Journey Across the U.S.: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, AZ

19 Sep

Journey Across the U.S.: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, AZ

Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Stop #9 Tucson, AZ

Alive in Tucson! (Any Last Man on Earth watchers out there? No, only us?)

Anyway, we were given many recommendations about Tucson. Everyone spoke so highly of it! So get your reading glasses (hopefully you don’t need them yet) and join our journey in Tucson.

Planning, planning, and more planning

It was difficult planning this half of the trip. The terrain is unknown to us; we’ve never driven this far West before today. You hear about places from other friends’ stories or in history books, maybe even from a TV show. It was all still uncharted land for us. So we broke out the big atlas that I bought specifically for this trip (yep, I went old school and bought a paper atlas! Thank goodness I did because cell service on the road sucked.) Taking a look at the route and the end destination we picked a few stops and must have changed them about three times thinking others would be more exciting and bring more adventure. That’s how we basically decided on Tucson (and since The Last Man on Earth decided to live there it must not be too bad, right?).

The Road to Tucson

Only a few hours after we left El Paso did we arrive at our hotel on Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Driving on the road with an almost 2 year old takes a little coordination and a lot of cooperation (followed by a lot of distraction). Leaving during naptime for Niah provided a peaceful journey with one really cute sleeping baby in the back seat. About half way through the trip we stopped at this cool looking roadside store that had every nick knack you could think of that had to do with Native Americans. They had these old time billboards that looked like an old western town. So of course we had to stop and take some pictures with all 6 of our cameras (yes, film festival 2016 over here).

Old western billboard on the way to Tucson, AZ | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Can you see us at the bottom!?

(Taken with a refurbished Spectra polaroid camera)

Old western billboard on the way to Tucson, AZ | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

I know crappy lighting, sorry guys, but there I am running to the store. I had to pee so bad!

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera)

Old western billboard on the way to Tucson, AZ | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Here’s Niah and Dad at the old western billboards 

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera)

Weirdly enough this stretch of the road you saw acres of pecan trees…(insert sheer panic face). Thankfully, I “supposedly” NOT allergic to pecans anymore, but the idea of it caused some anxiety to say the least. Oh! And that store we went in…I didn’t realize it until I was waiting to pay that they were roasting pecans (and had a whole bakery catering to pecans). The whole place smelled of roasted pecan (ok, real panic starting to set in!)

All in all, I didn’t die, or have a reaction, but I may have had a slight panic attack. So if you are allergic to pecans you might want to skip the road side store with all the old town billboards…please.

Our Time in Tucson

After a little settling in we explored the Davis Monthan Air Force Base. The PX or Exchange (basically a Walmart, but better quality stuff) was huge and very nice! Niah needed a new portable DVD player and I wanted a nice bottle of wine so we bought what we needed (yes, the wine was needed) and headed back to the hotel. Later that night after everyone had showered up and relaxed I thought I would open up the wine and have a glass…come to find out there wasn’t a cork screw anywhere to be found and I wasn’t handy enough to get the wine bottle open without it. (Funny fact this bottle of wine still has not been opened and is probably bad from the hot hot heat we experienced since then, ugh). I guess I didn’t need the wine that much anyway. Next time I’ll remember to get a twist top or just bring a wine opener (putting it in the emergency kit now).

Exploring Tucson

Tucson, Day 1

We headed out to Prima Air and Space Museum. Many people recommended we check out the Desert Museum but we didn’t make it there. Have you ever been there? We were able to make it out to the Prima Air and Space Museum.

We thought this was where the graveyard was for old airplanes but it was not (and due to it being the weekend you were unable to visit the graveyard.) There were so many different planes to see we couldn’t see them all in a day! Niah loved playing in the command center. I think it was all the buttons and switches. He most likely would of stayed in there for a couple of hours talking to Star Command.

Imagination of a child at Prima Air and Space Museum | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Come in, Star Command

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera)

Letting his little imagination run wild he climbed into the seat of the jet airplane cabin where he discovered even more levers, switches, and buttons! This kid must have been on one crazy cool adventure in imagination land!

Imagination of a child at Prima Air and Space Museum | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Future pilot?

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera)

Needing a break from all the plane flying and commanding the command center we had a snack at the park that was there at the museum. The park faced rows and rows of airplanes lined up in the sand. Being the middle of the afternoon it was a little hot to be out there rolling a stroller through the sand under the hot desert sun.

Prima Air and Space Museum | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Stroller 0 – Sand 1

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera)

With only a short time left before nap time for Mr. Niah we checked out one last building, the space building.

Imagination of a child at Prima Air and Space Museum | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Astronat Niah…

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera) 

Imagination of a child at Prima Air and Space Museum | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Legos anyone?

(Taken with our mini Polaroid camera)

On the way out mom and dad had to pick up a pin of course for the “travel hat” and Niah got a noisy airplane like the one he saw in the museum.

A successful journey and fun day exploring.

Tucson, Day 2

With Starbucks coffee in hand we headed out downtown to explore the city of Tucson. We chose a street, parked the car (with free parking that day, WIN!), and loaded up Niah’s Umbrella stroller with all 6 of the cameras, a snack and some waters.

First stop, we found some cool street art. Definitely a cool art scene.

Street art | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, Arizona | theotherspoon.com

Street Art

(Taken with a refurbished Spectra Polaroid)

Many of the businesses were closed because we decided to explore on a Sunday unfortunately. The city wasn’t loud. It wasn’t too big. It felt just about right and brought with it a cool vibe. Anthony says he feels he could settle down there that’s how much he liked it. Me on the other hand I would need a little more convincing. My favorite place so far has been Asheville, NC. (Did you miss our trip to Asheville? You can read about it later here.)

Dinner that night consisted of Popeyes. I know really healthy right? They were about to close so we got all this food for like $5. Yes, still gross, I know. It was one of those nights where we were just tired and had no energy left to find a cool local spot! I wish we could have. Where are your favorite local spots to eat in Tucson, I would love to know for next time?

Popeye's Chicken for dinner at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ | Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Tucson, AZ | theotherspoon.com

Popeye’s for the win

(Taken with a refurbished Spectra Polaroid)

Tomorrow consists of an early rise and a quick trip to our next stop only 2 ½ hours North. See you in the morning!

 

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