I took a run out to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It's the biggest gem show in the world. Unless you've been there, there is no way to give you the scale and sheer mass of the place.
On the way I had a four-hour layover in Los Angeles. I figured I'd have a lovely, leisurely lunch. Nope. It's not at all like the Minneapolis airport with lots of restaurants and shopping.
But I did find this "Pet relief area" and spent quite a bit of time there.
It's actually built somehow to be outside even though you're still inside the airport. That little patch of green is fake grass, the rest was concrete. I found the poop bag station amusing.
I met my sister-in-law in Tucson. We rented an Airbnb place at the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It was worth the little extra driving for these views. This was taken from the back deck of the apartment.
The place was a guest cottage built above a horse stable. They had 13 horses along with a couple of friendly dogs who swung by to visit.
If you ever want a fantastic place to stay in Tucson, send me a note and I'll give you the details of how to find this one. It was the best Airbnb place I've ever stayed.
Now on to the show. There are miles and miles of shows. I personally touched tens of thousands of stones while I was there. You know the stones talk to me, so I have to touch them to see if they should come home with me.
These birds were spectacular - carved out of amethyst and crystals.
Slices of amethyst.
I was on the lookout for smaller stuff. But it's still so inspiring and magnificent to see this.
The first piece I made called out to me even before I was off the plane. More on the way!