Marching through Spring & Tucson

Where has the time gone? It seemed like a few days ago I was blogging in the New Year, soon after I returned from Tucson in early February and it’s mid March now!  Here’s my much belated update on my Gem Show trip:

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Unpacking after my trip to Tucson made me think about how many miles I walked that week.  I’ll bet there is an app on my smart phone for that.  It’s unusual to be on your feet for 6 days straight from 10:00am until 7:00pm.  Granted the pace is slow, and the right walking shoe is paramount.  This year I counted 37 venues in the Tucson Show Guide, of which we visited 16.  Quite a few are termed, ‘mineral & fossil’ shows, and there are plenty of raw specimens, fossils, etc.  The African Art Village is a venue with art and beads.  The week is an amazing experience-very overwhelming and exhilarating too.  So hard to fall asleep each night, with visions of gems in my head swimming around.

Here’s a peek into some of the things we came across, and some of the food we enjoyed–all Mexican of course!  We did take one side trip to a few art galleries, where the Tucson Sculpture Festival was being shown. The Whistle Stop Depot, a reworked train depot along the  tracks at 127 West 5th Street, and the Sculpture Resource Center, 640 North Stone Ave. 

 

Whistle Depot was made almost entirely of re-purposed materials.  The main door came from an airplane. 

One wall is composed of toilet tops embedded in concrete. 

wall of toilet tops

wall of toilet tops

The bathrooms were unique and had lots of metal and copper. 

Corrugated metal surround the mirrors. 

The sculpture exhibit featured  re-purposed art.  I apologize for not keeping a log of artists who were showing there! 

At the Sculpture Resource Center nearby the other half of the Tucson Sculpture Festival was happening.  Love this piece for all its texture!

This small gallery had an outside sculpture garden as well.

Back to the Whistle Stop Depot.  They had an entire orchestra made from metal–wish we could have heard the concert but did get a CD.

 

look inside this man....

look inside this man....

We decided to try the infamous “Sonoran Hotdog”.  A culinary treat-a hotdog wrapped in bacon, in a unique bread ‘boat’ piled with fresh onions, grilled onions, beans, tomato, mayo, mustard, and jalapeno sauce.  Reminded me of a Pinks hotdog from the famous stand in Hollywood.

could probably call our culinary picks in Tucson the “best dives to get great food”.  They are not fancy, but they are really good.  They are full of locals.  Our last favorite we go back to each year is Mariscos Chihuahua, for a dish I’ve not had outside of Tucson called “Camerones Culichi”  I found a guy on youtube making it once, it’s cream and chiles blended into a wonderful sauce for seafood.  We did try it one other place years ago but it was not as good.

pulley systems repurposed to open door

pulley systems repurposed to open door

corrugated mirror surrounds

corrugated mirror surrounds

We

did shorten our stay this year, as the more you shop–well, you know what I’m going to say–the more money you tend to spend! So once again, it was worth the trip, I found tons of new tools, beads, pearls, stones, etc. etc. to work with. 

 

orchestra made entirely of metal repurposed

orchestra made entirely of metal repurposed