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Dec 11, 2018 - Shady Business Practices

Here is Art's take on our experience with Verizon. (Art writing) After nearly 10 hours spanning three days, we finally have upgraded our flip phone to a smartphone and replaced our router to a jetpack … we think! Connie has given her opinions in the blog but I wanted to talk about some of the shady practices, from my perspective, that Verizon is currently doing. There were a number of charges we incurred that were never mentioned during our initial upgrade discussion. After a while it got very confusing as to what each of the bills was for....

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Dec 10, 2018 - Feeling Dumb

We are still in the Tucson area but have moved on to Catalina State Park which is about 14 miles north of downtown. Since we’ve been here, I’ve been feeling a little bit dumber and it is all because of our Smartphone. Yes, you heard that right; we’ve dumped our eight year old 3G flip phone and bought a Smartphone. We’ve also upgraded our equally old aircard to a 4G Verizon jetpack. By the end of next year, we would have been forced to upgrade to a phone that supports 4G whether it be a newer flip phone or Smartphone since Verizon will be...

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Feb 26, 2016 - House Closing

As mentioned in the last blog, our plan was to rent a U-haul trailer in Mission and take a load to our home in Oro Valley, Arizona. Although we bought the house without physically seeing it (our Realtor did a great job), we wanted to be there for the walk through and closing on Feb 2. With the help of some neighbors, we loaded up the U-Haul to the brim and headed out on the 28th ofJanuary. Not wanting to push our luck with a breakdown, we stuck to the recommended speed of 55 (yawn)and planned for three days on the road. We decided to take...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Dead-eye Dick

Oro Valley, AZ The 18th century Mission San Xavier del Bac is an historic Spanish Catholic mission on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with original statuary and mural paintings, all amazingly brightly colored. The site is also known as the “place where the water appears”, as there were once natural springs in the area. San Xavier has an elegant white stucco Moorish-inspired exterior so it is often called “the white dove of the desert”. It is...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Tonto National Monument

Oro Valley, AZ We traveled through beautiful country again today, still in the mountains of Arizona. When we came to gigantic Roosevelt Lake in the Salt River Valley, we took a quick side trip, stopping at Tonto National Monument to see some cliff dwellings. This required a hike up a very steep trail that ascended 350’. It left us gasping for breath but our surroundings made up for it. We walked among huge saguaro cactus, prickly pear cactus and spiky teddy bear cholla (cactus). We spotted several cactus wrens and a really big tarantula...

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Jan 2, 2013 - A New Year and A New Journal

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe it is 2013. After 2-1/2 months, we have left Benson and are currently in Catalina State Park just north of Tucson for three days. We plan to enjoy the warmer weather and do a couple of hikes. Next stop – Mesa, Arizona. As I did last year, I’ve decided to start a new Journal for our 2013 travels. As always, you’ll get an email when I make a post. You’ll also be able to access our previous journals and current journal by using the dropdown menu located on the upper right corner of our homepage. Our...

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Feb 20, 2012 - Spring

Monday we went for hikes on two different trails and focused more on the flowers plants are producing. The cactus plants will produce fruit that the birds will eat. On some of the ground shrubs more seeds will emerge, again for bird and squirrels. And if the squirrels are well fed then the hawks will have plenty to eat. And so on. There were some very delicate white flowers that seemed almost out of place with all other plants producing orange, yellow, or red flowers. I also took a photo of a very old Saguaro with more arms that Marici (the...

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Feb 18, 2012 - Catalina State Park

The weather here has thrown us a little curve with temperatures at night falling into the 30’s and daytime temps in the high 50’s or low 60’s. There has been a little rain but not at all like we would experience at home. So we have kept a lower profile than planned the past few days. We have checked out hiking trails, local shopping, and made tentative plans for things to do in the next 10 days. Today we went to a farmers market and to a classic car show. The market was small (30 vendors) but diverse. Traditional farmers, meat, nuts, bread...

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