Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights


We spent a few more nights boon-docking outside of Tucson at Snyder Hill.  During those days we visited the Pima Space & Air Museum.  Jerry had been through the museum years ago.  We went this time to take what they call the Boneyard Tour at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  It was conducted in a beautiful air-conditioned coach and was very interesting.  We saw hundreds and hundreds of planes not used anymore.  They are mainly kept around for parts.  The docent was very good and Jerry and I both found the tour very interesting.  That evening we drove a short distance to another RV park and had dinner with an old high school buddy of Jerry's and his wife, Don & Janet Dart.  I had never met them but we all hit it off and had a wonderful dinner and evening together.  They also live full-time in their RV.

Our last day in that area we visited Mission San Xavier Del Bac.  It was another wonderful and interesting day.  We had another great docent and learned so much about the history of the mission.

Mission San Xavier Del Bac.  You may notice that the right side does not look as pristine as the left which has been recently renovated and painted.  They are currently raising funds to do the right side.

The main alter

The ceiling was magnificient
Many people bring statues and light candles

 We drove a short distance to a KOA campground still in Tucson.  Right next to the KOA is a motorhome driving school.  Jerry and I and several other couples spent the morning in the classroom and any of us who did not have much experience driving then drove for as long as we wanted until we felt comfortable.  Once again learned a lot and got to where I was pretty comfortable behind the wheel.  Now I will need to practice!!  Incase of some type of an emergency at least I have some idea as to how to drive our home.  One of the men in our driving class did not have his wife with him.  We offered him a ride back to the campground and learned they were parked right across from us.  His wife has very severe MS and her dream has always been to live in a motorhome so they had recently sold everything, bought a motorhome, and had just started traveling.  We enjoyed dinner with them at the little restaurant on the campground.  What a delightful couple and she is determined to see as much as she can for as long as she can.  A true inspirtation.  Part of what we enjoy so much about this life-style is all the wonderful people we meet.  So many of their stories are inspirational.

We then headed southeast to Benson, AZ - less than an hour from Tucson - our home for two weeks.  We are at the SKP Escapees Saguaro Park and loving it.  Every Escapee park we have ever been at we have found friendly people, great parking sights and lots of activities going on right in the park.

Our spot #74 at Saguaro Park
View of the mountains at sunset

Our first night at the park they had a wonderful Barbershop group entertain us followed by free root beer floats.

The following night the entertainment was the Elliot's - a local family that plays and sings.  

Some mornings Teddy is just not anxious to get up and get going

Our welcome bag from the Methodist church we attended in Benson.  Every afternoon there is Happy Hour at 4:00.  You bring your beverage of choice and several people always bring a snack to share.  It is a great way to meet people and to learn what is going on around the area.  The first night there you have to stand and introduce yourself and say a little about yourself.  Jerry mentioned that we had just worked a NOMAD project in Buckeye and after Happy Hour John & Kitty Drake, also NOMADS, came over and invited us to attend church with them Sunday.  They even picked us up.  Sunday afternoon they had an Ice Cream social instead of Happy Hour - worked for us :-).

When we arrived in Benson we had a list of places in the area we wanted to visit.  We have been here more than half of our two weeks and haven't done any sightseeing but have had a wonderful time just relaxing and enjoying all the park has to offer.  We will be back - God willing.

On our 7th day here we experienced something we had almost forgotten existed - it rained!!!   We haven't seen any rain, and then not much, for over 3 months.  Yesterday however was 80 and sunny again.  Today it is raining again.  It starts and stops a lot.  I am sure the locals are thrilled and we aren't complaining - our weather has been for the most part outstanding all winter.  Plus that gives a reason to stay inside and do paperwork, clean, laundry, etc.

We spent the better part of two days this week planning our trip back to Illinois.  When we leave Benson on Friday we will slowly be heading north and east.  We are praying the weather holds so we can visit Carson City, CO where our grandson Adrian will be having his 10th birthday party.  We are so excited to see him!!  Then we will travel through Topeka, KS and visit another high school friend of Jerry's and then to Davenport, Iowa to visit a lady I worked with for years!!

With weather and motorcoach cooperation we will be arriving at Illinois Beach State Park May 2nd or 3rd.  We will be camp hosting for the month of May.  We are getting excited about seeing our friends and family in Illinois.
On the hill out the back of our coach.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to read things have improved social wise at Benson. They did not have friendly 4:00 get-to-getters then. BTW, It's John and Kitty HAHN, not Drake. Sandy and Steve are the Drakes. I know, I know, a lot of names to remember.