Mixed bag of a day

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
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Trip End Sep 30, 2011


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Well the day started with me putting the wind lining in my jacket as the temperature was a low of 27C and ended with a high of 37C and I was happy.
Based on recommendations of a fellow biker I planned today and unfortunately two out of three places I went to were  disappointment. The first place I went to was Kartchner Caverns which is in a state park and required both an entry fee $6 and then a cave tour fee of $22! The cave was discovered in the 1990's and has been staged for viewing with Cave protection involved (i.e. keeping the tourist as far away from the decorations as they could) and you couldn't bring a camera in!!. The tour should have lasted 30 - 45 mins but a long winded tour guide made it last 1 1/2 hrs. This was to give the impression of value to the customer. The two cave rooms we visited was well decorated but not worth $22. The next place I visited was Tombstone and immediately hit Boot Hill. The cost for the visit was a $2 donation and you got a pamphlet  that listed the persons graves and gave reasons for death for some of the residents like "Margarita. Stabbed by Gold Dollar. Two dance hall girls quarreling over a man, and gold Dollar Won" So I really enjoyed walking around the graveyard Looking up the sites and what happened to the person buried there. Now for the other reason I went to Tombstone was to do the "Good Enough Mine Tour". The tour Guide was knowledgeable about mining in the 1800's in the area around Tombstone and the mine. I expected a lot more for the $15 than a very quick visit to the level closest to the surface.
But I had good visits too one to the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park ($5) which gave you a ton of information and exhibits and the Tombstone Epitaph paper which gave a lot of local history as well as the Indian Wars in Arizona.
Walking around the town there  were other exhibits (gun fights, dance halls etc) all costing money. Add this to the usual run-of-the-mill tourist stores and you have another town trying to milk its historic past. As I left town around 4pm the historic district was empty.
Well tomorrow is a ride day so all I pay for is gas :)
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