Thursday, July 24, 2008
Posted by Botill Family at 11:14 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here is what I said I would post for those who are thinking of visiting. We have been pleasantly surprised at the number of things to do around southern Arizona. Here are some links that all of you can check out if planning to visit.
The link to Tombstone: http://www.tombstone.org/index.html?ur.html&1
Bisbee is a pretty artsy community now: http://bisbeearizona.com/content/
The International Wildlife Museum: http://www.thewildlifemuseum.org/
The Pima Air and Space Museum has the Challenger Space Center and tours of the famous "Boneyard" http://www.pimaair.org
This is a often used movie studio that has shows and an interactive western environment http://www.oldtuscon.com
I really want to see this since we didn't go on our vacation down the PCH and see all the missions: http://www.sanxaviermission.org
We definitely are going here too since Arizona has some of the best sky-watching in the world: http://www.noao.edu/kpno/
For the kiddos: http://www.tucsonchildrensmuseum.org/
We have caves, aquatic centers, mine tours and other stuff that I didn't list here, but this is a good start.
Posted by Botill Family at 8:59 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
As I have stated before, we spend most of our free time at the local parks. Here is some footage of Reagan and Chase on the swings.
When we aren't in the park, we are stuck in a small room together. Needless to say, we watch a lot of movies. A Bug's Life is the movie of choice at the moment. Reagan even watched it right after getting bitten by a host of red ants. When they are tired after playing hard, we come home, take a bath, get into some pjs and the twins get into our bed and settle themselves down under the covers (completely on their own). It is really funny.
Posted by Botill Family at 5:19 PM
These pictures are from the observation point/picnic area on base as an afternoon storm was rolling in. Is it what you pictured Arizona to look like? Not me.
This is the housing on Fort Huachuca. Amazing surroundings. Although they do have quite a problem with rattlesnakes and scorpions. (We are not living on base.)
Fort Huachuca is bordered on one side by mountains (what they call mountains, but Utahans know better). We were told it was quite pretty and temperate compared with the rest of Arizona, but we were blown away with how lovely the area really is. Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Bisbee and Fort Huachuca are much greener than expected. There are rolling hills everywhere. This time of year is the rainy season and every night we get spectacular thunderstorms. It is often cloudy and when the clouds cover the sun, the weather is just perfect. We stay out in the parks every morning and evening. Although the bugs are a different story. Reagan has already been attacked by large red ants that have bit her feet and little legs. (She was beside herself for several hours.) You can't seem to avoid all the ants... they are LITERALLY EVERYWHERE! The playgrounds are infested with them.
We have already gone to Tombstone and Bisbee. Logan LOVED Tombstone. It was very kid-friendly. With colorful characters placed all over town. We saw a shoot-out at Helldorado and a roping & riding show where Logan learned so roping tricks. We ate at the Crystal Palace (pulled pork sandwiches and sarsaparilla.... mmmmm...). The second floor of the crystal Palace is where Town Marshal Virgil Earp and Sheriff Behan had their offices. We only went to a small portion of what they had and I was surprised at how much they had to do there.
Bisbee is more of an art community and has galleries and antique shops. They have a mine tour where you go around in actual mine carts (big yellow hat and all). We didn't go on it since Chase and Reagan are still a bit young.
I will be posting websites for people to go to who intend on coming to visit. It will give you a better idea of what there is to do here. See ya'll soon!