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Day 4 – Old Tucson Studios

We started Tuesday with a nice round of tennis at some courts that we poached in a nearby neighborhood. We grew up poaching courts and I secretly love it. Living on the edge. Look at this view! We are right in the foothills. My dad (aka tennis pro) was giving everyone lessons.

Look at those legs!

Today we all packed into a few cars, I think there were 10 of us. The thing you have to understand about Tucson is that no matter where you are going, something across town or the restaurant down the street, it will take you 30 minutes to get there. It is some sort of magical power but I swear it is true. Anyway, we all headed out to Old Tucson Studios, and 30 minutes after departure we were there! It is an awesome drive through Saguaro National Monument. Honestly one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. Gates Pass.

I haven’t been to Old Tucson since we lived there in the 80′s. It’s just 12 miles and a hundred years from town. Wink. That’s the old jingle. Old Tucson Studios was built in 1939 for the movie, Arizona, and has since been used in over 300 movie and tv productions including Tombstone, Three Amigos and Little House on the Prairie. In middle school I was once told that I looked like Laura Ingles. I don’t think it was meant as a compliment.
Recognize this from the Three Amigos?

Anyway, in the 1990′s part of Old Tucson burned down. Arson. And, leave it to the Hardy’s to show up on the 2 days out of the week that no rides are running, no gunshows etc. It was still awesome.


We roamed the streets taking millions of pics, ate ice cream, rode in a stage coach, went in the graveyard and saw the one mini-show they were running that day. They picked my bro’s gf, Amy, to be in it. Trooper!

I owe you lots more pics from Old Tucson! Oh it is SO neat! Coming soon….

Oh, and here’s a Tucson sunset. Pretty standard really. If standard means the most amazing thing you have ever seen.


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