Friday, January 25, 2013

Return to Tucson

Yesterday

 

Arrived back at Casino del Sol last night.   



Yesterday began with a productive morning of household chores in Mesa – dumped the tanks, filled up with water and gas, and even sanitized the gray and black water tanks.  Stopped at Wal-Mart for provisions and at Sally Beauty Supply for a bottle of the No-Rinse Shampoo that fellow-blogger Carolyn likes so much. 

Stopped about half-way between Mesa and Tucson in order to tour the Casa Grande Ruins.  This National Monument preserves a pre-Columbian village inhabited by the Hohokam Indians.  I spent an elucidating afternoon touring the site set in the vast Sonoran desert. 

The Big House is the impressive centerpiece. 



One upper window directly aligns with the sun during the Summer Solstice – a southwestern Stonehenge!  The museum is excellent and, as usual, I most enjoyed a glimpse into the daily life of these prehistoric people. 

Ancient housewares

Dutiful Morning

 

I finally read my Onan Generator Owner’s Manual (the result of no TV out in the desert?) and discovered the recommendation for changing the generator oil after the first 20 hours of use.  I'm at 32 hours, so today I returned to the efficient and friendly folks at Freedom RV (who, gratis, diagnosed my water pump non-issue two weeks ago).  They changed the oil and also lubricated the antenna crank gears. 

My next stop was a nearby Camping World where I bought a 25-foot 30-amp extension cord for a great price: $22.99 (discounted from $49.99).  I got the last one on the shelf.  Thanks to TexCyn for letting me know about that sale!

Rootin’ Tootin’ Afternoon

Though I hadn’t planned it, I stopped at Old Tucson Studios and spent a fun afternoon back in the Wild West.  (I gained entrance with another unsolicited “senior rate”.  What is up with that?). 

10-gallon hat atop a 15 gallon-head


It was a blast!  The site served as a movie set for over 300 films, TV shows, and commercials. 



I thought it would just be exterior sets, but the town has insides too.  



We got a lesson in sherrifin'


You do feel as though you are in territorial Arizona. 



Mountain backdrops provided by Nature


So, even if you are not in the market for a John Wayne lunchbox or never wanted to see Clint Eastwood’s pants, it’s a fun journey into the past.  With plenty of simulated violence!    



Treated myself to some mighty good post-gunfight Sasparilla.

Not sure how long I’ll hang around Tucson.  This is the first trip in my life when I had no concrete plans and no deadlines.  In the words of Watergate co-conspirator John Erlichman, I’m doing a modified-limited hangout. 



Everyone says the Desert Museum is a must-see.  I would also like to see Kitt Peak and the western unit of Saguaro National Park.  I hope to hook-up with the Good Luck Ducks as well. 

Tomorrow morning is the weekly $9 breakfast buffet at the casino.  I’ll decide what to do after my unmodified-unlimited pig-out. 

What a great way to live!

23 comments:

  1. heh .. Clint Eastwood's pants? well? until the empty chair routine at the RNC ... I would've liked to have paid a visit.. hahaa

    Ah the having no plans ... good stuff. make none. just get up in the morning and make a wrong turn form where you thought you were going to turn. course making a turn in the desert could end you up on a duneberry hill. ... BUT maybe you'll find your thrill ...

    John read your blog?

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    1. Oh yes, he reads but doesn't comment. One of these days I'm going to insist that he write a 'guest post' so people can know he really exists.

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  2. RV'ing is a great life. Looks like you are having fun.

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    1. It is great! There is a touch of unreality about it at the moment but ..... I am having a blast!

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  3. Great post! Really elucidating!!! really.

    Love following your adventures with Quartzsite and the southwest winter!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! I'm so glad you are following along!

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  4. You and Annie are in negotiations, right? That means we'll be seeing you during your limited engagement here!

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    1. We are close to reaching an agreement. Can't wait!

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  5. I am having so much fun reading your adventures! Good score on that cord too :-)

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    1. Thanks Cyn! I'm so glad this all came together when I was within 1/2 mile of a Camping World. Back home, the closest one is over 2 hours away.

