Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

we love rv'ing

distant mountains

fresh citrus

our rig


we live on Happy St.

We are camped at Lazy Days, a familiar name in the RV community based in Tampa FL. There they have a huge sales and repair facility with an attached campground. Every January they are a major force at the Tampa RV Super Show. Their presence here in Tucson is relatively new. In terms of facilities and amenities, this campground is among the nicest we have enjoyed. Everything is clean and immaculate. Each site has outdoor table and chairs and concrete pad. Colored gravels mark the spots where to park the RV and where to park the car. The street is wide and has plenty of space for maneuvering and getting parked. The park is dotted with citrus trees full of edible fruit, unlike the park we like in Texas where harsh freezes have rendered the fruit inedible. So far we have discovered two heated pools with whirl pools, bocce ball courts, horseshoe courts and a full service restaurant. We are puzzled by the fact that the campground is only half full. In Florida the busiest winter camping month is February, so perhaps more people will still be coming. Unlike the other campgrounds where we have spent a longer time in the winter, this place has no organized entertainment and activities. We're guessing that this won't bother us at all since Tucson is a large city surrounded by many parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. As long as it's warm enough to be outside, we should enjoy our time here.

Unfortunately we are also glad to be camped next to a large repair facility since our newly repaired jacks are not woking once again. In this level campground we don't really need them, but on our long drive home from Alaska last summer we especially stopped at the jack manufacturing facility to have them fixed. This is the first time we have tried to use them again and they won't come down. Here's hoping the folks here can figure it out without charging us an arm and a leg. We need to have enough cash left over to shop at Camping World, which is also located on the grounds. Camping World abounds with gizzmos and accessories that we don't necessarily know that we need until we see them. There are two other large RV dealers within half a mile of here. We are in camping nirvana!

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