Tucson is TOO Great!

Tuscon is TOO Great!

We’ve now been at Cal-Am’s “Far Horizons Resort” in Tucson, AZ for over 3 weeks, and are loving it.  Due partly to the scenic location and partly the actual resort, we are having a blast.  Highlights include canyons, mountains, cycling loops/hills, and the interesting “washes” (think dry desert rivers, which only fill with muddy water during monsoons).  Add mild weather, no humidity and park amenities to round out the fun!

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Far Horizons Tucson has so much to do.  I promised myself I’d do something every day, and for the most part I’ve kept that promise.  In fact, one day I did coffee hour, pottery, rock polishing, Zumba, back to pottery (for another coat of glaze), and a party in the evening – whew!  John is enjoying the gym daily, frequent 50 mile bike rides, the hot tub, wood shop, and once braved the Sonoran Hot Dog featured at one of the parties. We play pool a few times a week, and I’ve almost beat him once!

We are usually busy during the day, and have to check the scheduled offerings to see what’s up for the next day.  If we have free time, it seems like John is teaching everyone one of his favourite board games, Crokinole, which we bought on our way to the border in St. Mary’s, Ontario, at Crokinole Canada  So far, we’ve heard of 4 boards being ordered online after John taught a few folks either by the pool club house, or at our site. 

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We are so tired at the end of the day, so that’s when we enjoy our books, hobbies, or I might bake for the next day. I thought our fatigue at day’s end was the time change (we’re 2 hours behind Toronto), but that just can’t still be the case – we’re busier than when we were working!

We’ve made some good friends at this park, including, as usual some four-legged ones – a special delicate (not!) sweetie.

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170 lb Kona lives just across the road. Note the mountains in the distance.

As a cycling fan, John was interested to learn that Lance Armstrong used to train at Mount Lemmon, which is just minutes away (it’s 9,150 feet in altitude).  One day I actually joined John on the 9 mile ride up (in the car..hehe) this steep and winding road, which led to a very tiny town of Summerhaven (pop approx 45).

For REAL activity, we went to Sabino Canyon one day.  After taking the tram up to the top, I am still a bit surprised that I actually walked down. We had snacks, water, warm layers, and walking sticks, to get this unfit gal down 6 km. I was exhausted after the 1.5 hour trip, and heard from my ankles and shins a few days later.  This indoor cat does not regret it, as was a beautiful experience.

The last item to report was a fun surprise:  We (and some other residents) have some outdoor solar lights which ‘appear’ to flicker like real Tiki lights.  We were invited to a Tiki Street Party, complete with mai tais and ukuklele music, and it was so fun and educational.  I asked and answered the same few questions with same 15 folks, and I learned so much more about the RV lifestyle.  One common theme at this park was “…we came to visit friends, and 5 weeks later, we were hooked”.  I hear this often, and although we’re not ready to settle down at one spot for winters, I can see why Arizona is so popular!

Next up, January in Mesa, AZ, and guests for February. But first, tomorrow is coffee hour, rock polishing, yoga and preparations for the 2 single neighbour men we’ve invited for Christmas lunch! 

The end of November in Texas

When we entered Texas on November 25, the first park was a scenic campground.  We are members of 3 different discount groups, and this one is the most generous, allowing folks to camp for free (limitations apply), which we use occasionally to offset the fun and less frugal locations, which have more amenities and activities.  Our site was on the water, and we finally removed our hoodies. We played games and did puzzles/crafts in the evenings, and took walks during the days.  John even kayaked once.

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At one point there were 6 little girls, all under 8-ish next door, and another 3 at a second site, and yet another at a third site.  These girls were heard at various times, and made us smile a lot:

“Hey, you guys, lets use these sticks as machetes and hunt the woods!”

“Hey, hey, how about, how about – HEY!!, I need help pulling up my pants, Mackenzie!”

(Parent): “OK, I still have 6 kids right?”

(Parent): “How many worms did you catch? REPLY: “Does the one in my hair count?”

(Parent): “Who wants to ride around in the back of the pick up? No, leave the machetes.”

On November 26, we were excited to enter Arlington, TX.  After a quick sandwich in the bus, we headed to the best Walmart ever – full of Cowboy Fan Gear!!  Located a stone’s throw from AT&T Stadium, we loaded up on some gifts and souvenirs, and our “mantle” has never looked so good. 

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Our friends arrived the next day, and everyone but me went to a tour of the Star (Cowboys training centre). That evening we enjoyed a cozy night in with homemade dinner.

On Thursday November 28, the gang went to the game super early.  They took helmets, stuffed animals, homemade art – and they got autographs!!  I enjoyed my crafts, napped with Romo (one of our cats), and watched the game – although it was a disappointing end for the Cowboys (booo..)

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November has been wonderful so far – we’ve learned to enjoy the journey, not just pine for the destination.  It actually makes me think like that in real life – and I’m more grateful for what we do have, vs longing for what’s ahead!

Next,  it’s Arizona for 3 months!