Day 2 - Tuscon, AZ to Tombstone, AZ to Roswell, NM
Sorry for the lack of updates. I haven’t really had access to an internet connection, but I’ve got some pictures to help you catch up to us on our travels. Since then we’ve gone a long way East, but I’ll take you through one city at a time.
On Wednesday morning we woke up bright and early and left Tuscon/Benson, AZ, taking a quick drive to Tombstone, AZ where we were able to experience a snapshot of the once-great historic mining town. Among the historic sights were the Birdcage theatre, the OK Corrall, Boot Hill, Allen Street, the Epitaph, and many others. The weather was hot but, fortunately, we were still West enough where the humidity hadn’t set in yet.
Following our short stay in Tombstone, we prepared ourselves for the long journey ahead through the desert to Roswell, NM. It was initially hot, but the heat let up as we raised in elevation, climbing a number of small peaks and canyon vistas along the way. It seemed as though we were followed by a small storm and got some rain and lighting along the way as well.
As we entered New Mexico through HWY 180, the desolation seemed to stretch infinitely in every direction as our small truck rumbled along alone through the winding, haunting countryside. By dusk, we had finally reached the relatively flat expanse of the desert again and passed by the VLA, or Very Large Array. This facility houses over two dozen large satellite arrays that are pointed towards the vast expanses of the New Mexico sky.
We pushed on through the darkness for many more hours before we rolled into Roswell at 0 dark thirty early on Thursday morning.