Wednesday, November 2, 2016


We made one more stop before getting back to Mesa for the winter.  We spent 10 days visiting our lot in the Escapees park in Benson, Arizona.  Here we are parked on our nice empty lot.

While we were there, the nearby old west town of Tombstone held its 'Helldorado Days', which began as a celebration of the town's 50th anniversary in 1929!  We had to go see the parade.

As expected, there were lots of beautiful horses.

Along with an appearance by the US Calvery.

Hot bath and a stiff drink for 25 cents - what a bargain.

The Shriners in their tiny cars had to avoid the presents left behind by the horses.

There were lots of lovely old west costumes.

But also some I didn't understand like these out of Alice in Wonderland.

And this Mardi Gras float.

This cute little cowboy was really fast at retrieving the thrown candy.

More beautiful horses.

And another mystery - a girl with a whip!

 Wow!  If it isn't Joanna Brady!  (Only funny to readers of the J.A. Jance books.)

Even the members of the VFW were mounted.

Ron got a kick out of the two-wheeled Allis-Chalmers tractor.

And I was appalled that the Rodeo Queen painted the hooves of her horse.

I loved these fluffy horses.  So cute.

As you probably know, Tombstone is infamous for the gunfight at the OK Corral which pitted Doc Holiday and the Earp brothers against the Clantons and McLaurys. Sure enough, here come the gunfighters now.

Later, we caught up with Wyatt and Doc at the courthouse.

What fun!


  1. OMG - you saw Joanna Brady? I am sooo jealous!

  2. OMG - you saw Joanna Brady? I am sooo jealous!

  3. You had me Googling a few phrases here, Shriners and Joanna Brady, now I know. Incidentally in the picture, Alice in wonderland costumes, its interesting that the woman in the centre, in the red top, is wearing a modernised version of a traditional Welsh costume [ ]

  4. Now that is a parade that I would like to see. Bizarre though some of it was.

  5. Yippie for the old west! I hope that paint washes off those horse hooves...;/

  6. I read lots of J A Jance back in the day. Are there new ones recently?

  7. Looks like lots of fun ... I feel sorry for the people who had to follow the horses!

  8. I guess that Allis Chalmers tractor is for small farms? ;c)