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Tucson AZ and Saguaro National Park

Monday, March 19, 2007

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We take our time hooking up and take off for Tucson AZ. It's only about an hour's drive. First stop is the eastern part of Saguaro National Park. We pull up to the gate and the ranger looks at our 5th wheel and asks how long it is. We find out that we can't take the trailer into the park due to it's length, but they tell us we can unhook it and leave it at a parking lot up the road.

The parking lot is small! But Jere insists that we can do this and so we spend the next 45 minutes trying to get the 5th wheel into a corner of the parking lot. It was not pretty! And included a few scary minutes when the brake wire came unhooked and the trailer brakes locked up and Jere kept trying to back the trailer up the hill til he finally believed my screams that he had to stop. So, in summary, it took us as long to park/unhook the trailer as it took to drive to the park :-)

The drive around the park was interesting. We're now in the Sonora Desert, instead of the Chihuahan Desert. I'm trying to enjoy the desert, but it's hot and dusty.

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I'm getting tired of the RV parking lots we've been staying at so Jere agrees to try a state park north of Tucson, Catalina State Park. The campground is a nice change from the parking lots we've been staying at. Nice mountains in the background and the trailers are not right on top of each other. Jere agrees that this is a good choice.

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We take a trail labelled as a birdwalk after dinner, but don't see a lot of birds. Still a nice stroll since it's getting cooler in the evening. The sun sets early here since AZ does not participate in daylight savings time.
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I spend the rest of the evening trying to contact Dell to get Joe's laptop fixed. Very frustrating. We have two Dell laptops, both with 3-year warranties that I bought, for next day 'at home' service. But I'm not 'at home'. After several hours, I finally do get to talk to a live person and after answering a jillion questions, he says that a person will come out to replace the LCD screen in Tucson AZ since we're on the road. With his Asian accent, he asks "What's a campground?" This repair may take awhile :-)

Posted by jengelman 06:56 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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I am not sure which would be worse, the hot and dusty desert or our rainy days that is making all the snow melt and everything muddy and ugly. We are suppose to have rain for the next 4 days, which we need to be concerned about flooding once again, and then possibly a cold front next week with the possibility of "the onion snow", oh yippee.... I am really sorry to hear about your trouble with your laptop, we just got a new laptop but it is a gateway, but I am looking to buy a new desktop- dell.., hope this isn't a sign. I am keeping everyone updated in scouts.. someone will say, "hey, do we know where Joe is?" and I give them the update. So Brian is off to Camp Pioneer this weekend for survival weekend, lovely, since they are calling for rain all weekend, and survival weekend is make your own shelter with the poncho only, no tarp- so Joe, be thankful for your RV.....I will give Brian the Arizona update so he can share everyone this weekend. As always, happy and safe travel!
Robin

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