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Mt. Lemmon and Agua Caliente Park in Tucson, AZ

We had planned on making the trip back to Michigan in the beginning of May, but plans changed and we even got someone to take over the lease at our rental house in Arizona to make it more worthwhile.

So we packed up, hired some cleaners, and had a going away party.  We planned our trip to visit 2 different friends in Texas with homesteads, stopped at Hill Shade RV park to meet up with Organic Sister and the Happy Janssens.  We also wanted to squeeze in a stop at the beach and by friends in the St. Louis area.

But our first stop with Tucson, AZ to spend time loading up on food from Whole Foods for our trip and last minute stops at the mall for an AZ Cardinals jersey for my nephew and trip items.

We boondocked at the Desert Diamond Casino and it was so nice.  We met nice people, it was very quiet, and although it was close to the airports I never thought it was too loud to sleep or put V down for a nap.

The main goal of the stop in Tucson was for James to ride his bike up Mt. Lemmon, which is the 9th hardest vertical climb on a bike on pavement in the USA.

While he was riding, V and I and the dogs were hanging out the most beautiful park – Agua Caliente Park.

We saw ducks and turtles.  And beautiful scenery.

After James finished, we celebrated with big cookies!

We drove by the ski resort and saw the snow was still being used.

And we caught some great views on the way down.

Including catching someone who was rock climbing about 7,000 feet up!

Be sure to check back for our next stop in La Vernia, Texas.

Day trip to Tucson, Arizona

Yesterday, we packed up and took the day to go to Tucson.  Our first stop was Thai China Siam on Oracle Road.  It was a little out of the way from the rest of the day events, but it was SO worth it.  It’s a small little diner, so don’t let that disuade you.  The staff was wonderful, the food was hot (fresh), and it was delicious.  Each Thai lunch was served with an egg roll and soup or salad.  We also ordered Chinese crab puffs (crab rangoons), which we ordered extras of for the road. 🙂

We made a quick stop at Pedata RV just to look at some Diesel Class A’s.  If we are going to do this full-time.. or even for an extended period of time a bigger rig would be nicer.  A slide out would be amazing as would an on-board washer and dryer.  But again, we are only looking.

We got a text from a friend to check out N 4th Ave., so we skipped Whole Foods and went there instead.  The Food Conspiracy co-op was great!  Lots of fresh produce and bulk bins.  Afterwards, we went to the Hippie Gypsy and Antigone Books to look around.  More time (and a patient DH) would’ve been nice to stroll the street more. 🙂

Tucson is groovy – who would’ve thought??!!