Playing Tourist in my backyard and a visit from The Bro’d Trip.

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It all started with a message on Facebook from Justin saying that he and his brother Adam would be coming through Tucson on their way to California, but Before I get into our weekend of fun let me first tell you a little about the Bro’d Trip.

The Bro’d Trip started like any adventure with a simple idea and grew into an obsession. Justin quit his job in banking and Adam just graduated from college. They had saved up some money, sold their cars put some stuff in storage and purchased a van. Justin and Adam spent a couple of months getting the van ready for the road by turning it into a home, gear storage closet and bachelor pad. Their journey began early January 2016 and their goal is to visit all 50 states within the year. They have been blogging and vlogging about their adventure on their trip Bro’d Trip website as well as their own personal websites.

I have known Justin for a couple of years now and we had “met” via social media. We had communicated many times over the years and have been following each others adventures. This would be the first time our paths crossed in real life.

I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out the best places to show them around Tucson that would give them enough to want to get them to come back in the future. We had two very large problems who were invading the area in preparation for Arizona’s “Super Tuesday”. Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump were going to be “down town” all weekend which turned out to have created quite the mess for those attending and even those just trying to go about their normal lives.

A plan was formed and I waited for them to arrive. Only a few days before they were to arrive I received a message from the guys saying that their check engine light had come on and they needed to have it checked out. They managed to get it all taken care of but wound up on Albuquerque of all places to get the part they needed.


Fremont Street in Tombstone.

Saturday we headed to the Wild West and visited the iconic spots in Tombstone Arizona. Tombstone known as the “Town too Tough to die”. A mining town known for its tough cowboys and outlaws. Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holiday stood their ground against the Clantons.

The town is full of history and is a fully functioning town with full time residents who allow tourists to come walk the wooden plank sidewalks and enjoy cold libations in the saloons. You can also visit several museums and tours as well.

We spent several hours wandering around the streets, browsing through the shops, learning in the museums, and enjoying a cold beer in the Crystal Palace. I had visited Tombstone when I was 7 or 8 on a family trip and most of Tombstone had not changed in much in 25 years. It was of course smaller than I remembered it being.  As the sun was low on the horizon we headed south to Bisbee.

Bisbee is an old mining town built on the the side of the mountains. A quaint touristy town with a rich history is known for its dining, breweries, and odd shops. You can take a tour of the local mine if you get there earlier than we did.


Brews and Tired Faces.

We spent the rest of the evening enjoying beer from one of the local breweries and then BBQ from a very interesting saloon.  If you happen to see Justin and Adam on their trip make sure to ask them about the weird bathroom in Bisbee. We headed home early to prepare for another full day of adventures in the sun tomorrow.

Sunday morning we woke up early and hit the road to visit Saguaro National Park (west). Justin and Adam wanted to see tall Saguaro cacti and this is the place to find them.


Saguaro National Park!

The morning and early afternoon were spent wandering around in the sun taking photos of the views, cacti, flowers, and each other taking photos. A common theme of discussion for the whole weekend was how did people survive and live back in the days of the “Wild West”. There is hardly any water, no trees for wood, harsh weather, and plants and animals that are always trying to kill you. The desert can be so incredibly quiet that it is both eerie and peaceful all at the same time.  One can spend days out here and not see it all but sadly we were on a short timeline and needed to get back home.


On our way home we stopped for lunch. A trip to Tucson is not complete unless you have a Sonoran hot dog. A bacon wrapped hot topped with all kinds of delicious toppings. To know what all is in it you just have to come to Tucson and try one. The Sonoran hot dog is named after the Sonoran desert in which it was invented. A true stable of Tucson that is a famous as a Philly Cheese steak is in Philadelphia or BBQ is in Kansas City. They are very hard to explain and you just have to try them.


Justin (left) and Adam (right) in front of their van.

Sunday evening was spent doing laundry, working, and just chatting about blogging, life, and adventures. We all headed to bed pretty early. I had work in the morning and Justin and Adam were headed to California. Adam an avid surfer was having withdrawals from the waves and needed some surf time.  It was a great weekend and so very glad that they were able to spend the weekend.


To learn more about the Bro’d Trip Please visit their website. Justin’s blog The Weekend Warrior and Adam’s Blog Adam Fricke Photography provide a different individual perspective of their trip plus other fun stories and great photos.

To see more photos from the weekend check out my Tombstone and Bisbee gallery and the Saguaro National Park (West) gallery.


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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