Tucson is an all day drive from L.A. We broke it up by spending the night in Yuma along the way.
In the bathroom, there is a bathtub with a shower seat provided by the hotel, a roll-under sink, and a no-step shower. Not quite a roll-in, but you could put the shower seat there and transfer to it in the shower…as long as you’re not too wide. The bedroom has a flat-screen LCD TV while the living room has an older picture tube model.
Outside is a large pool in a lush, landscaped courtyard with a spa and a large firepit for the evening. A restaurant and bar off to the side provide a generous breakfast buffet in the morning, meals throughout the day, and a happy hour at night. The breakfast was included for an extra ten dollars.
We take a quick drive over to downtown Tucson, which is in the middle of redevelopment. It looks like a fun place. I stop off at the restored Fox Theater there and pick up some tickets for a concert the next night.
With that done, we get a bottle of wine, some bread, cheese, and settle in for a quiet night in.
In the morning, I went in to take a shower. The shower head was set to the widest possible spray and I could barely get any water on me. The water took…and I timed this…9 minutes to warm up. The bathtub shower head was limp and in serious need of Viagra…it just wouldn’t stay up.
After breakfast, we took our concerns to the manager who moved us upstairs to a similar room with working fixtures. We also complained about the noise and did not have any more problems with it during our stay. The water still took 9 minutes to warm up, though.
Once in Tombstone, we drive around the old part of town and have a devil of a time finding parking. We learn that the lot on the other side of Highway 80 designated as OK Corral parking can also be used as a general parking lot for the town and it’s also free so we park there.
Luckily, traffic is not so intense here so crossing the highway is no big concern.
Letty and Tim have been debating through the morning about attending the gunfight at the OK Corral in the afternoon. Tim’s disability has the effect of his eardrums not being able to tense up at loud noises like normal folk so he really dislikes loud, sudden noises. Letty wants to see it and offers to put in earplugs and cover those up with shooter’s headphones. Tim tentatively agrees…we’ll see.
Along the way we see a little plaque saying that Wyatt Earp’s brother was murdered in the shop we were standing in front of. Of course, we have to go in there and find the spot.
One wonderful thing about Tombstone is that we did not find anything to be inaccessible to wheelchairs. There are basic...very basic...accessible restrooms at each end of town and it's a very easy 3 block stretch from end-to-end.
After lunch, we drive to the north end of town to the little western cemetery there better known as Boot Hill. Here is where the town buried it's dead back in the wild west days. The dead from the OK Corral are buried here, as are numerous criminals who were hanged...some "legally" as their headstones say.
Not to forget, the infamous Lester Moore...you know, "four slugs from a .44. No Les, No More."
The cemetery is mostly wheelchair accessible. It's dirt, so expect so bumpy, rocky paths but for the most part, you'll be able to visit it. It's also free, although a donation is requested.
There’s more to come, stay tuned for part 2 of this trip.