Saturday, February 26, 2011
Visiting Family in Tucson & McNeal, AZ
We left Scottsdale pretty early as we were woken up by our neighbors who started their engine and generator at 7;30 a.m. Between the diesel coming in our bedroom window and the yelling from next door we decided to just get on the road sooner than later. Below is a picture
We were in Tucson, AZ to visit with Aunt Tiny & Uncle Ken on February 13th & 14th. We stayed at Voyage RV and Resort on Kolb Road. It is a very nice park and huge! They have a restaurant, pools, a spa, barber/beauty shop and activities that run from early morning to late evening. The only thing we did in the park during our stay was go in the hot tub (well Ron went into the hot tub) and visited with our neighbors for a little while.
On our way to Tucson we saw a place where we could get the motor home washed. It really needed it as we had driven through snow, 7 miles of dirt road to my Aunt & Uncle in Middletown and rain. Below is a collage of pictures of the before, during and after. The Jeep came out as clean as it was the day we picked it up at the dealer.
These are views along I10 from Scottsdale to Tucson. Isn't the driver lookin pretty happy driving in the sunshine and not all bundled up in a sweatshirt and gloves. I sure love that guy!
Below is cousin Erv and his lovely wife Anita, Uncle Ken sharing stories of his time in the Air Force. Aunt Tiny busy cooking, a pretty cool spice rack (looks like test tubes don't they?) and Erv with Uncle Ken.
Pictures from Davis Monthan AFB. Uncle Ken said these airplanes are checked monthly and can be ready to go very quickly if needed on short notice.
Uncle Ken & Aunt Tiny. Uncle Kenny has always been Ron's hero and it was because of him that Ron went into the Air Force. Erv & Anita and then Ron with Aunt Tiny & Uncle Ken. We enjoyed our time with lots of visiting and eating something I had never had before Ham Loaf. Will definitely be adding that to my menu repertoire.
The morning of February 15th we got up and got on the road about 9;30 a.m. We made plans to meet Phyllis & Len, fellow bloggers, just outside of Benson. We enjoyed a tasty breakfast and great company. All too soon it was time for us to get back on the road
This is the buggy out in front of the restaurant. Pretty dilapidated but was probably very beautiful in its day.
Our drive was an easy one of 90 miles to McNeal, AZ where Uncle Rex & Aunt Erma live. Ron missed the turn onto their road and we had to drive about 2 miles to a spot where we could unhook the Jeep, turn the motor home around and re-hook up the Jeep. Ron drove really slow so we would not miss the turn a second time. They live on about six acres. They have a house, a garage and a small shop. And room to park the motor home. We pulled in and around the gaage and the shop and parked. We didn't even have to unhook the Jeep. Shortly after we arrived we went for a ride to The Lavender Pit and the little town of Bisbee. It is quite the interesting little town. And just as we went up the hill in Bisbee the camera died :(
Shortly after these pictures were taken the camera died. What we didn't get a picture of was the guy with bright blue hair (reminded us of our carnival days).
In the evening after a delightful dinner of meatloaf (Ron's favorite), mashed potatoes, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and corn Aunt Erma & I beat Ron & Uncle Rex at Spades. We also played Spades on Wednesday before and after we went to see the cranes (see the movie below) and whupped those boys 5 games to 1!!!! (Thanks for being such terrific losers Ron & Uncle Rex). We'll let you have a rematch soon.
On Wednesday we got to see a very special treat...the cranes coming back to roost for the night. There is a little lake about a mile from Uncle Rex & Aunt Erma's place where each year the cranes make their winter nesting ground. Sure hope you enjoy the movie that I put together.
Thursday morning came to quick and then it was time to get on the road for our last two big days of driving to Texas. Before heading out we had to take pictures. The three pictures on the left were taken on Wednesday evening while watching the cranes. The three on the right were taken on Thursday morning. Thanks Uncle Rex & Aunt Erma for a fun two days. We loved the great food and all the visiting. Ron says he can't wait for a rematch at playing Spades. Maybe next time we can get Aunt Tiny & Uncle Ken to join us.
And then we were off to Texas!
Sure hope you enjoyed this time with family...we know we sure did.
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