Thursday, July 15, 2010

Arizona: Sweating in Phoenix & Cowboys in Tombstone

We've just arrived in New Mexico after staying in the nice, sweaty little city of Phoenix Arizona. We spent a lazy two nights and one day there recharging the batteries.

The temperatures here are scorching - in the 30s at night and in the mid-40s during the day. By midday the only safe place to be for more than a couple of minutes is indoors or underwater.

The city centre is fairly small and is made up of businesses and food stores - probably because it's too hot to shop or do anything other than move quickly from one building to the next.

Phoenix spreads far and wide, connected by a really pretty motorway decorated with cacti and paintings.

We stayed at the Radisson - the best part was the swimming pool and super friendly staff.

With the tempurates set to reach even higher we left this morning for Las Cruces, New Mexico via Tombstone Arizona - the historic western town home to Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.

Founded in 1879 as a silver mining town, Tombstone is famous as the site for the western gunfight battle gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Today, the town is an official historic site and makes its money on tourism.

There are a couple of museums, resturants and re-enactments, but since we were short on time we grabbed a bite to eat and looked through the cowboy and western shops.

This was my favourite store name, Big Nosed Kates:

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