It has been a while since we have driven in “big city” traffic so Tucson rolled out the red carpet and threw everything at us. Bumper to bumper traffic, accidents and idiot drivers.
Dakota and I led the way in the jeep while Barb
followed in the big rig. We went directly to the 20 acre Snyder Hills BLM area on
the southwest edge of the city. We had camped here for a couple days in 2014
and found it a nice quiet place to stay. Our hope was to stay there for 14 days
and then find another location. However when we arrived we found it absolutely
packed! There were rigs everywhere and I mean everywhere. There was one open
spot but after a couple attempts we decided that we would not fit and ended up
parking along one of the drive lanes adjacent to the road.
|Welcome To Tucson|
|Roll over involving a horse trailer|
|20 acres of RV's|
|At the dead end but near the busy road|
After our first noisy night at Snyder Hills we moved over to Justin’s Diamond J’s just a couple miles down the road. Forrest, Somer and Lily were due to arrive and we were hoping to get a little better spot for the next couple of days and determine where we wanted to stay longer term. Diamond J’s is a nice park with somewhat large sites. Unfortunately they did not have any sites for that night so we took a $12 sites in their overflow area (They charged us $12 for the jeep and trailer as well). The overflow sites were even closer to the road then the Snyder Hills site!
Late that afternoon Forrest arrived! We have not seen them in over 7 months and it was great to see them….Lily is really growing up!
Between the traffic noise and the dogs barking across the street we had a restless night and wished we were back at Snyder Hills...so that's what we did the next morning, packed up again and moved back to Snyder Hills. Luckily someone had vacated a spot that would fit both of us so now we are snuggled in here for a few weeks. The previous tenants must have had quite the party while they were here because they left 7 cans of whipped cream behind...someone's birthday perhaps, something more interesting? For those of you who don't know just google "huffing Reddi-Whip" and you will understand.
Our friends Greg and Cori, owners of RV Solar Solutions arrived at Diamond J's the following day as well so we went over to their place for a welcoming happy hour. We have not seen them since Quartzsite last winter. They had reserved a spot for a month so hopefully we will have more get-togethers with them.
|Forrest, Somer, Barb, Greg and Cori|
|This guy was over a foot long|
|Touching the Stingrays!|
This hummingbird is sitting on a nest
The nest is no bigger then a quarter
I tried to get Barb to do this but she refused saying they would
probably have to call the fire department to extract her!
They have just about every variety of desert plant there is, they had names by many of the plants so you could learn the plants that grow in the surrounding desert.
|A crested Saguaro|
|This one looks like a fuzzy Dilbert|
|Bee on a daisy|
|No sure what these are but you can caption this one yourself|
Also arriving this week was Jim and Brenda who we had recently met in Quartzsite. They are having some work done on their Momentum and spent a night here at Snyder Hills. We got together one afternoon for a tutorial on blogger. Stay tuned for their blog adventures coming soon!!!!
This morning Barb woke me up whispering "Happy Anniversary" in my ear. Wait? What?!?! At first I thought it was a dream but it quickly turned into a nightmare as I had not bought anything for her....no card, no gift, no candy....so I got ran to the truck (after getting dressed) and rushed to the nearest store. Entering the store I stopped dead in my tracks and knew I was in trouble...... but with the help of a friendly sales clerk I left with everything I needed.....
|Feliz Aniversario a mi Ángel de la guarda!|
Whew dodged that bullet......I am going to give them to her tonight, I will let you know how that goes!