. No photos are allowed, sorry.
|OK Corral, Tombstone, AZ|
The next day we went south to the old west town of Tombstone. There is an excellent museum in the old courthouse with lots of memorabilia and information about the history of the area. The town buildings now hold shops and other businesses, but still retain their original look. Of course it is a bit commercialized, with cowboys that will take you on tours or do reinactments of gunfights for a fee. We
|Allen St, Tombstone, AZ|
|old territorial courthouse|