2014 Travels travel blog

Carpe Diem at the Escapees Benson Park

We depart Texas after almost three weeks

Back in Arizona

Carpe Diem logged 61,000 miles today

The desert scenery is always gorgeous

Another desert scene along I 10

Sun, 12 Jan: Another tri-state day...

The temperature dropped into the high thirties overnite and it got pretty cool in the coach. When we are boondocking we do not leave the heat on overnite to conserve our battery power. We do turn on the furnaces once we awaken, but the silent battle as to who gets out from under the warm covers to turn on the heat rages on and on. Sandi usually loses...

That said, we did eventually get out of bed and prepare for the day. We've been boondocking for four days now, so we didn't have that much to do to prepare Carpes for the road. We got the Cummins started and once the air suspension got inflated and temperatures stabilized, we rolled wheels at 0803.

Since we'd overnited at mile marker #2, we were in New Mexico within minutes of entering Interstate 10. Sandi drove the first leg of about 85 miles thru most of New Mexico. Bob took over and got us into Arizona, where we lunched at the Arizona Welcome Center. Sandi drove the third leg into Benson, about 45 miles east of Tucson.

Today's drive was generally most pleasant. Traffic was very light early in the day (Sunday), but got heavier as the day wore on. The Interstate is in mostly good condition and traverses rolling land thru beautiful desert vistas. We doubt that we'll ever tire of the southwestern desert, and we feel very comfy here.

We pulled into the Escapees Benson Cooperative a few minutes after two and were assigned a large full-service site. Once settled in we called friends Ben and Bonnie Ackerman who have a deeded RV site in Benson. They also have a 2008 Itasca Ellipse 40' coach similar to ours except they have adifferent floor plan.

We drove to their place and enjoyed happy hour on their patio. As the sun started to set it got cooler so we headed into town for dinner at Pablo's Steak House. Dinner was good, but the company made it a most enjoyable experience.

We got back home a bit before seven and enjoyed a quiet evening. When both of us discovered we were snoozing on the couch we decided to hit the hay...

Mon, 13 Jan: A down day...

The temperature dropped to the low thirties overnite, but since we are plugged into "shore power" we were able to keep the bedroom furnace on low. That made for more comfy sleeping, but some industrial-strength "snogging" is always in order.

We awoke about 0630 of our own volition, and we turned on the front furnace and got the tea brewed. An early breakfast and a bit before eight we "hit" the laundry with six loads of wash to do. Fortunately, there were plenty of machines so, even with the "three machine" limit, we were all finished by ten.

Our plans for the remainder of the day are uncertain. We do know, however, that tomorrow morning we'll continue west about forty miles to the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson.

Stay tuned...

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