|I left the Escapees campground about 9:30 this morning and drove the about 60 miles to Desert Trails RV Park, which is about 9 miles west of Tucson. This is the campground that was recommended to me by Charlie and Nancy Stout who I met at the Escapees campground in Deming, NM. They've wintered at this park several years and enjoyed their stay here a lot. It is an older park, but one of the good things that comes with that is the beautiful, mature desert plants that are abundant in the park. My site is fairly big with a view of the mountains out of the front of my rig. The roads are mostly paved, but the sites are gravel. I've signed up for 5 days, so I'll be staying here until the Life on Wheels conference next Tuesday thru Friday. One of the big appeals of this campground is that it adjoins Tucson Mountain Park which has a bunch of trails for walking and biking. Adjoining Tucson Mountain Park on the north is Saguaro National Park which also has lots of walking and biking trails. Within the Saguaro National Park are the Old Tucson Studios, the International Wildlife Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. You can drive, bike or walk to these places. I've also been told by several people that I have to visit the Pima Air and Space Museum near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
No pictures yet, but I plan to take a bunch tomorrow, and I will try to post the best of them tomorrow evening. It took me a long time getting my DataStorm up and working after I arrived, but it finally did hook up with the satelite, and I'm good to go now. I have no idea why it didn't work the first 4 times that I did a search, but all's well that ends well, I guess. It was very frustrating and took several hours to get it to work.
I now have 4 days to check out Tucson. I plan to check out several different campgrounds for future reference, since I'm thinking about this area as a place to spend the winter, either this next one, or some other one down the road. This campground where I'm now at is one of the least expensive at $405 per month which includes electricity. That's going up to $430 next winter, but that's very reasonable for this area. I'm paying $22.50 per night here and most of the other ones that I checked out were in excess of $30 per night, and some of them quite a bit in excess of that amount. I'm unwilling to pay that kind of money when I can stay at a nice older park like this one for so much less. It's also a little farther out of town, but shopping is not far away. I think that I'll be happy here. I especially like being so close to the Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park. The people that recommended this place to me like to hike and found this place to be excellent for that. My kind of people.
Arizona is the only state that doesn't honor Daylight Savings Time, so I had to set my clocks back an hour when I got here. It's 6:30 right now and it's dusk. It's also 79 degrees and is predicted to get down to 54 degrees tonight.