Wednesday, September 16, 2015 : Saguaro (East), Tombstone


Saguaro National Park is divided in two parts, Tucson District, west of Tucson, which we visited yesterday, and Rincon District, east of the city, which we are seeing today.

 

Saguaro National Park, Rincon District

Saguaro National Park, Rincon District

 

Rincon District is composed of a loop to be seen by car, very slowly, unless you are not willing to see anything, and many trails of various lengths and difficulties, which give access to the luxuriant desert life.

 

Obviously, it is out of question to wander on any trail without the bare minimum : water in abundance, sunscreen, food, and a phone, just in case. There are many reminders of those safety rules.

 

These precautions are the price to pay to get a close-up of the desert, or at least its vegetation. As far as animal life is concerned, let us say that our timing is not very fortunate : at the time we are visiting the park, most animals are avoiding the searing heat. We just see a few squirrels and lizards.

 

Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone

Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone

 

We spend the afternoon in Tombstone, an old mining town that nowadays mostly lives off tourism. We are thrown back into the Western age. The famous gunfight at the OK Corral, which has been the subject of many movies, happened here, and is frequently mentioned. We see a re-enaction of the gunfight almost at the exact place it happened.

 

When I ask if the bullets are live ammo or blanks, one of the actors replies me, with an amused smile, "Actors tend to be expensive, these days".

 

And at last I have founds my boots and Stetson hat !