Monday, February 27, 2017

Left Why and Onto Tucson AZ…

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As morning broke I took one more mountain bike ride in the beautiful Sonoran Desert surrounding Hickiwan RV Park in Why Arizona. The quiet, serene ride along these wonderful trails simply can’t be beat. After taking in the sights and sounds I returned back to the rig to ready for the move.

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The drive from Why to Tucson along highway 86 through the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation was fabulous. This quiet road with scenic views along the way made the drive easy and very enjoyable. Passing Kitt’s Peak reminded me we still need to visit the observatory atop the mountain.

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We pulled into to Justin’s Diamond J RV park (one we have been to before) and pulled into a site near the front to boondock for one night. The manager told us we could boondock one night for free until our spot opened up. Funny fact was that the site we were waiting for belonged to the Weavers (Paul and Marsha of Where’s Weaver). We really didn’t have the opportunity to visit much since they were leaving the next morning and upon our arrival we had a lot of grocery shopping to do.  Man, the Weavers left at an early 7:00 am so we didn’t even have time to bid them farewell…We hope to see you on down the road Paul and Marsha!

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Another blogger couple, Jane and John of Flamingo on a Stick, invited us over for dinner the night we arrived which was much appreciated especially since we were boondocking. Even better was that dinner was some very tasty New York Strips! Wow, it pays to have friends in all of the right places for sure! We had fun catching up  from when we last saw them in Iowa this past year. Whenever we are together there is lots of laughter and lively conversation.

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Diamond Justin J’s RV Park is adjacent to another park called Desert Trails. I like this one a bit better as the sites are slightly larger. However, Desert Trails does have more to offer in amenities. The best thing about both parks is the extensive trail system right behind both parks meaning we don’t have to drive anywhere for a good hike or a mounting bike foray..

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The weather continues to be on the chilly side as has been the standard for this winter and to be honest I am eagerly looking forward to the warmer weather which always seems to be about 5 days ahead… Soon though, we will probably be longing for these cooler nights we are currently experiencing. However, I have worn jeans more this winter that the total times I wore them in the past five years!!!  As a result we have delayed planning our next move preferring to watch forecasts in order to head in the warmest direction!

NOTE: We are now in Justin’s Diamond J RV Park in Tucson Arizona until March 4th.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Why Why Arizona? Well Why Not!

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We wanted to extend a few days in Ajo since we had three nights to kill before our reservation in Tucson. However, when we checked in with Amy, the manager at Shadow Ridge RV Park in Ajo, she said she simply didn’t have any sites we could move to for three more nights. SO it was time to move on…

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My backup  plan was to spend three nights only 14 miles to our southeast in Why Arizona. Why Why? Well, Why not! We made a quick call to Hickiwan RV Park as we hit the road and the manager there assured us there was plenty of room. Twenty minutes after we left Ajo we were pulling into our site in Why for the next three nights. I love it when Plan B works out.

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We came to Hickiwan because of the wonderful reviews I read about the park despite its remoteness. Sure enough no sooner had we set up we were in agreement that this would be a great spot for our three night stay. Our RV faced out into the desert with scenic  panoramic views of the Sonoran Desert vegetation and the surrounding craggy mountains

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After lunch we set out on foot on one of the many trails originating right from the park. These  numerous trails branch out from all directions. Over the course of our three days we walked many miles on these trails. On two of the three hikes we spotted a fairly large herd of wild burros  we heard braying at night and in the early morning hours. These furry little creatures eke their existence in this harsh but scenic environment. It must be a good year for moisture and food here since we saw several youngsters in tow.

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The rest of our time here was filled with reading some good books, exercising and some mountain biking for me where i enjoyed riding miles and miles of the fun desert trails. One afternoon we made the drive back up to Ajo to check out Estrellas craft beer bar and restaurant. It was a quiet little place but a nice respite for a celebratory happy hour toasting our good fortune in our ability to live this lifestyle these last 6 years, and hopefully many more to come…….

NOTE: We are now in Justin’s Diamond J RV Park in Tucson Arizona for the next 10 nights.