April 2006: For Andrew's Birthday Reachel surprised him with a mystery vacation. He didn't know where they were going until they got there. South East Arizona, 20 miles past Tombstone near the border of Mexico you'll
find an old mining town called Bisbee. Until the great depression it
was the biggest city between Mississippi and San Francisco. It's a
tightly packed town with tall buildings, narrow winding roads and
alleys reminiscent of Europe. The entire city is a historic
district with most of its buildings dating back to the turn of the
century. The city almost became a ghost town in the 70's due to lay offs
at the mines, but was saved by the hippies. Hooray!!
Now the city is a romantic get away/art community. Lots of art galleries, antique stores, and diners. To make the experience complete Reachel reserved
accommodations at the famous Shady Dell (www.theshadydell.com) Featured in Budget Living and Bride Magazine, it's a trailer park of
nostalgic 1950's airstream trailers. All of them are original or
faithfully restored. They include record players, B&W TV's, antique
dishes, and decorations. Every drawer you open had a nostalgic surprise: vintage photo albums, yellowed stationary, antique coasters. There's even an
original 1957 Diner Trailer onsite.
The first night, they arrived to the crooning sound of Frank Sinatra's
"Love & Marriage" singing on a vintage record player in the famous
Honey Mooners Airstream. Night 2 they lounged on the Tiki Bus and watched
"Bringing Up Baby" with Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant on a 12 inch
Black and White Television.
One of Andrew's favorite aspects of the trip was the price. They couldn't think of a better place to dine out. Every meal they ate was
fantastic and surprisingly inexpensive. They even had enough money left
over to attend the locally produced "Bisbee Ore Bust" musical comedy.
Notice the Picture of Reachel with a mouse on her head, more amazing is
the mouse on top of the cat on top of the dog. They asked the Hippie how
he trained the classic arch enemies to do this and in hippie wisdom he said "animals are easy, people are the ones that have a hard time getting along." Sage wisdom from a man that hadn't showered since the turn of the century.