This is the first installment of a series devoted to the hubs and I’s USA Road Trip! In honor of our TENTH anniversary, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it – seeing a large part of America, and knocking some things off the bucket list. It is my hope that you find this information not only entertaining, but useful in planning a road trip of your own! My husband and I always would say, “I can’t wait to go to Italy!” Then we realized that there are many things in our homeland that we haven’t seen that are spectacular and/or full of history.
Join me, won’t you? We will rest our heads in El Paso, Texas, but our first stop is Tombstone, Arizona!
Coming from Southern California, the landscape doesn’t change too much, though I noticed that things were a bit – cleaner. The air was clearer, it was HOT, but dry, the clouds provided a sharp contrast against the true-blue sky.
Along the way, we stopped at the best date shake shack on the planet (sorry Palm Springs)!
Finally, after hours of driving – some of which was right next to the Mexico border, we arrive at Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone. What a weird, yet cool place! It’s a real graveyard, even though it may look questionable. Every one who died in Tombstone was taken to Boothill Graveyard via the Black Moriah. Sounds creepy, eh? The Black Moriah was a gold-trimmed hearse drawn by horses. It’s on display at The Bird Cage Theatre, which has a creepy history of its own!
Our time in Tombstone was short, but we managed to put around in the gift shop of the O.K. Corral, and moseyed into the Crystal Palace Saloon for a snort of whiskey. Isn’t it obligatory to pony up to the local bar in a western town, and demand a whiskey-drink? After our libation, we stroll around town and mingle with the law men, and eventually end up at the Bird Cage Theatre.
We enter to a small welcome room and a tour guide giving her spiel. The place is haunted. I have never been in a legitimate haunted establishment before, so I was freaked out a bit. Then we discovered there was a self-guided tour to the rest of the place, so we jumped on it!
One of the employees stressed that we must take a lot of pictures of ourselves. Since the place is so haunted, it’s not uncommon to catch something on camera. We take our time walking through the building, and taking in it’s original paint and wallpaper, original poker tables, stage, and, well everything! Leave it to the foodie to get excited about an old lemon squeezer!
Do you see that green thing on the hubs back?! I don’t know how it could have gotten there. I’ll let you decide whether it’s a spirit or not. Spoooooky!
Before long we were back on the road, headed to Old Bisbee Brewing Company.
What a great town, with equally great people. We even met the head brewer, Paul, while we were enjoying our flight. He ended up giving us the brewery tour! It’s not too big of a place, the taproom seats about 15 comfortably, with an industrial-style bar, and a few two-top pub tables. You walk upstairs to a beautiful patio with tables and umbrellas. They have a grill off to the side, which leads me to believe that they host barbeques. Score! They don’t have a kitchen, but they do serve up some brats and potato chips.
We didn’t linger for long at Old Bisbee Brewing Company for too long, after all we had to make it to El Paso at some kind of decent hour. I had researched this vegan coffee shop called Whyld Ass Coffee Shop. The owners were great, and the food and coffee were fantastic! It is owned by a husband and husband team, Keith and Ryan, and they specialize in special dietary needs. Everything is organic, some of their dishes are raw, and the baked goodies are often gluten free. They always have something new and exciting on the menu!
The hubs and I both got coffees, to which we applied real maple syrup and honey along with a good selection of nut creamers. We got two different sandwiches, and two different sides, all of which were vegan, and equally delicious! Don’t even get me started on the gluten free chocolate chip cookie! So dang good!
Sadly we had to get moving, but we grew to really love Bisbee in the short time we were there. We even talked about it becoming our retirement town!
Stay tuned for the next adventure!
Check out this little map to get your bearings:
View Tombstone and Bisbee in a larger map
Here are the links to all the places we visited for your convenience!
- Dateland Travel Center
- Boothill Graveyard
- O.K. Corral
- Crystal Palace Saloon
- The Bird Cage Theatre
- Old Bisbee Brewing Company
- WHyld ASS Coffee Shop
Follow the links to experience the entire USA Road Trip!
USA Road Trip #1: Tombstone & Bisbee, Arizona
USA Road Trip #2: Odessa, Texas
USA Road Trip #3: Austin, Texas
USA Road Trip #4: Fort Worth, Texas
USA Road Trip #5: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Denver & Boulder, Colorado
USA Road Trip #6: Yellowstone