At the end of November we took off in our little new/old motorhome to discover southeast Arizona and visit with friends. We stopped in Scottsdale to have lunch with Mary who was visiting on her way back from North Carolina to California. Then we pressed on to Tucson, where we camped at Catalina State Park – a lovely campground with jagged mountain views, ruins, and great hiking trails.
We tried to drive up to Mt. Lemmon, but the road was closed, so we took a drive on Cactus Forest Drive in the eastern part of Saguaro National Park (we had taken Signal Hill Trail in the western section when we passed through two years ago).
That evening we went into Tucson to meet up with nephew Bill for an amazing dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa and other amusements.
The next morning we met up with Mary Lou and Wayne to go to an art show, a tamale fest, a hike in Tucson Mountain Park, and then dinner at their beautiful new home in Marana.
Ted and I took off the next morning for Lake Patagonia State Park, where we spent the next couple of nights. The first day we toured wine country (Callaghan Vineyards between Sonoita and Elgin has quite good wine!) and then came back to explore Lake Patagonia.
The next day we ventured to Nogales, Mexico (the wonders of a Mexican border town did not exceed the hour and a half wait to walk back over the border) and then returned to take the birding trail at Lake Patagonia.
Then we went to Willcox and on down the road to Chiricahua (“cheer-a-cow-a”) National Monument, which was pretty amazing.
Ted had just recorded a historical account of an event that took place in the Aravaipa Valley and the Galiuro Mountains, so we wanted to see some of the places mentioned in the book. We set about taking a long drive up Sulphur Springs Valley toward Aravaipa, but the road was unpaved and all washboard – the motorhome was rattling too much to continue much past Bonita. A 4WD car or ATV would have done fine. Next time. On the way back we stopped in Stafford and visited the County Courthouse where the trial in the book had taken place. That night we stayed at the Cattle Rest Saloon and RV Park. It was not a noteworthy RV park, but we had a good time in the bar that night.
For our drive home we went through the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation and along Theodore Roosevelt Lake, stopping at Tonto National Monument to see the ruins, ran into some snow, and on up through Payson and back to Prescott.
It was great to be back in the rig (it had been almost 6 months) and to discover more of our new home state. Can’t wait for the next RV adventure!