2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadow RV Resort - site 499

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadow RV Resort - site 499, another view

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadow RV Resort - site 499, and another

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadow RV Resort - site 499, and yet...

Tucson to Phoenix,AZ 0 - our route - 142 miles

Tucson to Phoenix,AZ 1

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Tucson to Phoenix,AZ 5 - some of the beautiful landscaping along the...

Tucson to Phoenix,AZ 6 - all of their overpasses are decorated

Tucson to Phoenix,AZ 7 - typical home landscaping in Phoenix

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 1 - on the way

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 2

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 3

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 4 - the start of the 1.5 mile main...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 5

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 6

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 7

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 8

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 9 - they even had a rose garden!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 10

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 11

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 12

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 13 - some very large Agave

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 14

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 15

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 16

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 17

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 18 - a soon to bloom Century plant -...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 19 - a mesquite tree in full bloom

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 20 - a rugged portion of the trail with...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 21 - there were a couple of areas like...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 22 - these are everywhere

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 23 - more of the rugged terrain

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 24 - the Picket Post House upon a cliff...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 25 - the entwined Marriage Tree

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 26 - Lonnie and Mickey

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum 28 - Doris and I had to get in...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 29 - cliffs overlooking the canyon

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum 31 - the Clevenger House using the mountain as...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 32 - inside the house, fireplace on right

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 33 - the mountain back wall

Boyce Thompson Arboretum 34

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 1 - entrance

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 2 - Front recreation area

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 3

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 4 - from the grilling area

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 5 - from under the large pergola...

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 6 - looking across the pool to...

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 7 - the patio area

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 8

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 9 - Nitro - one spoiled but...

Roberts' Hacienda Spa and Resort 10 - time to scratch my back


The trip from Tucson to Phoenix was a leisurely 142 mile drive across the Senora Desert with not a lot of change in the scenery. We are staying at the Desert Shadow RV Resort on the North side of Phoenix. We have 50 amp full hook ups, great Verizon coverage, a clear view to the satellite, and receive about 20 local channels with the over-the-air antenna.

Our primary purpose for stopping in Phoenix was to visit my brother, Lonnie, and his wife, Mickey. It has been a fantastic five days with lots of time to just visit and eat. My brother is half the man he used to be, having lost over 125 pounds since October 2009. I could barely recognize him. Mickey has also lost weight but had much less to lose to get down to fighting weight. In addition to a change in diet, they go to the gym for 30 minutes every other day and then walk 2.5 miles on the other days. They are both the epitome of good health now. My brother is a fantastic chef and has converted a good many of his recipes to more healthy versions that still taste very, very good. They tried to feed us much too much food. I felt stuffed all the time. And they promise me I will lose weight from it!!! I have also included pics of their outside living space which is just like a resort.

We were able to get the Mothership washed and waxed while we were here and boy did she need it. We used a mobile detailing service, McGraw's Mobile Detailing, who did a tremendous job for a very reasonable rate. I sure wish we had them available when we are in Florida! If you need their service in the Phoenix area, give them a call at (602) 702-0717.

Tuesday we went to Surprise, AZ, about 60 miles East of Phoenix, to see the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. It is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona and jointly managed by the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Inc., the University of Arizona, and Arizona State Parks. We walked a 1.5 mile main trail with a few side trails to various exhibits. They have done a good job of showing all of the plants in the desert as well as a few that grow a little better with very little water. It was a delightful walk through the plants as well as through some of the rugged terrain found in the desert mountain areas here.

Tomorrow, we head for the Verde Valley and Camp Verde, where we will stay another six nights.

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