Travel: Tucson, AZ

It’s great to travel and get a new perspective on life.  This past spring I journeyed west to the Sonoran desert city of Tucson, AZ, to attend an important  transportation broker conference.  While this was a business trip, the resort where I stayed is located in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the suburban town of Oro Valley, or “Gold” Valley.  The resort amenities and service were excellent, but the panoramic view of the city located in an alluvial plain, dotted with saguaro cacti and surrounded by mountain ranges was breath taking.

All day meetings aside, I accepted the invitation of a great bunch of transportation lawyers (yes, really!) and some of their other clients to dine at the famed El Charro Mexican Cafe, the oldest family-operated Mexican restaurant in the USA.  Named after the romantic “gentlemen horsemen” known as los charros of Mexico, the food is excellent and was recently visited by Andrew Zimmern of The Travel Channel.

With a history that includes stone-age peoples, Native Americans, Spanish Explorers, padres and gunfighters, there are many places to visit I did not have the chance to investigate.  Notable are the Biosphere2, the O.K. Coral, the Airplane Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the Mission San Xavier del Bac, and the Vatican Observatory.

To learn more about the colorful characters that shaped this city, consider the pictorial book Early Tucson (AZ) (Images of America)by author Anne I. Woosley.