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DAY 67: TUCSON, AZ TO ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Our sixty-seventh day of ID.4 touring commenced in Tucson, AZ. We encountered a black beetle that was only one of many in Arizona. The Pinacate Beetle finds salvation throughout the warm deserts and intermontane valleys of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. There was a truck hauling cacti to be planted as decoration somewhere in the desert city. We then paid a visit to Saguaro National Park. The 92,000 acre park gets its name from the Saguaro, a large cactus that is native to the Sonoran Desert and that does not grow naturally elsewhere. Continuing east, we were able to see the many different types of cacti that grow in Arizona. The state has over 80 species of cacti with an estimated 2 million being Saguaros. We drove through many fields of the succulents, getting quite a taste of the amazing nature. Travelling on the Interstate 10 highway, we saw billboards advertising the historic town of Tombstone, AZ. For over 135 years, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has captured the imagination of filmmakers, historians, and novelists. We arrived in “The Town Too Tough To Die”, and were instantly transported into the old American southwest. Full of everything old west, the town was complete with cowboys and western city-folk. In the historic town, stands an 8 foot tall statue of Wyatt Earp. He was a gambler and Old West lawman who actually lived in Tombstone and took part in the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. We got a great photo of a couple superb cowboys next to the ID.4. A Morgan Silver Dollar coin from 1881 was shown to us by one of the cowboys. The silver coins were minted from 1878 to 1904. There was a mural of an old-style locomotive that was powered by steam. Next, we arrived in New Mexico. We were welcomed by a golden sign with Chili peppers painted on it. An amazing rock formation on the side of the highway featured some really cool precarious boulders, which are naturally occurring geological formations featuring a large rock or boulder resting on other rocks. We ended the day next to some brightly lit, pink statues that gave the ID.4 a nice pink tint in the night. 

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