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Apr 29, 2017 - Last day at our Winter home.

This is our last night at our Winter home. Early tomorrow we pack up and begin our RV journey to Alaska via British Columbia. Yes, it is a bucket-list item. This may be the only time we go. Time will tell. And there are so many different options in which direction to go. We have talked to many who have made the trip and those who live there. Don't miss _______ and fill in the blank. Exciting!

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Mar 26, 2017 - Family time

Florence, AZ Today was family day as Sandi has 2 brothers in the area. We were up early and out the door at 7 to go to a swap meet with Sandi’s brother Steve to find bargains. What a variety of goodies! Fortunately we were able to resist making any purchases. We then drove into Phoenix and spent the rest of the day with Sandi’s brother Tom and his daughter Crystal. They took us to Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. At Tom’s request, the brew master Gary joined us there. He gave us a tour of the microbrewery and explained how he made the...

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Birds and Blooms

Mar 25, 2017 - Finally flowers

Florence, AZ We are experienced travelers who certainly know the ins and outs of exploring nature. That explains why at 2:30 in the afternoon under the blazing heat of a relentlessly bright, cloudless day we were hiking in the Arizona desert without water bottles or hiking sticks to see a waterfall that was not there. The original plan today was to go to the Desert Botanical Gardens. It seemed that half of the Phoenix population was of a like mind. Failing to find a place to even park, we moved on. Our fall-back was the Phoenix Zoo. The...

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Birds and Blooms

Mar 24, 2017 - Vain pursuit

Florence, AZ We must have good karma. We made it into Albuquerque last night after running through a bit of rain and tremendous winds. We came over the mountains through the pass at Raton, New Mexico, and found out this morning that we were running in front of a snow storm that caused some major problems there. Today we left the interstate in favor of some state highways through a variety of climes ranging from forests of pines to arid desert to snowy mountain roads and deep canyons. We were searching for hillsides covered with golden...

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Birds and Blooms

Oct 24, 2015 - A day of R & R

Florence, AZ Rather than our usual hectic pace, today was a quiet day filled with little things. Sandi and her brother Steve were especially busy setting up a Craig’s List account, transferring music, doing research, chatting with Steve’s wife Eileen and doing laundry. Jim and Bronx shared some serious TV time. It was an R & R day. Tomorrow we will be leaving here so we will be returning to our usual busy schedule of travel and adventure.

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On the road again

Oct 23, 2015 - House shoppers

Florence, AZ Our gracious hosts, Steve and Lee, spent over half the day touring us around their housing area, Stone Canyon. We had a ball stopping in a model home, pretending to be buyers. We also wandered through several homes in the process of being built and made outrageous guesses as to the eventual function of the room. We saw some unbelievably beautiful homes with unparalleled views of the mountains and the golf course. Requirements for building are neat. The lots have to be left as natural as possible. Existing foliage has to be...

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On the road again

Mar 14, 2013 - Exploring Florence

Mary Jane , John, and I spent the day in Florence -one of the oldest towns in Arizona. Many historic buildings still exist giving the town a real frontier atmosphere. I suppose that is why many movies have been filmed here. Our first stop was St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery. Eighteen years ago 6 monks came from Greece to start this monastery in the desert. They constructed a church and living quarters for themselves and guests. Since then the monastery has expanded to at least five chapels, citrus orchards, olive groves, and...

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Feb 4, 2013 - St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery

Today we took a side trip with some friends, Frank and Marilyn, to Florence, Arizona. Florence is the seat of Pinal County, home of Sheriff Paul Babeu (you may have read or heard about him - he is a tough sheriff in the mold of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County - except he is an ex-Marine and also is gay). Also, McFarland State Historic Park is located in downtown Florence. Ernest McFarland is known as the "Father of the G.I. Bill." He was a staunch supporter of WWII vets returning home and needing assistance to get back into civilian...

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Where RV Now?

Apr 20, 2010 - Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

I landed safely in Florence, Arizona last Friday. The drive seemed to go faster as I had to meander through Tucson which kept me alert. I was excited to see Boise (now Bear) friends Sharon and Jerry Lee. Sharon worked with Barb at St. Luke's and we've been friends for a long time. I phoned about 10 minutes before arriving and she was at the entrance to Desert Gardens RV Resort where they've wintered for the last two years. The first item of business was a BIG hug which I dearly needed. Then after checking in, she took me back to the site...

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Mar 20, 2010 - High Desert and Casa Granda Ruins

We were just looking for a place to spend the night on the way to the high desert when I saw these ruins - Casa Granda - on a map and it was right on the way. What a wonderful place to spend the night and explore the oldest community ruins in Arizona. They date from 1100 till 1300 when the people moved on - they didn't disappear but just returned to their small community hunter gatherer living - The park was really nice and looks like it could be one we would consider spending some time in - a little cooler than southern desert but really...

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Mar 10, 2010 - From Bad to Best

After a delightful weekend in Tucson we headed to Apache Junction on Monday. That had to be the worst day of our trip!! I'll try to be brief. Awakening from a night of wind and rain the weather looked 'hopeful' to an optimist like me. It looked 'threatening' to Linda! (she's the realist) After we got everything packed up, we drove out of the park to hook up the Jeep. First problem was that our backup camera wouldn't work. I thought it might have gotten some moisture in the camera connections from the wind and rain. Oh well, I didn't need...

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Mar 1, 2010 - Day trips

We ended up staying In Florence for a total of two weeks -- some days taken up with rain and wind, others taken up with RV repairs up in Mesa, about an hour to the northwest, a city attached to Phoenix's east side. Phoenix is huge, without the satellite cities having a population of something like 1.2 million. Surprised me. But it sprawls and seems like an endless succession of malls of mini-malls and more malls. I think there are some neat parts of it, but we tend to avoid cities as we can, so this trip did not make it to Scottsdale, and...

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