2014 Travels travel blog

Carpes at Pima County Fairgrounds

Bob's favorite color—Orange!!!

After a quick trip, our exit...

Convair B36 Bomber at Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum has four B52 Bombers

One of only two Boeing YC14 transports ever built

Sandi took flying lessons in a Cessna 120 similar to this one

DC6 Air Force One served Kennedy & Johnson

"Pregnant Guppy" moved space rockets and other oversize loads

Northrop YC125 Raider transport

Helicopters at the Pima Air & Space Museum

Sikorsky "Skycrane" heavy lift helicopter

Nick & Terry Russell celebrating their sixteenth anniversary!

Tue, 14 Jan: A quick trip

Today's run must rank among our shortest—a mere 34 miles! We had previously connected the car so our getting ready for the road chores were quickly completed. We did have to stop at the Escapees Cooperative office to settle our bill, yet even with that we rolled wheels at 0842.

A quick run thru Benson to the Interstate 10 west entrance and a pleasant thirty mile run to the Pima County Fairgrounds exit. Bob (watta guy!) drove the entire distance nonstop and even got to play in some construction (his rants get raves!) We pulled up to the RV Office at half past nine and got assigned a full hookup (30 amp power) site. Disconnecting the car, backing into the site, leveling the coach, slides out, electric plugged in, etc., etc. and we were "at home" by ten. You gotta love this lifestyle.

At 1030 we were in the car heading to Green Valley where we visited our dear friends and cruising shipmates; Lee & Bobbie. We sat around for a bit and then they took us to lunch at their favorite Mexican Restaurant; Manuels. The food was excellent and the company made it a perfect treat.

Then back to their home for talk, talk, yucks, and more of the same. We even sat around and played cards, something we only seem to do with Bobbie & Lee. We really enjoy visiting with these two amazing people. We only hope we're as active and engaged as they when we "grow up"!

Back to the coach around five where our next door neighbors, Nick and Terry Russell were out and about. Nick & Terry are the owners and publishers of the Gypsy Journal, a quarterly RV newspaper, as well as many books on RVing and Nick's growing collection of fiction. We visited with them until the desert chill drove us back to our respective coaches. We're hoping to visit with them again prior to our Friday departure.

Wed, 15 Jan: Paperwork and airplanes...

Today was an odd mix of a day. We awoke at our "usual" 0630 or so and got ourselves going in reasonable fashion. One of the nicest things (and there are lots of nice things) about retirement is relaxed mornings. We shudder to think of folks who must get up and get going to that W#*@ thing first thing every morning. They can have it say we!

We had some paperwork that needed to be dealt with, so we spent the morning at home taking care of business. An early lunch and we finally got in the car and headed to the nearby Pima Air and Space Museum. This is a museum we've been wanting to visit and somehow never seemed to get to it. Well, we sure have missed out on a lot, and we're really glad we finally got around to visiting.

The Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest privately run aviation museum in the U.S. They have a vast array of aircraft covering both military (U.S. and other nations), experimental, commercial, and personal. They have not one, or two, but four B52 bombers. They also have rare aircraft such as the VC14 (only two built), B36, presidential aircraft, Boeing 727, Vickers Viscount, and Sud Caravelle commercial aircraft.

We were like kids in a candy store! We wandered around the huge outside display for hours until our feet finally told us "enough is enough". They finally shooed us out at closing. We shall return...

We headed to the nearby Costco for dinner in the food court, and then some victualing for our forthcoming two weeks in Quartzsite. We returned to the coach at dusk and gave our feet a well deserved rest. A wee dram of Bourbon certainly helped things along.

Thu, 16 Jan: Visiting day...

We "overslept" this morning and didn't wake until well after seven. Good grief, what's happening to us?

A quick getup, breakfast, and straightening of the coach to remove the surface "lumps" and make it presentable for very special company (VSCs). Bobbie & Lee were coming up from Green Valley to spend another day of visiting.

They arrived promptly at ten and we bored them to death with our cruise video. Since they're avid cruisers they seemed to enjoy the show. Then a quick run into Tucson for lunch at Rigo's, our very favorite Mexican Restaurant in this neck of the woods. After a delish lunch we stopped at Costco as Lee is looking at buying a new TV and wanted to see what they have. We enjoy helping folks spend their money!

Then back to the coach for more video showing (this time our 2012 Alaska trip) and then some cards. We just love visiting with Bobbie & Lee as they are so much fun and enjoy anything and everything. This 'ole world needs more like them.

In a short while we're heading back to Rigo's for dinner, this time with Nick & Terry Russell, our "next door neighbors" here at the Pima County Fairgrounds. Today is their sixteenth wedding anniversary and we are looking forward to celebrating it with them as well as introducing them to Rigo's.

Tomorrow is a travel day, 110 miles or so to RoVers Roost in Casa Grande.

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