Posted by: JJ | April 12, 2008

Day 4 – Lost in the 50’s

You can’t help but to love this place, I mean the Shady Dell Trailer Park. The owners are down right friendly; we got a tour of every restored, retro, 1950’s trailer in here. They were all a sight to see, the wood interiors, retro pattern curtains, old set TVs and record players along with Frigidaire’s and plastic grass at the doorstep. Right away, we knew we were going to stay another night. Old Bisbee was still yet to be explored and we just hadn’t have enough of this tiny preservation of the past, the very inspiration of our journey, the classic American road trip.  It’s all about living on the road, driving through towns, succumbing to the great mountain ranges and the wide-open deserts and meeting the characters, all of which create the patchwork of America.


First stop, Dots Diner. It was kinda late already as we spent the morning touring the park. So Dennis had Lunch and I had breakfast. It was cool, yet another trailer, only this one was retrofitted into a 50’s diner. It had eight seats and we all sat around the bar together watching the cooks. The food was good and fresh.

For the rest of the afternoon we hung out in the park, watched the birds and snapped more photos.  We also had the pleasure of meeting Philip Varney, a travel writer and photographer for Arizona highways magazine, and the Discovery Channel. He was great to chat with and he also suggested some areas in New Mexico for us to visit.

Later in the afternoon, we headed into Old Bisbee to see the town. We read that Old Bisbee was the largest town between St. Louis and San Francisco at the turn of the century. It boasted extremely successful mining and even had it’s own stock exchange. The town looks like a little, old European town; built on the side of a mountain. It has wonderful architecture reminiscent of the more wealthy areas around 1900. It has recently attracted the artist/ bohemian types (I can dig that!) who have put a little flavor into the rustic backdrop of Old Bisbee. With ghost tours and old hotels, art galleries, theater and restaurants you can spend a few days here easily taking in the diverse sights and people.


The town is relatively quiet and no cops to be found; I imagine they’re the type to take the law into their own hands when necessary? So, Dennis found a few skate spots, and I tried my hand at skate photography.  (SEE HIS POST ABOUT THE SPOTS BELOW)

An older, bearded guy gave us thumbs up while passing by and later another older man, claiming to be in his 70’s asked Dennis if he was too YOUNG to be skateboarding! He  then told us that he skates too. Pretty funny characters here, just flat out nice and embraced anyone enjoying life. My kind of people!

We watched the sun go down that sprinkle the last droplets of light onto the rooftops that nestle in the mountainside.  This picture doesn’t do this sight justice, it was amazing to see all the little porch lights at dusk that glittered throughout the town.

We had Dinner at Santiago’s, a Mexican food place right down town. They had fortune tacos? Dennis says it’s his best meal yet, I think the spicy tacos got to his head!


Returning home to our aluminum palace on wheels, we took photos of the moon from our front porch.


One night turned into two and if we could we’d stay another but they’re booked.  Dang! Somehow we got lost in the 50’s I guess?

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  1. You guys really should have taken next years christmas card here!

  2. i wish i was lost in the 50’s too. looks like my cup of tea. don’t get anymore tickets.
    xoxoxox mom

  3. Great Christmas Card re-do material FOR SURE!

    oh and hey mom, I thought you’ve been lost in the 50’s for the last, well… 50 years!? 🙂

  4. YOUR MOM ISN’T LOST. SHE KNOWS XACERY WHERE SHE IS – JUST CAN’T OR WONT MOVE ON. THAT’S WHY I LOVE HER. WELL AT LEAST ONE OF THE REASONS!

    LOOKS LIKE YPO’RE HAVING A GREAT TIME!

    CHARLIE LOPEZ


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