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.