After being in Benson for nearly seven weeks, we decided it was time for a brief getaway. We haven’t gone very far – just 50 miles to Tucson.
We are staying at a twenty-site RV park near downtown Tucson. When we first arrived, I was a bit skeptical about the area. It is a bit rough in appearance and isn’t in the best neighborhood. However, while having lunch on the first day, I noticed the foot traffic. There were women walking with children in tow, elderly couples walking to the nearby grocery store, kids walking alone to the charter school next door, and even a party being held at a ramada in the park across the street. Having grown up in a big city, you wouldn’t see this kind of activity in a really bad neighborhood so I felt better.
So, you might be asking “Tucson? Why Tucson?” With this RV park, it is all about location…location…location. We came here to enjoy several concerts and recitals given at the University of Arizona. The park is six blocks from the recently-built downtown streetcar which drops us off right in front of the music building at the university. No need to take the truck and fight for parking. So far, we’ve enjoyed four concerts and we’ll be going to our last concert tonight. We are two blocks from “The Loop,” a bicycle trail that loops around Tucson (we are talking about 80+ miles of bike trails completed so far!). We took a short ride yesterday, and while far from being scenic, the path itself was in excellent condition with no road crossings on the section we cycled.
On Thursday, we’ll head out of the inner city for a stay at the nearby Gilbert Ray Campground in the Tucson Mountains. The park is adjacent to Saguaro National Park so we plan on doing some hiking and basically kickback and enjoy the warm weather.
Life is good on our backyard getaway!