Our Road Trip to Austin

We have been residents of Austin for a week now, and so far it has been really good. We like our new home and environment, and I look forward to sharing our new discoveries soon. I know this post is not a real-time update on our travels, but I now have some time to share the details of our road trip en route to Austin.

Part I

The first stop we made was in Scottsdale, Arizona. As we were leaving for our second stop in New Mexico, we decided to make a detour — to make a stop into Tombstone first. We wanted to see the small and haunted western town in the flesh, and to step back into history — to 1881, the year when the O.K. Corral Gunfight had occurred.

If you don’t know about the gunfight, the story briefly goes like this: Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday had confronted the Clantons and McLauries (the “criminals”) in a vacant lot behind the O.K. Corral. The 30-second gunfight killed the McLaury brothers and Bill Clanton. Ike Clanton cowardly got away. If you’ve seen the movie Tombstone, you’ll know that Doc Holliday is quite the shooter. If we hadn’t seen the site ourselves with the life-size figures stationed at the exact spots those men had stood back in October 1881, we never would have known that they were so close in proximity during the gunfight. We’re amazed any of them had survived at all!

Entering the lot of O.K. Corral

These are the exact standing spots of the men during gunfight.

Doc Holliday’s room, which is the building right next to the gunfight. This is Big Nose Kate, Holliday’s girlfriend looking out during the shootout.

Before hitting the road again, I wanted to visit the Birdcage Theatre. Like the O.K. Corral, this theatre is known to be haunted and may be even more active than the O.K. Corral. Ghost Adventures investigated both spots in 2009, and they just investigated Birdcage again recently. Both times, the GA crew have documented good paranormal evidence.

Inside the theatre, but only in the front entrance. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to take a tour.

Part II

Leaving Arizona to New Mexico

While in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we visited the old town Mesilla where Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang. The very courthouse that he was tried at is now a gift shop. Unfortunately, we were heading out of New Mexico in the morning and the shop did not open until noon so we didn’t get to explore the building inside.

Another interesting thing I saw — Nick missed it because he was driving — was the biggest chili in the world. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stop and take a picture of it.

Part III

This last leg of the trip heading to Austin was the longest. But despite it being longer in distance, the time it took to get out of LA and California ended up being longer because of the horrendous traffic. That is something we will not miss about LA!

On the road to Texas, we never hit traffic as we were the only car on the road with trucks. Miles and miles across empty land, we felt isolated. At one point we were beneath hovering rain clouds. At the end of it, we saw part of a rainbow, and shortly after we were right back into sunshine again. Tumbleweeds rolled in front of the car, and Nick dodged one with a quick maneuver of the steering wheel. The one interesting roadside attraction I missed with the camera was the large sculpture of cowboys as we entered Fort Stockton, Texas.

First stop in Texas: El Paso. Nick had lived here shortly when he was a toddler. We stopped to the side of the freeway to observe Mexico and the border. It is so different over there.

On the road again, heading deeper into west Texas.

A stop to refill gas and I saw this sign…quite contrary to what I would call my own restaurant if I had one.

We both have never seen an 80 Speed Limit sign. I played this game of trying to shoot the perfect shot for miles until I finally scored on this one.

We had to stop for this shot after gassing up again. This was the last shot before darkness took over, and before arriving to Austin late evening.

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