Trip Across America ~ January 2016

January 9, Saturday

El Paso, TX to Tucson, AZ

Leaving El Paso, from Interstate 10 one can look south and see Juarez, Mexico. The contrast between U.S. and Mexican buildings is immediately apparent. It’s sad to see a country as Mexico be so rich in resources yet be so poor economically.


The Thing? is a roadside attraction which is advertised in three states for hundreds of miles before getting to it. We’ve been there before. It’s a once in a life time experience!


Want to get rich? Invest in traffic cones. They are everywhere and someone has to pay for them. You may as well get rich at it too!

Upon entering New Mexico, there is a giant roadrunner statue on a hill above the I-10. Big! We find it interesting that other states don’t mind adding fine art to their freeways and bridges. California doesn’t do as much of it but is beginning to catch up.


Steins is a ghost town which was originally established in 1857. One drives by it so fast that it slips away. There is just one exit and you’re gone and then before realizing it you are in Arizona. Yep, the Enchanted Land of New Mexico was left behind!

Pima Air & Space Museum

Tucson, AZ

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Who’s flying the jet!?!

Hitler’s V-1 Rocket

WWII Dedication

Skeleton frame

Museum Map

Super Fortress

Bomb Run

The Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson AZ is awesome! They have three hangers, a space gallery, and the 390th Memorial Musuem. Also,dogs are allowed both in the museum and on the grounds. So, Tickle got to go with us. They have tours and tram rides but the dog can’t go on those. So we walked. Great weather! There is a bonyard with bus tours. It’s where military airplanes go to die. It is not to be confused with the Pinal Airpark boneyard. That’s where civilian airplanes go to retire.

This is a scary one. Did you ever wonder where the crew of those WWII bombers stood. Well, they all didn’t stand. Take a look at these pictures


So, would you like to be the bottom gunner? That’s a job that generally went to very short gunners. Yikes!

Pink Baby!

Tucson Ring Meteor

Fot the Kids

Current Planes

in the Air

The Junk Sculpture Garden

Tucson, AZ

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Click here to see our trip map for today.

Junk Sculpture Garden of Tucson AZ is brought to you by private resident Jerry Hall. No, not the actress. The owner, Jerry Hall, was an architect who made sculptures out of scrap metal. The entire property is surrounded by these incredibly creative and strange works of art resembling people, cactus and all sorts of other things made out of motorcycle parts, tin cans, and metal pieces. He is gone now but his neighbors exhibit his work at the small roundabouts in the neighborhood.


Anyway, we made it to our hotel and hope you enjoy today’s pictures. See you tomorrow!