Last week my friend Joe and I attended ConsimWorld's Expo wargaming convention. (For a complete brief on the convention itself, see my previous post):
The convention was held at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area:
One of the nice things about this resort was the pool, pictured below. (The second thing I liked about this place was the small fitness room, which I used every morning!) Joe and I would take a break and bring his daughter to splash around in the water before we headed out for lunch.
This year the convention took place from 26-31 May. Last Friday (29 May), Joe and I took a break from the gaming tables and went on a road trip to visit Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca.
Joe went through training and was at one time or anther, stationed at Ft Huachuca during his Army career. More importantly, his daughter was born there. So it was a good opportunity for her to see her place of birth.
The drive took 3 hours in a car Joe rented. He was amazed at how much development has occured along the route in what was once a barren desert. We arrived around lunchtime and ate at a Sonic drive-thru. One Sonic drive-thru recently opened in Puyallup, WA and the lines have been enourmous. So we decided to see what the fuss was about. We felt it was typical fast-food and not worth waiting in line with the engine running.
After lunch we drove around Sierra Vista, which has also grown since Joe's tour-of-duty. Joe took pictures of his daughter in and around the town's hospital where she was born along with swinging by the house they lived in.
After that we drove up to Carr's Peak in the Huachuca Mountains where Joe liked to hike.
I actually had to put sunscreen on during our drive because I was getting singed even when in the car!
The Huachuca Mountains are high enough and are in the path of prevailing winds to cause the formation of rain clouds on a regular basis. As a result, at a casual glance, it doesn't look like you're in a desert because the mountains are filled with pine trees. A nearby peak as seen along our drive.
Looking southeast (I think):
The next three photos are various shots looking down on Sierra Vista:
One last picture looking down on the valley: