Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog


Yesterday we reported for the jack controller installation at the Lazy Days repair facility at 8:30am. We went out to breakfast, went shopping and returned to find that the motor home was sitting right where we had left it. Lazy Days has a nice customer lounge so we read and downloaded magazines and podcasts with their speedy internet service. 2pm and the motor home still had not moved. I felt so annoyed, but stopped to think how much I would have appreciated an uninterrupted two hours to read back in my working days. Once the tech finally got to it the install took less than an hour, but we left so late we drove the beginning of the rush hour in Tucson and the end of rush hour in Phoenix. By the time we got to the campground, the office was closed and a volunteer with a golf cart was paged to lead us to the site.

A few years ago three campgrounds were merged into one big one here. Our guide knew we were assigned to site #75, but did not realize there were three site #75's. We wove through one narrow street after another and found the site he had in mind already had someone in it. Eventually the mystery was solved and we were parked right next to an orange tree. We can pick a piece of fruit every time we open the door. And the jacks work! We can open the cabinets without the doors flopping shut. When I am putting on mascara and Ken walks around inside, I'm not in danger of putting my eye out from the bobbing. It's a wonderful thing.

In past years when we left home for the winter, I would feel like we were leaving family and friends behind and were pretty much on our own. Many of our old friends and neighbors think we're a bit weird when we are gone from home so much of the year. But over time we've met new friends from the RV'ing world on caravans and through our podcast and it's been fun to spend time with people as restless as we are.

Today we drove to Casa Grande to visit Larry & Cathy who were in the Mexico caravan in 2007. At that time they were full time RV'ers, but now they have a home base with a fully equipped RV parking spot for their motor home, which functions as a guest space when visitors stop by. When you live in Arizona you can be pretty popular in the winter. They gave us advice about Quartzsite where we are headed next and we talked about a trip together to the Canadian Maritimes in the future. More adventures ahead.

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