Last Day in Arizona

San Xavier del Bac Mission

San Xavier del Bac Mission

We decided to head out on the motorcycles to visit some of the historical sites in the area. Our first stop was the San Xavier del Bac Mission just outside of Tucson. The present Church was completed in 1797.  The San Xavier Mission is acclaimed by many to be the finest example of mission architecture in the United States. It is a graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance architecture, yet the blending is so complete it is hard to tell where one type begins and another ends (proudly plagerized from the website).

Titan II Missile

Titan II Missile

Our next stop was the Titan II Missile Museum. This museum houses the only remaining Titan II Missile in its actual launch silo. There were originally 54 sites housing silos with Titan II Missiles, 18 in Arizona. These missiles were created during the Cold War as a retaliatory weapon in the event the Soviet Union launched nuclear missiles at the US. The purpose of these weapons was for them to serve as a deterrent and maintain the peace, because if they were ever fired there would have been Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). 

Kim launches the missile

Kim launches the missile

During the tour, the guide explains the extensive steps for activation.  Kim was chosen to turn the key and launch the missile during the demonstration.

On Friday we are traveling to Joshua Tree National Park in California.  Chances are good that we will not have cell/internet service… We will update as soon as we get to civilization.

6 Responses to “Last Day in Arizona”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    That ‘s my baby girl destroy the entire uncivilized world and make mommy proud!

    Titan II Missile Museum, looks more like a Grade B 1950’s sci-fi movie. The deck from the original Star Trek series was way cooler and looked more real. God help us all. You did say Museum no nuclear heads attached?

    Have fun in Joshua tree and give Gary a big hug from us.

    Love & Hugs
    mom & Chris

  2. Debbie says:

    Alfred E. Newman and Dr. Strangelove would be proud of you but for the sake of civilization, please stay away from the nuclear launch codes!

  3. admin says:

    Hi Deb,

    I promise:) Hope you are staying warm!


  4. admin says:


    One again lol… You are cracking us up:)

    Love Ya

  5. June says:

    Isn’t is a powerful feeling being in the hot seat. Where is your pink helmet?


  6. admin says:

    Hi June,

    I was just thinking about you. Hope all is well in Terlingua… They only made Chris wear a helmet because he is so freakishly tall. There were no pink ones or I would have anyway 🙁

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