Friday, April 4, 2008

Arizona Rocks

Just a short post tonight, I am running on fumes… We did not do much today. We visited the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum…it rocked. Literally, there were tons of ricks there for your rock viewing enjoyment! It was actually pretty darned cool. I have been to the mining museum in Butte Montana, but this was actually pretty cool. I have also had the pleasure of visiting the Empire Mine in California, but, again, their gems and rocks did not quite add up. We saw several minerals that fluoresce,:
and then loads of copper minerals. Chalcopyrite, Chalcedony, and of course, native copper. No, there are no pennies doing a rain dance, it is simply pure copper found in nature. We saw one mineral that caught our attention: Bismuth, it was produced in a lab in Germany, but it was SO pretty. We bought some rocks and a piece of bismuth…picture of that may come later, if anyone is interested.

We found a Rubio’s Authentic Mexican Grill for lunch…a beer and some carnitas street tacos made for a very enjoyable lunch. It was just as good as we remembered. Here is a picture of the receipt because Cora would have been embarrassed if I had started taking pictures.
We wandered around the rest of the day. Being so familiar with the layout of the town, I had relatively little trouble finding my way around. A note to potential visitors, though: when a traffic sign says 65mph as a speed limit, it is likely that your fellow AZ drivers will mentally add 15 or even 20 miles per hour to it as a matter of course. Still, it is loads of fun. I can’t remember a vacation we have taken alone since we have been married that has had so many new things and has been SO fun. Phoenix and Arizona has been great to us.
I don’t know what we are doing tomorrow…maybe a hike…maybe we will find a gila monster or a snake…wish me luck!

1 comment:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

We do like driving fast around here...LOL>.
Have a Great Day..
LOVE the pictures..