Our Tucson History
Cindy and I worked on Tank Girl together way back in 1994. The majority of it shot in Tucson, actually a bit south of Tucson in an old copper mine. We were working mostly on exteriors during a summer where for over 35 days it hit 105F each and every day.
It was a tough show and I saw very little of Tucson. My days would consist of waking up before the sun, driving to said copper mine, working for 13-14 hours and then heading back as the sunset to shower and fall fast asleep. Cindy was able to see a little bit more of the town and ended many a day with the art dept at the Cup, a restaurant in the old town of Tucson.
Many years later, Skye and I drove through Tucson and went to the Biosphere and checked out the Ostrich farm/tourist attraction of Rooster Cogburn. The Biosphere was educational and pretty amazing and couldn't be more PC. The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm was a goofy, crazy roadside attraction guilty pleasure.
Guess which one we returned to?
We barely made it to our old favorite roadside attraction, pulling in a few minutes before 5pm on a cold Monday.
They were closing in half an hour so we had to be quick about it.
The Ostrich are certainly the main event at Rooster Cogburn, however before you get to them you have to go through a gauntlet of feedings of furry friends in some of the strangest and most contrived situations.
You start with feeding little donkeys, and then deer and goats and then some more goast and then...
I'm just gonna throw up a bunch of pictures and let the viewer sort it out, part out of laziness, part out of running out of time, and part out of the whole picture worth a thousand words.
and Other Birds
It's sometimes amazing that ostrich are actually birds. They look more like dinosaurs.
Feeding them takes a bit of nerves and I got my hand nipped when I tried to hand feed one out of a cup.
After playing with the raptors for a bit, we moved into the Lorakeet house with our little cups of nectar. Cindy was their favorite and got swarmed like she was Tippi from The Birds.
World of Rocks
We're fortunate to have a good friend who moved to Tucson to hang out with and serve as tour guide.
He took us to the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, which is the largest of its kind in the US and the second biggest in the world.
We went to one of the many venues and was wowed with the sheer enormity of the event and blown away with how many rocks, gems and "other" related and not so related things there were.
The last time we went to the Ostrich farm, they had egg shells, but not any eggs for eating. This time however was a different matter. They did have them.
It was oh so exciting. One big ol' ostrich egg is equal to about 2 dozen chicken eggs.