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Mar 2, 2021 - A bit stressed in Tucson

It’s the evening before our maiden voyage with our 2014 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS fifth wheel, and I’m a bit stressed. We’re only heading two hours away to Roper Lake near Safford, but there’s a strong wind in tomorrow’s forecast, and we’ll be driving on I-10 through Texas Canyon. What could possibly go wrong? Any number of loose parts blowing off, for one. And Renée & I will have our seven-year-old granddaughter Addie with us. My biggest concern is that I’ll lose my cool and cuss a blue streak in Addie’s presence. That -- and driving...

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Feb 26, 2021 - February update: Tucson

Even though we haven’t gone camping yet, we are going to be able to go soon. For those who didn’t know, we left Tucson June of last year with plumbing and electric issues. With no progress in these areas when we arrived January of this year only partial success. So, we found two other workers and we are almost done. We can actually turn on a light in the front hall and not trip over mud boxes. My sister, our friends Winkie and Woody came to help this week. Mike fed us all week and picked up all the supplies we needed while we painted. Jeff...

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2021 to Tucson

Nov 7, 2020 - Catalina State Park - revisited

Another Arizona state park that we wanted to revisit. We were here back in February 2020 before the Covid Virus hit. That time we stayed 4 nights from Feb 20-23. See the previous blog for photos of that visit. This go round we stayed 7 nights November 1-7. This time the virus is in its full state with all the social distancing requirements in place. It is nice hanging out in such a beautiful place, isolated in our RV. Whenever we did venture away from the rv we had our masks and put them on whenever we passed near anyone. Everyone else for...

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Sep 20, 2020 - Day 24 - Home Sweet Home

With just an hour and a half drive left to go, I'm tempted to try to make it home without refueling. I'm pretty sure we have enough gas to get there - maybe 5 gallons to spare, but I'd sure hate to be wrong. There's a TA truck stop not a quarter mile from the RV park and we go right by it to get to the interstate, so I drive the truck up there to see if it's RV accessible. Normally we avoid TA gas stations; they seem to cater mostly to the diesel crowd and their gas pump lanes very short. But not this TA. They have a brand new area...

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2020 Orlando Trip

Aug 27, 2020 - Day 0 - Final Preparation

After almost a year of inactivity, we are in the final countdown for the first (and probably only) major RV trip of 2020. This trip was originally scheduled for March and April and was to include stops in Illinois (mom, sister and granddaughter) and Montana (more grandkids). The pandemic put an end to that plan, but with the plague somewhat stabilized, the fire in the Catalina mountains extinguished, plus the record heat and drought making life in Tucson particularly miserable, we rescheduled it for late July. The plan was revised to go to...

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2020 Orlando Trip

Jun 21, 2020 - Past 6 months in Tucson

Hi Everyone, It has been awhile since we wrote because we had a huge interruption in our trip. We arrived in Tucson in December expecting to leave on or around April 1. It is June 20 today and we just got on the road. All was good heading to Phoenix until we have hit a two-hour slowdown due to an accident. Guess we will arrive at our campsite after dark tonight. We did take a 4-day trip up this way in March with our friends Sandie and Bob and got within 20 miles of our campsite when we were detoured around another accident. We had to...

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2020 to NC

Jun 19, 2020 - Departing Tucson

Today is Juneteenth 2020. Tomorrow morning we will be bringing the slides in, raising the jacks, and launching the Millennium Falcon eastward to infinity and beyond. (well...maybe just Leland). Our oldest Grand Daughter, Remi, will accompany us and we are really excited. Remi just graduated from Rincon University High School and will be attending the University of Arizona this fall. Joey is excited too as he is sooooo looking forward to being the "only dog" again. On a Covid-19 note; we are traveling with full knowledge that this pandemic...

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2020 to NC

May 24, 2020 - Tucson AZ

Tucson-time drags on. More of the same-old-same-old, with a couple minor deviations thrown in. On Tuesday the 12th we saddled up the trusty Jeep-a-roo and headed north on I-10 for about 90 minutes, back to Casa Grande to visit with some RV friends at their house. We had met Bruce and Jennifer 5 years ago while we were next door neighbors in Red Bay at the Service Center. Our paths crossed this time when I posted a question on an RV forum and Bruce happened to be one of the respondents. We knew they had a house in Casa Grande but since they...

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May 9, 2020 - Tucson AZ

And the hot weather hibernation continues...at times. We have sort-a-kind-a been following our routine in the 2 weeks since the last update, with the occasional gray area violation of the law thrown in to break free from the boredom and to maintain our sanity. Sunday evening we took a drive up the road toward Mount Lemmon and stopped at one of the scenic overlooks to get a view of the lights of Tucson in the clear, low humidity desert air. We learned that it’s a pretty popular thing to do as we joined about 30 other people enjoying the...

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May 3, 2020 - Week-11

The final week of my adventure “RetirCation”. As I post my last travel log, I’m on day 4 of my quarantine in the Okanagan...all is well. The trip north from Pocatello, ID was unadventurous, but I tried to find some sights of interest. Even filling up with gas - my only real contact with the world outside my RV was pay-at-the-pump too easy and very safe. A trip through Idaho wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Blackfoot, ID Potato Museum...lol. Further along the way, one of the I-15 rest areas has a lava field attraction nearby; and...

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Retircation

Apr 26, 2020 - Week-10

Hi everyone, well I made it north through AZ, through UT, and spent the last 3 nights in Pocatello, ID; 2 more state borders and the biggie Canada-USA border to cross. I continue to find sites to visit, and a few trails to hike and bike. I discovered an interesting “secret” when I filled up with gas leaving Tucson on Monday morning; when asked to enter a zip code, put in the 3 numbers of your postal code and add 2-zeros. It has worked 2/3 times I tried it at the pumps. Bonus when I can avoid going in to pay. I didn’t want to drive through...

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Retircation

Apr 25, 2020 - Tucson AZ

Like most of you, boredom has become our lifestyle. We spend our days eating, staring at each other and when that gets to be too much, we have been watching movies – all of the Indiana Jones series and we’re working our way through James Bond flicks when we can find them – which for me is a stretch as I’m not a big movie watcher. Everything we own is as shiny as we can make it, there’s no more room to store anything we buy from Amazon and I’ve done almost all my house projects. I am however in the initial design stages of a plan to remodel...

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