Diary of Linda and my trip to Arizona, February/March 2005
2/27/05 Left for out Arizona trip today at 8:30 a.m. Arrived in El Centro
at 11:000 a.m. and checked into the Rio Bend Golf and RV Resort.
Stayed next to Beverly and Bruce Roberts RV. The weather was
perfect in the mid 70’s. There was open field right next to us
where I took Meggie to run. At 4:00 p.m. all our camping buddies
came over for a potluck type party. The Roberts, Willinghams,
Giengers, Rooneys, and Gretchen attended the party. Linda showed
everyone our new trailer and we had a great time.
2/28/05 Left at 8:00 a.m. for Phoenix. We arrived in Glendale AZ at D
& R Family RV where we are having our Solar panels put on tomorrow.
The owner Ron lets his customers stay over night in his yard which we
did. Linda and I enjoyed talking with the 3 other customers there
having work done.
3/1/05 Had the solar panels, controller, and shunt fuse installed. All
worked well and we left about 1:00 p.m. for Tucson. We checked
into Desert Trails RV park for 3 nights at $21 per night. The back
of park had a huge desert trail system that looked just like Saguaro NP.
Meggie got two long walks per day on the trails. This park at a
nice desert ambiance which Linda and I both liked.
3/2/05 We visited Arizona-Senora Desert Museum today. Similar to a zoo
but different and well worth seeing. My second time and Linda’s
first. The weather was perfect.
3/3/05 Today we went to the San Xavier Del Bac Mission. It was built in
1797 and is still an active church. The art work in the main
church was beautiful.
3/4/05 Drove to Kartchner Caverns SP Campground and checked in for 2 nights.
We took the Cave Rotunda-Throne Tour at 3:30 p.m. and it was very
beautiful, definitely worth the $19 each. The Big Room Tour was
all booked through March. Cooked fried rice using left over
chicken tonight which turned out excellent. She Who Must Be Obeyed
approved without any negative words for my oriental cuisine.
3/5/05 Kicked back all day with only one excursion to the Safeway store in
Benson 9 miles away where we stocked up with more food.
Linda and I took Meggie for 2 mile off leash hike on one of the side
service roads near the campground. I made an asparagus, mushroom,
dried tomato, onion, garlic, chicken, pasta sautéed that turned out
excellent for dinner.
3/6/05 Got up at 7:00 a.m. Meggie and I took a 4 mile hike on the old
Guidant Mining trail around a mountain in the Coronado NF. The
hike was beautiful and followed a running creek through a beautiful
canyon about 1.5 miles of the hike. Meggie loved exploring all the
pools and smells near the creek. Once in the beginning of the hike
she shot off after a rabbit and did not return for 10 minutes but was a
perfect companion the rest of the trip stopping at regular intervals to
wait for my slower pace. The hike turned out to have a 1,500’
elevation rise in the 4 miles which checked out my new heart repair job
to the max. I only had minor pain in the beginning, no pain later,
and I did not experience shortness of breath I had prior to the
operation. The trail around the mountain was very rugged and slow
going because of all the rocks and steep descend. It was so steep
even Meggie stayed on the path. The last mile of hike had several
abandoned mine shafts which made me a little nervous for Meggie, but I
was able to keep her away from them and most were boarded up. The
hike took me about 3 hours. Both Meggie and I were tired but not
sad that we did this beautiful trek.
We packed up and drove about 100 miles north in thunder showers to
Picacho Peak SP. This park is currently beautifully green with
blooming flowers, Saguaro cactus, many birds, and of course the looming
peak. A civil war battle was actually fought near this landmark
peak which can be seen for perhaps 25 –50 miles away. We found a
beautiful large camp site with views of the Saguaro cactus right outside
our big back trailer window. There is a 3 mile trail to the peak.
The last ½ mile has cables to help you pull yourself up. I may
hike it tomorrow to the cable portion with Meggie. I was really
tired and hit the rack at 8:00 p.m.
3/7/05 Linda, Meggie, and I hiked ½ way up the 6.2 mile round trip to Picacho
Peak this morning. The weather and flowers were beautiful.
The trail unlike yesterday had about 30 other hikers on it, so Meggie
had to stay on leash most of the time. I am having no problem with
my heart now and my wind seems also to have returned. My blood
pressure this morning was 116/63 pulse 50. I think the stent
operation was a resounding success. After a left over fried rice
lunch we drove to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. They had
some very old dwellings which we walked around. It was interesting but
not real high on my list of sites to see. Returned home to a
beautiful afternoon at our camp site in Picacho Peak SP.
Lynx in the Living Desert Museum near Tucson, AZ.
Cactus were huge and healthy.
were abundant with all the rain
having a mid day repast.
enjoying the beautiful weather at The Living Desert Museum.
rare cactus that Linda captured.
at San Xavier Del Bac Mission near Tucson, AZ
mission has been active since 1797.
main chapel was beautiful.
artwork was in beautiful condition considering its age.
arrived in Picacho SP to this rain shower and beautiful rainbow.
nothing like an Arizona sunset. What a beautiful camp ground
desert was so green and full of flowers from all the rains.
and Meghan on their way to Picacho Peak.
new 5th wheel on its maiden long trip.