A New Chapter...for awhile travel blog

Ceiling artwork at the Tumacacori Visitor Center

The remains of the main mission building

The entrance and unfinished belltower...it was never completed before the mission was...

Looking toward where the altar once stood

To the left of where the altar would have been where some...

The rebuilt dome over the altar peeks over an outside wall

A rebuilt adobe house, like those that the residents woulld have used

Inside Elvira's...not at all what we expected to find in the middle...


Our Sunday trek was a bit over an hour south of Tucson to visit the Tumacacori National Historical Park, the site of a Spanish mission built in the mid-late 1700’s to serve as a Jesuit community in the northernmost reaches of the Spanish empire called New Spain https://www.nps.gov/tuma/learn/historyculture/virtual-tour-in-english-for-adults.htm.

The highlight of the compound for me was seeing the church building itself. Usually, sites like this are restored but, other than the roof and floor, this one is generally intact as it was when the site was designated as a National Monument in 1908, unlike the Mission San Xavier from a couple days ago that has undergone extension restoration. To me, it’s easier to imagine the conditions that existed in the past if the buildings don’t look too pristine. But that’s just me…

We started our journey home but since we were only about 30 miles from the Mexican border we surmised that we could get some good Mexican food in the area and we were right; mostly.

We checked online and found Elvira’s, a well rated place just north of the mission so we figured it would be a good and quick option. It was good, but not all that quick and a little odd. I ordered flank steak, what I thought was a fairly simple dish, but it came in a pot of a boiling mystery broth with scallions, cilantro, a jalapeno and a piece of cactus – minus the thorns – in addition to chunks of steak...not what I envisioned at all. But it was good, which in the end, is all that matters. Michele’s chicken enchiladas were of the normal variety, easily identifiable, very good and cactus-free.

As life in Tucson has, like most of the rest of the country, ground to a halt, we have been pretty much house-bound like a lot of you. Monday and Tuesday we didn’t venture beyond the property and Wednesday was only slightly more adventurous; I went to Walmart and braved the apocalyptic-like conditions to grab some things. I only had to wrestle one old lady for a bag of croutons and then swiped a cucumber from another lady’s cart when she wasn’t looking. Just kidding...as far as you know. Other than that, we are in partial lock down and hoping that things improve soon.

In light of all that is going on, we have canceled our planned FL trip until further notice. It’s just not worth the aggravation to fly across country, sit in a variety of doctor’s office waiting rooms (the main reason for our journey) and then not be able to visit our favorite restaurants with some of our favorite people because the places are closed. Once the situation improves, we’ll start looking at rescheduling our flights and appointments.

And in conjunction with the nationwide virus-related closings, all March and April RV caravans with the company we are using for our Alaska trip are canceled so we are waiting to hear if our June trip will be affected, but a decision won’t be announced for a month or so...hopefully things will calm down by then but if not, we’ll adjust.

Thursday was spent canceling all of our upcoming FL travel arrangements and doctor appointments, doing a trip to Chick-fil-A for some sweet tea and Costco to fill up the Jeepster (paid $1.85 for regular gas!), placing a couple Amazon orders and doing some minor house repairs. In reality all I did was replace 2 dim lights in the bedroom, but doing that made me “feel” like I was being more productive than I actually was. I think there will be a lot of that in the coming weeks.



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