Think of the Mailman...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
Site A2 then B62
What I did
The Santa Catalina Mountains

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, March 19, 2012

We got out of Tucson Mountain Park without any difficulty.  It's only about twenty-five miles to where we are now, so it was an easy trip. But the rain...  It rained for most of the drive and was cool, but another reminder why we come south for the winter.

This is a large campground abutting the Santa Catalina Mountains.  It's near north Tucson and convenient to all we want and need.  When I made the reservation, I thought we'd have both power and water at our site.  However, due to some confusion on their website, we had neither. Lynn checked at the Ranger's Office and got one night in B62 which had both.  It was a great site.  Lynn spotted two coyotes (coyoats) to us northerners.  They were just at the edge of the CG and seemed unafraid.  I got a few shots of a vermillon flycatcher, which is a real treat.  We did get out for a hike of about three miles.  We visited the site of an ancient Hohokam Village and the ruins of the Romero Ranch. The rain sped up our return trip, but we were outfitted with raincoats, so it worked out fine.  The downgoing sun illuminated the Santa Claras and made the site memorable.  

We slept well in the quiet night.  it was laundry day, so we headed into the town of Catalina, about five miles north.  It seems that everyone in the area had the same idea.  It was packed!  No problem, we located another place closer to Tucson and went there.  Nearly empty it was and nice and clean.  The staff person was friendly and we were finished quickly.  Then off to a Super Target for groceries and such.  I found a four LED light that we can use when dry camping as we are now.  It gives plenty of light over the stove and sink.  It uses four AA batteries and should work for a good while before new batteries are needed.  Now we have LED lighting in the kitchen and the bath.  No need to run down the battery with that need.

Lynn spotted another coyoat near the coach.  Unfortunately he didn't stand around waiting for me, so I missed this one.  It's very quiet in this area too.  I noticed a unique camper near us.  It's a chassis-mounted type on a four-wheel-drive pickup.  I'll include a picture for those of you who are interested in such things.  

I mentioned Maiilman... Well on our trip today, within five miles, we had Rain, Snow, Sleet and Hail.  For you Upper-middle-aged folks, you'll get it.  If not, ask you mom.  She'll know. ;0)

It will be cold tonight, in the lower forties, but we're armed with great grandma's quilt made from fleece.  Her great-grandparents ranched in Wisconsin.  Lynn inherited the quilt via her aunt June.  It's warm and does the job for us.  Thanks Granny!

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photodon on

Once again, nice pix Ralphie. I may stop there on my next migration. A shame you didn't catch a shot of a coyotee (as the rest of us Northerners say). They are such interesting creatures and they often sing Duffy and me to sleep of an evening.

ferd on

How high are the Catalinas...snow? Nice birds! Love that pkup style! Bring back some of that ole oak...please!

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