Monday, November 26, 2012

Tucson continued

November 24, 2012

Another Monday morning campground meeting. They are kind of special, everyone here shows up for them and the free coffee and donuts.  These meetings are really very entertaining, the owner is very witty and funny and it's almost a comedy show.  At the same time, these meetings are super efficient and organized, people volunteer to do stuff and issues get resolved, everyone is happy. I've never seen such productive meetings !  

Time for another oil change on the truck, I have been taking it back to GMC for these, even though it is more expensive, but don't want any issues with the warrantee.  I am pretty impressed with the Buick/GMC dealers so far, very efficient, pleasant and usually a free wash job.  The truck continues to get looks and comments all the time, the other day at the campground, I'm sitting outside and this guy comes by walking his dog and comments on the truck. I tell him it's tough keeping it clean and he says, "well that's the price of being the big guy".  Twinkles was greatly amused by that comment !

On dogs, practically everyone here has at least one dog and some of these people seem to be do little but walk them around.  The dogs here are mostly quiet, so far, but there are other area dogs that bark at lot, especially when desert critters are stirring or the coyotes start howling, in other words, every night.

Now that we are at this RV resort for an extended stay, all plugged in and comfortable, getting soft and lazy, I am starting to long for the wild open places again. As a result, I started thinking about the Honda generator sitting in my RV that I haven't used at all up to this point.  I don't feel comfortable running it in the quiet campground, so here I am in the open field behind McDonalds running my generator to exercise it.  We really need to go somewhere soon where I have to use it ! 

On Tuesday night, the Tucson High School Steel Drum band performed at the campground, outside at the Bocce ball pit area, it was a big hit. 

We found the Pool Hall, very well equipped, no one seems to ever be there, and the WiFi works really good, my spot to update the blog now. 

This campground was formerly a water park.  The water park slides and pool area are still visible, but pretty deteriorated.  It sort of looks like ancient ruins now, but it must have been quite the area attraction in it's day.

There are reports that a rattlesnake was in the sewing room a couple of nights ago, so Twinkles is nervously only going there in the daytime ! This is the time of year when they look for warm places at night.

A big Thanksgiving meal was put on at the campground, the campground paid for the Turkeys and cooked them, with volunteers pretty much doing everything else.  Twinkles, of course volunteered, such a happy camper ! 

Twinkles went on a geocaching activity on Friday morning, but seems to have learned most about what are the best local restaurants and bars.  

On Friday evening we went to a campground concert to see Johnny Bencomo, who is advertised as a pioneer of the western 18 string guitar. He was great, lived up to his billing, told endless stories between songs, took requests from the crowd, could play everything and mostly play it well.  

We skipped the "oldies dance" on Saturday night.  

On Sunday, we are signed up for a hike at Saguaro Park. It is a park ranger lead sunset hike to a ridge top with a return under the light of the moon.

4th Avenue street art

4th Avenue sign

Exercising the generator

Pool Hall picture

Hiking view from the trail

Another hiking view

Building Mural in downtown Tucson

The same building

Another Pool Hall angle

Pima County building mural on Speedway Avenue

Another doorway

Danger of smoking and drinking mural in downtown Tucson

And more, real cactus in front

Saguaro cactus with open wound showing the skeleton

Tiny's bar and family restaurant near the campground

More murals off Speedway Avenue

The remains of the campground water park

Another view

View from campground deck looking out over the desert

Johnny Bencomo last Friday night at the campground

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