No hands were bitten off at the Deer Farm

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Have you ever heard of a deer biting off someone’s hand before?  Neither have I ….. I just thought it would be a fun title to get your attention about the Grand Canyon Deer Farm.  Actually they were very sweet deer and were super excited to see us because they knew they were going to get feed.  They were funny and would follow you around the path.  Huggs said she felt like Santa and would take a handful of food walk away so they would follow her.  They also had real reindeer, a camel, goats, donkeys, bison, pig, monkeys and Continue reading

We got our kicks on route 66 in the stone ages and more Roadside fun

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More roadside fun, try to guess what landmarks we got to see.  The first clue is from a very famous movie about a cars and the phrase, “Get your kicks on Route 66”.  We drove …..name the city….. to see all the characters in the movie …..  Actually we have been having a lot of fun driving through different towns that the movie was based on.  While eating lunch at Route 66 sandwich shop, the cashier told us that her friends auto shop was the one they based it on in the movie and most of it was based right Continue reading

Our tale of Robbery on Grand Canyon Railway on Munchy’s 11th Birthday

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We had so much fun riding on the Grand Canyon Railroad. Our tale started on the cold morning of Munchy’s birthday.  We had just sat down to watch a show of cowboys trying to figure out how to robe a bank but threatened to take money from the tourist riding the train instead, it was hilarious.  I was a little concerned that they might actually proceed, but they decided not to so I didn’t worry about it. It was a relaxing two-hour ride on a 1950s train, we got serenaded while we traveled, and even got to walk to the Continue reading

Sonora Desert Museum Unschooling Taxadermy science

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Some may say that learning with taxidermy is just gross but I say it is an awesome way to see these animals unclose.  I was blown away by how big some of these animals actually are, like the polar bear compared to the brown bear.  It was amazing to get so close to the animals that you could almost touch them. We have been to a lot of zoos and have seen many animals interacting with each other  in their natural habitats but this is just a new way to look at them.  We also learned about conservation, and how Continue reading

White Dove of the Desert

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I love looking at historic missions and churches for their beauty and architecture. We were able to study geography, history, American Indian culture, Spanish history, religion, restoration and architecture at this beautiful mission, Mission San Xavier del Bac.  The best part was the free admission and they have tours 3 times a day for free. We were lucky enough to  be with a very small group and our tour guide had fun telling the girls stories about the church. This is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, originally part of New Spain it was founded by a Jesuit, Fr. Eusebio Continue reading

Tucson Rodeo rip-roaring fun for the whole family

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Cowboys hang on tight at the Tucson Rodeo for some rip-roaring fun for the whole family.  We had a blast whooping and hollering for the cowboys and cowgirls as they held on tight to bucking horses, and bucking bulls. We watched kids lasso baby sheep, men lasso cows, and women make their way around barrels.  This rodeo is one of the biggest in the US and Canada and had world champions competing in all the events. There where venders selling everything from Animal hide rugs, cowboy hats and boots, and food and even solar panels. This was mine and the Continue reading

Wild Wild West and the terrors of Tombstone

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History comes alive when visiting historical towns and our favorite so far has been Tombstone. We learned about the old west, how cowboys and outlaws lived, and the history of the town.  We also learned about the Earp brothers, the Clayton Gang, the story behind the OK Corral and even witnessed a bank robbery, took a tour of Good Enough Mines, and visited Boot Hill. The kids had fun trying on cowboy hats and eating lunch at one of the old restaurants. The highlight of our trip was the tour of the Good Enough Mine, so named because when Ed Schieffelin Continue reading

Ghost town Historical Markers and Rockhound State Park

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Ghost towns have been on our bucket list from the beginning and we finally got to see one on the border of New Mexico and Arizona.  Stein’s Ghost town has a very dark past and recently the owner’s father was killed which closed down this historic site for several months.  The town was named Doubtful Canyon due to the constant threat of Indians. Captain Stein was killed here resulting in the naming of Steins Pass.  Since we were pulling the trailer the girls were only able to see Stein’s Ghost Town from the exit. The exciting thing is for the Continue reading