Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tucson and Marana

Events in this post Occurred in October 2007.

We moved into the Prince of Tucson RV Park on Wednesday, October 3rd. The space rental was $27 per night, so we spent Thursday looking for a cheaper place to reside. We were going to be in the area for a while and Kathi was not happy. It was too hot and we had to get the base plate replaced on our Jeep. The only saving grace was the fact that they had a lot of restaurants to choose for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

We were in town to attend a Datastorm Satellite Dish rally at Beaudry RV in Tucson on Sunday, October 21st. Kathi was not looking forward to spending three hot weeks in Tucson and I agreed with her, but we had already paid to attend the rally and I wanted to see if I could learn more about our internet satellite dish. Mostly I wanted to talk with other dish owners and get an idea if they had problems similar to problems we had with dish alignment.

Friday we moved again, this time to the Valley of the Sun Trailer and RV Park in Marana, AZ. Marana was about 25 miles north and west from Tucson right along I-10. The daily rate at the valley was $28, but they had a weekly rate that was only $133 with our Good Sam discount. That was a livable price and we were happy to move into their park. The front part of their park was all trailers and the RV section was at the very back. We had a tree shading part of our motorhome and still got good satellite reception, so we were happy campers.

Saturday we drove through the Saguaro National Park. The park is divided into two sections on the east and west sides of Tucson. The east side is known as the Rincon Mountain District and the highlight is a loop called Cactus Forest Drive. The Saguaro cactus give the park its name. The western portion is known as the Tucson Mountain District and is known for the petroglyphs of the Hohokam people that resided there prior to 1450. We mostly enjoyed the drive through to see the beautiful cactus growing everywhere along the loop.

We awoke Sunday morning to cool temperatures. It was about 60 degrees inside our motorhome. What a pleasant surprise. We drove to Oro Valley which is a community of about 40,000 people just north of Tucson. Kathi loved to look at all the adobe houses and everything looked new. Unfortunately, there was almost no grass. It really was a desert community. We scouted around until we found the Desert Diamond Casino and of course had to go in and try our luck. We were having enough fun to spend the afternoon. Even on bad days Kathi found the slot machines fun, just fun for shorter periods of time.

We spent the next few days around the house. We got our laundry done and moved some dust around inside, but I guess real cleaning would wait until we got to a place that had grass. We were just killing time, but we were together. That was good enough for me.

Click on pictures to enlarge them. These two desert scenes are actually from New Mexico.





2 comments:

  1. What great pictures! I had forgotten Arizona has mountainous terrain. I always think of, as you said, desert communities and Adobe houses. Every time I go through there I wonder why everyone does there house in Adobe style. You would think they would mix it up.

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  2. What great pictures! I had forgotten Arizona has mountainous terrain. I always think of, as you said, desert communities and Adobe houses. Every time I go through there I wonder why everyone does there house in Adobe style. You would think they would mix it up.

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