Saturday, October 4, 2008

Trek to Tubac!

There aren't any beaches in Arizona, but it's still a great place to explore! One Saturday morning last November, we got up early and headed to Tubac, Arizona. It's a two hour trip south from our house. Tubac's located just north of the Mexican border, and was founded in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort). It was the first Spanish garrison in what is now the state of Arizona and one of the stops on the Camino Real that led from Mexico to Spanish settlements in California. Today, galleries, other shops, and restaurants occupy many of the old homes and buildings. It's a fun place to look at Mexican folkart, buy pots, have lunch, and explore the historic sites. Since the town is situated in a high desert area surrounded by mountains, the temps are cooler here in the summer and winter. I always LOVE a chance to put on some fleece!

This is not my video, but one I found on YouTube. It gives a more complete view of the village than my pictures. (There's a slight political slant, but it'll give you a good overall feel for the town.)

Here are some of my photos from the trip!

The Old Presidio Tubac

Small Chapel/Shrine

Really cool pots! Notice the pig shaped barbecue!

Cool Gallery Door!

Presidio Window


These benches out in front of this house look like sofas!

Another Cool Door!

Prickly Pear Cactus

This shop, La Cucaracha Tubac, is one of my favorites. In addition to the cool pots, fountains, and ironwork they display outside, they also have a huge selection of beautiful hand-carved furniture, hardward trimmings for the house, Mexican folklore including Day of the Dead artwork, etc... It's pretty amazing.

This shop towards the back of the old town area also carries a large selection of pots, chimineas, fountains, etc... Here are some of my Tubac purchases.

There are also several old missions in the area that we didn't have time to explore, so I'm planning my return tour! Someday soon!


Islaholic Trixie said...

Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Love the "couch" benches.

Sue said...

I have a pottery luminary from Tubac. I drove down from Tucson one January - the year they got snow (1997?). Ask around, I'm sure the locals remember the snow.

Anyway, I am a sucker for pottery, chimineas, firepits; it's all so beautiful to me. Thanks for posting those pics, brings back good memories.

Jenny said...

Sounds like a good girls' day trip!

Beck said...

Brenda, I need to make another trip down soon and take even more pictures. Maybe I can get Jenny to ride along! We just need to set the date and go! And Sue, I'm a sucker for almost anything they sell in Tubac! I could use some new pots!