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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 24th 2015

Every year, Tucson comes together to commemorate the capture of Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger. On January 1934, the Dillinger gang chose Tucson as the place to lay low after their crime sprees. Robbing over 24 banks and four police stations, John Dillinger was the most notorious of all Depression-era gangsters. J. Edgar Hoover launched the modern day FBI as an answer to fighting John Dillinger and organized crime. Most of Dillinger's escapades took place in the midwest, and I've grown up hearing stories about him, but I had never heard about his connection with Tucson before. He was born and raised in Indiana and started his life of crime there. After his first robbery, he was sent to prison, where he learned how to be an even better criminal from some of the best ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 19th 2015

We have now settled into our house in Arizona. I forgot to mention in the last Blog the price of gas on the way here averaged about $2.00/US gallon or about $.50/litre USD. When we left Niagara the price was about $.98/litre CDN. Gas pricing will help a little to off set the much higher exchange rate we're paying. Our house is okay although we're a little disappointed that the patio backs onto a noisy road. This is more than made up for by the golf course, fitness facility and olympic size pool that is part of the Starr Pass Marriott resort. The golf course is designed by Arnold Palmer and as you can see from the pictures, it's a desert style. Our rate, as vacation renters is $45.00 which is great value for this premium ... read more
Starr Pass GC
Downtown Tucson
Downtown Tucson

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 15th 2014

With a population of less than 1 million, Tucson is Arizona’s second largest city. Surrounded by low mountains, it offers excellent facilities for golf and many other year-round sports, as well as being an artistic, cultural, museum and academic centre, and site of the University of Arizona. Visually, it offers a welcome change from the narrow claustrophobic streets with skyscrapers that you find in so many cities of this size. While Tucson itself is laid-back and interesting, its surroundings too have much to offer, since it is located within the Sonora desert, which extends up from Mexico. The Saguaro National Monument in particular is breathtakingly beautiful. Probably its most famous icon is the San Xavier del Bac Mission. Often referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert”, this magnificent structure on an Indian reservation south ... read more
Tucson is a city of broad clean streets and low buildings, with a relaxed atmosphere.
There are many leafy, shady parks.
Native American and Mexican influences are very obvious in outdoor art.

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 14th 2014

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT, THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE PHOTOS (47 TOTAL - CLICK ON THE NUMBERS AT THE BOTTOM OR ARROWS IN TOP CORNERS) IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAT YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, JUST CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG, BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy New Year Everyone I'm going to let the photos do the "talking" in this travel blog. We had a great year with many visitors and lots of travel. In January (15 - 22) Bernard's sister, Claudia, came ... read more
Claudia's Arizona Visit
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McKayla and Denise @Grand Canyon

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson October 22nd 2014

Arrived home at 4 PM this afternoon. We traveled 3775 miles...and get this...total cost for gasoline was only $284.11!! Of course, it helped that the average price we paid for gas was around $2.85 a gallon. We rented a Hyundai Elantra that averaged 45 mpg for the trip. It was actually about $100.00 cheaper to rent the car and pay for the gas than it would have been to take our pickup and pay for the gas. Not to mention no wear and tear on the pickup and no cost for an oil change afterward. We had a good time visiting with all of our friends and relatives and hope to see all of them again our next trip. We are going camping for three days at Lake Patagonia on the 31st October and we're really ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson September 18th 2014

Aujourd'hui nous quittons Palm Springs la larme à l'œil ;). Journée de voiture pour rallier Tucson : Environ 6 heures. On passe de la Californie à l'Arizona. Pour se reposer nous décidons de passer par le Saguaro NP et sa route panoramique. Hélas quasiment toutes les routes sont fermées et même Old Tucson pour cause de pluie.... Même si il ne pleut pas… On a quand même pris quelques photos du paysage. Steph... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson September 11th 2014

HYSTERICAL JOURNEY TO HISTORIC PLACES He’s doing it again. Another long road trip to visit historic sites, take some photographs, and write stories about how the sites are significant. When I get back home I will begin to post them to the blog. Today is pretty much just an uneventful drive of 513.6 miles coming to roost in Santa Fe, NM. I had a fine lunch in Deming at El Camino Real Café. The enchilada plate was muy sabroso. It was a cheese enchilada with rice and beans served with green salsa, onions, and an egg fried over easy for $8.90 including the can of Diet Coke. Gasoline over in Hatch cost $3.70 per gallon for regular unleaded that was partly ethanol. It was $3.35 in Deming. Hatch is a thriving little community. Everyone there is ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson August 12th 2014

After San Francisco, I flew to Tucson to spend some time with my brother, father, grandmother, and aunt. It was a typical Weinert week: a few drinks, a few ideas for plans, and nothing that happened was as planned. Wouldn't have had it any other way. That side of my family is supposed to come visit in May, can't wait!... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson August 6th 2014

Did man really land on the moon? Who really assassinated JFK? Is the overabundance of border patrol really necessary? Random questions you may think? During our ride from Yuma to Tucson along routes 8, 85 and 86, I put a considerable amount of energy into trying to sort out the answer to the last question mostly, and the issues surrounding the complexities of border control and patrol in this area. I wondered: Why is it we routinely passed white border control pickup trucks, decaled with identifiable green markings smothered with an overabundance of radio antennae, every four to five minutes with alarmingly precise regularity? Why have we passed through two dog-sniffing inspection stations east bound in a stretch of less than 50 miles on the same highway? Why were we detoured around two westbound border checks ... read more
Dateland, Arizona
Date farm
Dateland, Arizona

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 25th 2014

Ernest and Priya lived on the outskirts of Tucson. It was a single story sprawling house with beautifully kept gardens in the front and back with a swimming pool in the back garden. It was very private as there were no houses in the back ( there was a flash flood run off at least 100m wide with bushes and cactii). Ernest had taken time off take us around Tucson. On Sunday after church we had our first trip to the hills surrounding Tucson. The hills give Tucson a insulated atmosphere and probably protects it from extream weather such as tornados. It is an arid place but something strange happens as you drive up the hills which are approximately 7000+ feet (2000+m) high. At first there was only some bushes in the arid plains, the vegitation ... read more
With Ernie & Priya
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The road up




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