: Spent last week in Tucson Arizona. Pics!



I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-15-08, 09:36 PM
With my family, I went down to Tucson Arizona on Thursday afternoon for my Grandpa's funeral. While not a good reason to get down to Arizona, it was still nice to get out of this miserably cold wasteland otherwise known as Minnesota. So I enjoyed it as much I could and took many pics.

Here you go.

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An iPod vending machine in the Twin Cities airport. Cool idea.

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For that price, it'd better sound heavenly.

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Oh how warm and inviting! Why would anyone wanna leave?

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Minneapolis in the distance.

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The Hyundai Entourage we had as a rental. Not bad for a family of five. A far superior van than the Chevy Uplander and all it's cousins.


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Pork rinds....awful. Never again.

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Oh yay! Carl's Jr's! Nothing like a new fast food chain to try.

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It was as epic as it looks. :chad:

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Mountain outside of Tucson...note the logo near the top. :cool2:


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More gorgeous Tucson scenery.

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We stayed at a Days Inn. This was pretty much the only part of it that didn't suck.

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Emergency drop at nearby hospital.

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More gorgeous Tucson scenery.

LS1Mike
12-15-08, 09:45 PM
What did you go for?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-15-08, 09:48 PM
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From the mountains outside of Tucson, looking down.

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I tried tricking my little brother to go into these, but failed. :(

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Haha, it's kinked! :histeric:

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It looks so comfortable!

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Some sort of rattle snake I saw at a museum.

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Boa Constrictor I saw at same museum.

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Some sort of freakishly large iguana. Hello there.

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I want.

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I really want! This wolf spider looks larger and more intimidating than the Tarantula pictured above.

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Some sort of sweet looking owl. Apparently, it's got a three foot wingspan and weighs less than a pound.

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Mountain lion...or cougar...or something cool like that.

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Smug looking groundhog.

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A HUGE toad.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-15-08, 09:51 PM
What did you go for?

My grandpa's funeral.

I'll post the rest of the pics from the trip later. I gotta run now.

LS1Mike
12-15-08, 10:19 PM
Sorry to hear that, I missed that in the first post.
How did he come to live so far away?

Rolex
12-15-08, 10:45 PM
Ack...spiders. Kill them with fire:gun2::bazooka:

I worked at the St. Mary's Hospital here for 4 years.

Destroyer
12-16-08, 12:28 AM
Thought about moving to AZ back in the real estate "boom". Looks like a fun trip amidst sad reasons.

gdwriter
12-16-08, 02:18 AM
Judging from the pictures in Post #3, I'd say you must have gone to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Fascinating place. It's where I truly came to appreciate the desert.

Also looks like you went through Gates Pass via Speedway Rd. to get to the Desert Museum. An amazing drive where you're driving on the side of the mountain. My aunt lives over the mountain from the city, and I always take Speedway Rd. so I can drive over Gates Pass. You can't go that fast coming down the side of the mountain, but the views are breathtaking.

gdwriter
12-16-08, 02:22 AM
How did he come to live so far away?Having lived in Arizona for 15 years, I can say there are a lot of retirees from the upper Midwest who live there. A common joke was to say Phoenix was Chicago's biggest suburb.

During the winter, the most common out-of-state plates I'd see were from Illinois and Minnesota. A lot of snowbirds eventually move there permanently.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
12-16-08, 02:42 AM
Chad, I still cannot comprehend how you and Jesda take pictures of everything that happens in your life. The one that gets me every time is the food. Always pictures of food...

Sorry for your loss and I hope that your grandfather lived a long and youthful life.

Jesda
12-16-08, 05:49 AM
Sorry about the loss of your grandfather.

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Have you been feeding them baconators?

nickc50310
12-16-08, 01:12 PM
Sorry about your grandpa Chad. My grandma and grandpa died in 08.


Cool pics though! Also, Carls Jr is Hardees.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-16-08, 09:45 PM
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Producer of Tequila.

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The only kind of pear I like. The prickly kind.

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I miss this place! :crying:

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At grandma's place in Tucson, those are my little brothers in the picture.

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The dog my grandpa got for his eightieth birthday, appropriately named "Aidie".

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New hats (inherited from Grandpa)!! My brother and I. I'm the one in the Oasis t-shirt (gotten at the Oasis concert I attended a few days prior). I had thought about buying a hat like that, but scoffed at the price. Well that worked out well.

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Grand Marquis are very popular in Tucson. Which just goes to prove there are too many retirees in Arizona.

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YES!!! I have waited SOOOO long to suckle at the Jack In The Box teat. :drool: :cloud9:

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Their beautiful menu. I got the # 14. Southwest Chicken Ciabatta.....awesome.

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It was so epic a paper wrapper couldn't handle it. They just had to box it.

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The dude in the pointy hat knows all. Respect the hat!

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I gave it 16 out of a possible 10. I miss that sandwich.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-16-08, 10:01 PM
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Grandma's place in Tucson. It goes without saying that it looks nothing like houses in MN.

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Looking down the dried up river bed behind their place, towards the mountains.

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Inside an outdoors mall in Tucson. So different from all the malls in MN... God I wish I lived in AZ.

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Looking down that dried up gulley towards the Mountains again. Sooo nice.

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BADASS cummins Ram I saw on the way to Phoenix Saturday night.

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Clouds over the mountains.

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I don't know how well you can see it, but near the bottom of the pic, you'll see a bunch of aircraft parked real close to each other. Well that's a giant airplane boneyard...pretty neat. I wanted to go up closer but due to time constraints and the setting sun, we couldn't.

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Three corvettes (C6 Z06, C5, C5) and a collector's edition '02 Trans Am going north on I-10.

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Neat looking rock formation.

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"Dude!! We could totally go to LA!!!"

I left this....
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For this....????
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WHY GOD WHY?????

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-16-08, 10:06 PM
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Decals from the side of the engine. Kinda funny actually.

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Mountain from above.

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Phoenix airport.

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I got seated next to the wing. Nice.

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Another mountain from above. This is near Colorado though.

77CDV
12-17-08, 12:18 AM
Chad,

Cool pics! Had I known you were at the Days Inn, I would have waved the half dozen times I drove by this past weekend. Now you know why I'll NEVER leave the desert southwest. I'm missing Tucson already (CA is so overrated).

Craig

Jesda
12-17-08, 01:35 PM
What the hell is Sun Country!

gary88
12-17-08, 01:58 PM
Cool pics, makes me want to visit Arizona.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-17-08, 10:16 PM
What the hell is Sun Country!

Definitely not as cool as Sun ****ry.

c5 rv
12-17-08, 11:09 PM
If you like western boots, one of the best places to go is the Stewart Boot factory in South Tucson. I have some off-the-shelf Stewarts, but would like a custom pair sometime. See Victor.

eyekandyboats.inc
12-17-08, 11:49 PM
Very cool Chad! awesome in deed. those mountains are awesome.

Sorry for your loss. By the way

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
12-18-08, 02:53 AM
I honestly don't like going south that much. It feels so weird to be down there with all that brown and then come back and everything is nice a green. The brown just screams barren wasteland, although a lot a white powder and howling wind says the same thing.

77CDV
12-18-08, 11:59 PM
But it's not all unremitting brown, there's tons of color in the mountains, esp at sunrise and sunset, and so many colorful, though small, flowers. The desert ecology is truely a miracle, and with a few clouds around, AZ sunsets are the most stunning natural wonder I've ever seen.