Tucson - Picacho Peak - Buckeye, Arizona
A lengthy post to get caught up.....you've been warned.
Our rainy drive to Tucson is through the golden hills along Hwys 82 and 83. At over 5000 feet, the natural beauty is eye-popping. Like so much of this area of Arizona, we could see ourselves "landing" here when we eventually come off the road.
|Something we rarely see crossing the windshield.|
On our way to grab a late lunch Bill directs us to the ACE Hardware store he and Donnie stopped at when they came to Tucson earlier in the week. He's told me they have a larger fishing section than most sporting goods stores. Yep! The place is a huge surprise.
|One of five aisles overflowing with fishing stuff!|
|Yellow and red finches.|
|This is the largest Gambel's Quail I've ever seen.|
|The rain seems to have little effect on the feasting.|
|Best chicken and dumplings!|
Sunday we run errands and chill out at home. We have only 17 miles to travel on Monday, but with a rare 10:00 check-out, I contact Lazydays KOA (who has a posted 2:00 check-in) to see if we can come in early. They're good with 11:00 so we drive slowly. And separately.
Tuesday Bill is getting his first cold since retiring three years ago so he stays home to rest while Tessa and I make the 50 minute drive to the little border town of Tubac. I've seen wonderful blog posts of this artsy burg and want to see it for myself.
Under cloudy skies the variety of bright colors and muted tones make for a very enjoyable few hours of exploring. Having a small living space means I save lots of money not buying all the fabulous art, jewelry and furniture I would love to have!
|One of several paintings I'd love hanging in my home.|
|Something for everyone.|
|A happy herd of Javelina|
|Drought proof flora.|
|Turquoise inlaid mesquite chair - I doubt I'd care if it wasn't comfortable :-)|
|Even the cacti get creative in this artsy town.|
|Subtle and soft in a courtyard.|
|Rhyme by Sid Henderson. Isn't she stunning?|
|Made me laugh until I realized the last letter wasn't "E"....|
|Palo Verde colored trim.|
|The recent storm leaves a light dusting of snow on the surrounding mountains.|
|Jeeptopia. Wright's White stayed home when they walked over.|
|Tessa keeping an eye on me - Joe, Bill, Pam, Gay, John, Sue and Dave. It is definitely chilly out here!!|
|My substitute co-pilot.|
|Wonderful to be in the wide-open spaces again.|
|Desert orange gives us a beautiful show our first evening.|
|Red rock glows to the east.|
With names like Chuichu, Tat Momoli and Anagam, small tribal communities dot the route. We find a couple dirt roads to explore, and head home after several hours by ourselves.
|More Saguaros here than we saw in the national park.|
|Some of them have jobs. Like this guy who directs planes on the tarmac.|
|And this tree-trimmer.|
|Mountains surround us...|
|....on all sides.|
|I never tire of these desert vistas.|
On the way we stop at our friends' home in Tempe. It's the first time we've parked in a residential neighborhood - it's great that we fit!! David and Tina drive us to lunch where I forget to take a pic of them, again :-(
|Perfect that there's this long section without driveways across from their house!|
I run errands in Surprise, we have dinner with our friend Patty, and we take a day trip to Palo Verde in search of a grave stone.
|With just a memory from over 25 years ago, I finally find this old cemetery.|
|The family of my youngest son's father spent decades in this area. It was fun to actually find them!|
|Lots of alfalfa and cotton throughout the area.|
|One of the cleanest dairies I've ever seen. With queen-of-the-hill keeping watch.|
|This old concrete flow looks like a tree stump.|
We return to the truck stop and hook up the Jeep for our drive to Quartzsite. En route we learn the missing package is at the post office (we never learn why they didn't just deliver it to the house). Patty agrees to overnight it to our friends in Blythe - nice to be on a route where we know several people :-))))
It was fun to kill some time, and now we're off to Quartzsite where we'll attend the RV Dreams Boondocking Rally starting Monday.
Our first rally :-)))
|Okay! The last thing I want in any park is more speed bumps!!|