Date: 2005-10-14 19:35:00
Tags: travel, usa
We just arrived in San Diego from our previous stop in Yuma, AZ. We spent the last few days seeing much of the state of Arizona, from Sedona north of Phoenix to Biosphere 2 north of Tucson and all the way to Tombstone in the southeast.

Since we totally missed everything south of Flagstaff and north of Phoenix due to the state having no vacancy (see previous post), we were glad to be able to go back to the Sedona area for some sightseeing. We camped in the valley north of Sedona (and shared our campsite with a skunk!), and did some short hikes around the area.

Biosphere 2 is essentially a big greenhouse, the most airtight building in the world. In the early 90s after it was built, two teams of people lived inside the closed environment, breathing recycled air and drinking recycled water, for two years and six months respectively. Since then it has been a research center for such things as carbon dioxide studies, since it is the only place in the world where you can accurately control the amount of CO2 in the air.

Tombstone is the site of the famous OK Corral shootout and is now a tourist town. We saw a corny reenactment of some shootouts from the wild west, wandered the streets where they still do horse and buggy tour rides, and saw the Boot Hill Cemetery where the victims of many shootouts are buried. Apparently they filled up the cemetery in just a few years!

Tomorrow we're going to visit the San Diego Zoo and around Balboa Park.
Hey, if there are any panda-related keychains at the zoo shoppe, grab me one. I'll pay for postage and cost of keychain, of course. :)
Here's one style:

I expect there to be various others as pandas are a strong theme at the zoo. I certainly will pick one up for you!
We found a much cooler one than the one available in the online store. I think you'll like it. Email me your address and we'll drop it in the mail!
My sister and brother-in-law live in Yuma. Not much there, eh?
Nope. It was simply a convenient stopping point in the nothingness between Phoenix and San Diego.

Looks like we're going to be in the Bay area around something like the 24th give or take a day or two. Will let you know more when we know more. :)
Check out the Wild Animal Park if at all possible. IMHO it beats the zoo by miles. In some ways it's more of a nature preserve than a zoo. Great place. And I wouldn't bother with Sea World. It's commercialized to the point of being ridiculous.
Yeah, we also went to the wild animal park. It started raining when we were nearing the end of the monorail tour so that dampened the day a bit, but it was still a great day. We gave sea world a pass.

In other news, the first step of my NZ immigration process is done, now I just have to collect and submit paperwork. It's just a matter of time now!
Sweet as. :)
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