Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Great Escape To Texas…

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After four days in Tucson it was time to leave Arizona. We had originally planned to crawl our way slowly over into Texas to enjoy the spring wildflower season before putting our summer plans together. But this year would be different…

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It was now March 15th and the Coronavirus had become the top news item  every day. So we decided it would be wise for us to travel quickly to Texas in case we needed to stay put for a lengthy time. I had already foreseen the current shutdowns might be coming so we stocked up all of our groceries and dry goods four days ago in Phoenix. Little did I know how timely this stocking up would become.

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Anyway, we changed our plans for leaving Tucson AZ and drove all the way to Las Cruces, NM for our first night out of Arizona. The drive was pleasant as the desert was in full bloom in places. As we drove we talked it over and decided we would stay one night at the Coachlight Inn & RV Park in Las Cruces, NM.

When we checked in the lady who took our info seemed to be on crack or something as she really had a hard time with her computer. We were given a site but it was already occupied and when we called she said to take the one next to it, also occupied. She acted as though she didn’t believe us and offered to send someone over to take us to a site. The man took us to a site which was only 30AMP, but when faced with the idea of dealing with that lady again we figured it was not worth it since we would only be here for one night.Image may contain: flower, plant, nature and outdoor

After eating our late lunch we heard a knock on the door when the strange lady from check in asked us why we were in the site we were in. After telling her the whole story she seemed complacent to my explanation. Yet she came and knocked on the door again minutes later to only leave before I answered so I think she finally figured why we were there! Bizarre…  We will surely never return to this sketchy park…

After that fiasco we later decided to go over to our favorite New Mexican restaurant nearby to pick up our take out order. The restaurant was packed so I am really glad we decided to get our order to go .Once home we devoured generous portion of our red and green chili burritos cooked at Andeles Restaurant…. YUM!

The next morning we were back on the road and drove to Van Horn Texas before pulling in for one night at the Oasis RV Park, a Passport America Park. Our luck was holding as the office was locked when we arrived even though we were told to arrive anytime between 1pm and sunset.  We called and the owner said she was running errands but would be there in 20 minutes. Sigh. 

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As morning came we hit the road again for another long drive to Junction Texas. We checked in at the Pecan Valley RV Park. What a nice place in a remote location near Junction Texas. We enjoyed walking around the property checking out some of the early Texas wildflowers and I even picked up a large bag of small pecans from the Pecan trees on our spacious site.

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Again, the next morning, we hit the trail again for a shorter drive over to Potter Creek Park on Canyon Lake Texas. We have reservations for 13 nights and then plan to move on over to College Station for a much longer stay… Hopefully the Coronavirus won’t change these plans too soon…

These are indeed unique times… One day at a time until the new dawn approaches!

NOTE: We are currently sheltering in place at Canyon Lake, Texas…

Friday, March 27, 2020

Hidden Canyon Trail, Tucson, AZ…

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Before leaving the Tucson Area we wanted to do one more hike through the beautiful Sonoran desert. I feel there is really no better way to practice social distancing than to go hiking. Being outside is good for the soul, the sunshine provides much needed vitamin D and the beauty of nature in the spring is very comforting.

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I scoured the web and found a great little hike near the Marriot Resort in SW Tucson. The trail is called the Hidden Canyon Trail and if combined with other trails makes a nice loop with a gentle climb of not too much elevation. We drove over to the trailhead and couldn’t believe the density of Saguaro Cacti is this area… Stunning!

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When we parked we were a bit worried about using this hike with regard to social distancing as the parking lot was packed. We elected to go ahead and don our boots and packs feeling we could find a way to distance ourselves with our pace. It is amazing how the mind filled with all the Covid-19 stuff quiets when you are in the midst of such beauty. Now mind you we did this hike on March 14th but I was at that time becoming very concerned about the potential pandemic.

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The trail was fairly narrow making it so that when we saw others coming our way we simply got off the trail at least 6 feet away to let them pass. While doing this we scoured the ground to find blooming spring beauties and hidden cacti. This hike ended up being a bit less than 3 miles and there was no charge for entry or for parking making it a great little hike.

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That evening we decided that it might be best if we accelerate our travels to Texas as there were several states beginng to impose travel restrictions or lock downs. As a result we thought it best to get to our 13 days stay at Canyon Lake in Texas sooner than later knowing full well we may get booted out of there should they have to close.  It looks life for now we are relying on plans B, C and D dependent upon the course of Covid-19…

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NOTE: We are currently in sheltering in place at Canyon Lake, Texas…