Friends...together again

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Rincon Country East RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

From Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, we headed east to Tucson. I had only been there once a few years ago for a business meeting - overnight stay with no car and limited sightseeing. Jim had never been there.  We discovered that Tucson is a wonderful place to stay -- especially in February when the rest of the nation was being treated to colder than normal weather.

During our first week in Tucson, Patti Spear, one of my oldest (in terms of time - we are, of course, not really old!) and dearest friends escaped the relatively colder and wetter climes of Tallahassee to visit us.  It was wonderful to spend time with Patti again.  Our friendship has lasted since 1976 when we worked together in Quincy FL, a small town a half hour west of Tallahassee.  Once I moved to Michigan in 2000, our visits were not as frequent as we would have liked but strong friendships last over time and distance.

Patti stayed at a B&B in southeast Tucson, with wonderful views of the mountains (Tucson is surrounded by four mountain ranges) and even a local javelina wandering the neighborhood -- go to this link to see a picture of this unusual pig-like animal: 

We had one full day of rain while Patti was here, which she and I spent catching up and watching DVDs at her home away from home.  But for the most part, we had great sunny weather and took advantage of that.

We drove down to Tubac, AZ which is about 45 minutes south of Tucson. Located in the Santa Cruz River Valley, Tubac has a 250-year-old Spanish history; it was founded in 1752 and was the first European settlement in Arizona.  It is currently a thriving artists' colony with over eighty galleries and shops that feature hand-crafted items, sculpture, paintings, clothing and Mexican import shops.  The shops are in an outdoor shopping center with Spanish architecture, native plants, fountains and a relaxed atmosphere.  Patti and I have always shared a love of shopping but even Jim enjoyed the expedition. 

Back in Tucson, Patti, Jim and I visited the Tucson Botanical Gardens which was having its annual indoor butterfly exhibit (beautiful!).  Although the gardens were smaller than some we have visited, the sculpture included made the gardens special. We also did some more shopping on Tucson's Fourth Avenue, an eclectic mix of shops in central Tucson that reminded me a little of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. 

There is so much to do in Tucson and there was not enough time to do a lot of it while Patti was here but we thoroughly enjoyed her visit and hope she gets to come back to experience more of what Tucson has to offer.

We enjoyed Tucson so much that we ended up staying a total of five weeks – the most time that we have spent in one place.  So, there will be multiple blogs on our winter stay in the sun (with some rain breaks!).
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