West of Tucson with the REAL snowbirds

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Desert Trails RV Park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Had never been to Tucson. It sits in a bowl of mountains, some still snow capped, and is sprawl, sprawl, sprawl. Our RV park was out there in the desert, out Ajo Way to what turns out to be a failed water theme park. The kind with mini golf, water slides, kiddie and adult pools. The dark history is that there was a shooting in the park one day five years or so ago, and the owner said "that's enough," and folded. He sold to the present park owner/managers. Some of the really veteran RVers told stories of staying at the park in their RV while the water park was still open. Hundreds of kids from morning til night. Must've been great.
The park sits on the edge of the Sonoran desert, the kind of scrub plain where you could just see Joe Pesci and a couple of his Las Vegas friends burying some turncoat rat in the sand. Fifteen foot high Saguaro cactus on the hiking paths. Pretty neat. The park owner's first name, by  the way, is Pericles. So we stayed in Periclean Tucson.
Went to the Pima Air and Space Museum, a pet friendly place since most of the planes and helos are parked outside. Lucy and Max got their first museum visit. See photo!  We also went to the Pima County Park's desert/creatures exhibit on Tucson Mountain.  Very well designed and laid out, but alas, no pets allowed on the grounds. And if you were so foolish as to leave your pet in an RV, say, the signs said that park attendants had the right to "free" your pets from the cars, which I suppose means breaking a window to get them. The risk to pets in an overheated car is real, of course, though on our visit the temp was in the mid 60s.  Many, many road bikers working their way in groups and solo up Tucson Mountain. First time since Alabama that I really, really, missed having my bike along.
Checked out of the Desert Trails place on Sunday a.m. en route to Sedona. More to follow as we edge closer to the Grand Canyon.  We visited there today, and as a pre-test, here are three quotes "overheard" at the lip of the Grand Canyon. One of them is true, the other two are false. I'll have the answer in the next blog entry.
"The Grand Canyon!  What can I say? Wow!"
"Honey, step back just a couple more steps so I can get more of the Canyon in the photo."
"I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it."
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