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  6. Desert Museum is a must. Go at this time of year. My friend and I went in May and it was furnace-blasting hot.

    What is it with the Wild West and sarsaparilla? When we were in Nevada, we went to Virginia City and had a sarsaparilla while overlooking the Million Dollar View from the saloon of the same name.

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  7. Reading your blog post makes me wish I could start my journey tomorrow. Patience I know. I do enjoy your post. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. In Arizona the semmi-official age of senior is 55 so...a really great book is These is my Words "The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901" by Nancy E. Turner...you will enjoy enjoy it.

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  9. We loved old Tucson - spent an entire day there. The Desert Museum is awesome - do that if you can. I'd love to go out there again but not in the summer like we did the last time! Glad you're enjoying the "no schedule" traveling.

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  10. We do love Tucson!
    Kit Peak is a great place to see all the big hardware they use to see the night and day sky. Their Sun scope is a nifty invention. You can see Mexico from the top.
    The University downtown by the park, has a big telescope and has free nights where a smart person will speak of fascinating things and then let everyone look at about 4 amazing sights. It is the best I have ever seen Saturn and is FREE.
    A giant aircraft museum and the place old planes go to die is on the South side of town, but I bet you would enjoy the last living cave more. It is climate controlled with airlocks and beautiful to see. It is near Ajo and the Mission and the only Titan Cold War museum. The West side SNP has a lot of beautiful things to see and is a good destination after the tiny, but informative Desert Museum. Make sure to see the big kitty and also the flying Hawk demonstration. I can't wait to get back to Tombstone and Bisbee early March. There is also a fun restaurant near Kobe and Taqaverre roads on the North side of town. It is set up like a wild west town and has shoot outs and candy stores to keep you busy until you decide to eat a wonderful steak. If you enjoy a good Filet then this is the place. Shady looking folks with big guns stop by your table to make sure you are enjoying their good cooking. Enjoy Tucson, it has more than this to offer.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tom and Kathy for giving me this great info.

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  11. I've been to Casa Grande...it is really cool. The day we were there (maybe 8 years ago) there was a huge owl sitting up in the rafters of that roof over the house.

    If you are in Tucson check out a park that is in a ravine of sorts...you can get a ride up to the top of the mountain and then walk down all or part of it. IT's really beautiful and worth stopping by. I wish I could remember the name of it. I'll go online and see if I can find the name. It's either a park or a natural museum, something like that. Really fun.

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  12. Ok here it is: Sabino Canyon....http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60950-d209268-Reviews-Sabino_Canyon-Tucson_Arizona.html.

    Also, this is REALLY cool too..I think it's in Tucson, http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60950-d108867-Reviews-Arizona_Sonora_Desert_Museum-Tucson_Arizona.html

    Each of these could take you a good part of a day.

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  13. Well DUH...if I'd read to the very bottom of your post I'd see you already heard about the Desert Museum. It is definitely a MUST SEE! :) But the canyon is very very cool too.

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  14. Kim, It's like you were born for this life-style !

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  15. Have enjoyed reading your blog entries for this trip. I am considering a similar trip in my RT to AZ next year (would leave from FL). How has the weather been for traveling? It sounds like you encountered some cold / below freezing weather in TX. Did you need to winterize during the trip? I was thinking of doing it in March to get warmer weather. If you did it again would you go in Jan or later? Thanks.
    Jim

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    1. Hi JDawg,

      Glad you are following along! Weather is an issue again today here in Bisbee. Today's high was 38 with 20+ MPH winds - downright unpleasant. They got snow here last night!

      I think I would come in March as you are planning. Maybe these are just some freak cold snaps we've been getting but it's getting old.

      I did not winterize for this trip. I've had probably 5 nights with below-freezing temps (6 after tonight) and haven't had a problem. But I think it's because the lows don't stay long and temps warm up pretty quickly when the sun comes up. On those nights, I've run the furnace and left the cabinets open. From what I can tell, these RTs are well-insulated. Maybe cause they are made in Canada? :-]

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