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Feb 24, 2020 - Spring Travel Plans

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome onboard Flight DL2789 with service from Tucson to Istanbul. Yep, we’ve finalized part of our plans for this spring. That type of airline announcement is one that we’ll hear in April as we board the plane for our trip to Europe. We’ll first fly into Istanbul where we’ll spend a week. We’ve spent a couple of days in Istanbul 25 years ago but I am sure so much has changed. Then, a four-hour flight will take us to Malaga, Spain. That is our kickoff point for our travels North through Spain. We have stops planned in...

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Jan 20, 2020 - Still in Benson

We are in our third month at the SKP Park in Benson. We did leave the park for three weeks in December but didn’t venture too far. Some people might refer to our trip as a “staycation.” We stayed two weeks in Catalina State Park in Oro Valley and one week at a public park in downtown Tucson enjoying all that a bigger city has to offer – music, hiking, shopping, sightseeing, lectures. The season in the park is in full swing. Just last week we had our yearly fundraiser for the Benson Food Bank. The event is called The Polar Bear Party named...

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Jan 2, 2020 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Art and I hope you had a great holiday. The park had a dance party in the clubhouse on New Year’s Eve. As we did last year, we stopped by to listen to the band. We left a little after 10pm. OK, so we didn’t make it to midnight in Arizona time but it was midnight on the east coast! Does that count? As I’ve done in previous years, I have started a new blog for 2020. We’ve enjoyed sharing our adventures with you and we hope you’ll continue to follow along for our 13th year on the road. You can still access our previous...

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Jan 2, 2020 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Art and I hope you had a great holiday. The park had a dance party in the clubhouse on New Year’s Eve. As we did last year, we stopped by to listen to the band. We left a little after 10pm. OK, so we didn’t make it to midnight in Arizona time but it was midnight on the east coast! Does that count? As I’ve done in previous years, I have started a new blog for 2020. We’ve enjoyed sharing our adventures with you and we hope you’ll continue to follow along for our 13th year on the road. You can still access our previous...

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Nov 26, 2019 - Tellabration

Except for a couple of dental appointments (a fun time was had by all!), we’ve been hibernating in Benson since we arrived here in early October. Well, last Sunday, we left “the compound” to attend a “Tellebration” event in Tucson. On the 3rd or 4th weekend of November, storytellers and listeners gather together to enjoy an afternoon or evening of storytelling. According to the National Storytelling Network, this is a national event geared primarily for adult storytellers and listeners. We fall definitely in the “listeners” section! By hey,...

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Nov 1, 2019 - Recap of 2019 Travels

Here is a recap of our 2019 trip - our 12th year on the road! Trip Beginning: April 22nd, Benson, AZ Trip Ending: October 10th, Benson, AZ Total number of days: 172 Total miles traveled: 6,105 States Visited: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada Besides 42 days at private campgrounds we stayed: • 72 days - Elk’s Lodges • 3 days – Escapees Park • 21 days - Federal Parks • 20 days – Fairgrounds • 4 days - State Parks • 9 days - County Parks • 1 day - Casino camping Our daily average...

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Oct 23, 2019 - Back in Benson

We are back in our lot in Benson. Our trip here was like a journey through four seasons. While we didn’t run into any snow, the temperatures were wild. For our stop in Standish, California, daytime temperatures were in the low 50s and dropped to 28 degrees at night. Continuing south into Nevada, temperatures remained just as cold. We had to break out our propane heater for our stay in Tonopah! Temperatures began warming up for our stay in Pahrump, Nevada. Then in Boulder City, Nevada, we found ourselves wishing we had hookups so we could...

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Apr 2, 2019 - Hello April!

You’ve heard the old saying “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, maybe that saying is true. However, here in Benson, what we know is true is that for some RVers, April 1st is the start of the migration to their stick houses in the northern regions of the country. Many Canadians who have been in the states for several months also start heading back home primarily to keep their provincial health insurance. Did you know that health insurance coverage varies between the provincial provinces? So, you might ask, what are we doing and when...

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Mar 11, 2019 - The Long Story of Planning our Trip Abroad

(Art writing) In our last blog in February, we mentioned that we were planning on a trip to Spain in the fall. Since we calculated that we would only need about 1 ½ months in Spain, we decided to extend our European trip. We figured that the cost, time and effort to get to Europe warranted spending as much time once we were there. Our first thoughts were to go to Greece but we nixed that because we did not want to rent a car and public transportation would be difficult at best. Our second thought was to add Toulouse, France to our Spain...

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Feb 11, 2019 - Down By the River Bed & Breakfast, St. Johns, AZ

We resumed our journey, after the blow out, driving west on I-10. After passing through El Paso,TX we entered into New Mexico. Passing through Las Cruces, Deming, and Lordsburg, we entered Arizona. We continued west on I-10 passing through Bowie, Wilcox and to Benson, where we left I-10 to drive south on Highway 80 to St. Johns, AZ. We turned off of Hwy 80 onto South Apache Powder Road. This road turned into a dirt/gravel road. After a few miles we arrived at our lodging for the next three nights: Down By the River Bed & Breakfast. The...

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Feb 4, 2019 - Procrastinate

pro•cras•ti•nate: /prəˈkrastəˌnāt/ Verb: delay or postpone action; put off doing something. Synonyms: delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, use delaying tactics, stall, dally, drag one's feet, take one's time. Yep, I have been procrastinating on writing in my blog. I could list a few reasons for the month-long gap between journal entries like we’re not traveling right now but sitting in one place so there isn’t much that is new to write about; we’ve been distracted by any number of things going on in the park or...

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Jan 14, 2019 - Family, new friends and old friends.

Hi all. Writing tonight from Kartchner Cave State Park in Arizona. Tomorrow we plan to visit the cave here. Just want to keep you in suspense for our next blog entry. Since our last post we have been in several locations around San Diego and traveled back to Orlando for 10 days over Christmas. Thursday we entered Arizona. Yesterday we got back on the trails at this beautiful state park. We have both missed frolicking through uncharted territory. In San Diego we RV'd at the Elks Club in Oceanside and Vista and stayed at the Del Mar beach on...

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