A Busy Day

 Posted by at 2:36 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 172014

Thank you all for your wonderful e-mails and blog comments about our anniversary yesterday. They are very much appreciated. Unfortunately, we are in the process of consolidating all of our various websites and blogs into one master account, and in the process it looks like the comments may have disappeared. Chris Guld  from Geeks on Tour is trying to recover them, and I really hope she can, because Terry never even got the chance to read them.

Yesterday was a busy day for us. We spent the day touring Old Tucson, the famous movie set located west of Tucson. Over 300 movies and television shows have been filmed there over the years, including The Bells of St. Mary’s, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold, Rio Bravo, Winchester ’73, Rio Lobo, Have Gun Will Travel, Death Valley Days, High Chaparral, The Three Amigos, Tombstone, and the list goes on and on.

Old Tucson sign

There are dozens of Old West buildings, from Olsen’s Mercantile to Rosa’s Cantina, a one room schoolhouse, saloon, courthouse, and church.

Street Scene

Olsen Mercantile

Rosas Cantina

Schoolhouse inside

There is even a jail, so guess where I ended up?

Nick in jail

We started our visit with a stunt show, where three actors shot, slugged, tripped, kicked and otherwise abused each other. Those guys have to be in good shape to do all that twice a day!

Stunt Show

Ladder stuntman

The show ended with an impressive explosion that got everyone’s attention.


We wandered around a while, then stopped to watch this medicine man hustling magic elixir to the crowd.

Medicine Man show

That was all fun, but I preferred these pretty ladies who entertained us, dancing in the Grand Palace Hotel & Saloon.


Dancers on bar

We’ll have a feature story on Old Tucson in the next issue of the Gypsy Journal. Our friends Bob and Sandi Swanson had invited us to dinner at Rigo’s Restaurant, which is highly rated for their chili rellenos, so when we left Old Tucson we met them there. The food was good and the company was even better, and we sat around for a couple of hours visiting.

Bob and Sandi are leaving for the Rovers’ Roost Escapees Co-op in Casa Grande this morning and took a bundle of Gypsy Journals to drop off there, and our friends Tom and Pat Whittaker, who are parked on the other side of us, are headed to Quartzsite, so they took a couple of bundles to pass out in their travels. We really appreciate it when folks do that, it helps spread the word about what we do to RVers all over the country.

So far, over 100 blog readers have entered this week’s Free Drawing for an an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

If you need something good to read this week, check out The Kiss (An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters a collection of 31 stories by author friends of mine from around the world that will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale.

We’ve been on the go a lot the last few days, so today we plan to slow it down a bit and get caught up with some chores around home, and maybe run over to visit my cousin Beverly later on. I believe it’s Girl Scout cookie time, and I’m hoping I can convince Beverly’s granddaughter to sell me a box or two of Thin Mints.

Thought For The Day – Stop complaining and start doing.

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  4 Responses to “A Busy Day”

  1. Belated Congrat on 16 years of Bliss…What a wonderful Love story…I so enjoyed reading it…It is obvious that love still survives and flourishes in your household…You both still say and do wonderful things for each other…Whether their big or just small, it all counts…Many many more years of Happiness on the road together….Enjoy and stay Happy…

  2. The girls are a lot better looking than the Cactus Cuties!

  3. Guess I should spend some time in Tucson … you make it look so fun and of course the Old West is right up my alley!!!

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  4. Richard Schell, I’ll have you know my husband jim was once a Cactus Cutie,Had his 12 inch beard all done up in ringlets and everything. After that GJ rally, we came to Tucson and took the same tour Nick and Terry did . First thing that happened- they carried him away and then presented him and 2 other guys in Can can dresses! That was an unusual year!
    Now he’s an old Gold miner at Tucson’s Trail Dust Town.

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