Friday, February 15, 2019

Marfa, Texas

Friday: (02/15) We were on the road early. We stopped above Las Cruces, NM and took showers and ate breakfast. Ham omelets for breakfast. We decided to continue on into Texas. We stopped at  Visitor Center in El Paso for a ton of literature on things to do in Texas. Nibbles for lunch (Beef log and cheese) We then continued on to Marfa, texas where we stopped for the night at the Apache Pines RV Park. We had dinner at a BBQ place called Convenience West. Really good BBQ brisket. After dinner we drove 10 miles East on highway 90 to the Marfa Lights Viewing Area. It’s a Rest Stop where you are supposed to possibly see the elusive Marfa Lights, something like the Northern Lights or regular UFO sightings. We watch for an hour or so and gave up. Evidently they were not coming out tonight.

(GPS: 37.099604, -121.547790)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bisbee, Az

Thursday: (02/14) Granola for breakfast. We visited the museum again before hitting the road. We stopped for a walk in Sierra Vista. We stopped in Bisbee  for a walk and look through the shops. We left Bisbee about 1700 driving to a Rest Stop on I10 East of Lordsburg, NM where we stopped for the night.  Ham cheese sandwich for lunch. Wieners with cabbage and veggies for dinner.
(GPS: 37.099604, -121.547790)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kartchner Caverns

Wednesday: (02/13) Soft Boiled eggs for breakfast. We prepared to leave. Lou and Dawn were off groceries shopping. I dumped our tanks filled out water, bought LPG, and filled the RV gas tank. A very satisfying price for gas, $2.01. We met up and had lunch before heading East on I10. We arrived at Kartchner Caverns in time to get some tour tickets. No campsites available but they did have overflow camping in their parking lot. Chicken cheese sandwiches for lunch. Leftover mesquite beans for dinner.
(GPS: 37.099604, -121.547790)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Tucson Exploration And iPhone Replacement

Friday: (02/08) We headed off into unknown morning traffic to get to the Apple Store on Skyline in Tucson. We arrived with almost 1.5 hours to spare so we went to AJ’s market in the mall and got breakfast. Apple provide good information but we had thought they covered to phone for our insurance through Verizon. Not so. We bought the phone at Best Buy but they don’t cover apple phones. They did cover my Android and their insurance is better. So we visited a Verizon store and no, they don’t do it there. They provided a brochure that had the phone number of Asurion that did cover the phone. However the process is way more that difficult to get them to send the replacement phone. Among the problems was one of their reps that insisted they couldn’t send it to a Verizon or FedEx store because they needed a street address. Actually, that was not a problem. They could identify the carrier until after everything was completed but the UPS Store accepted either. So after starting at 0830 on this task, it was finally completed online at 2030. It is scheduled to arrive today at noon. That part was great. We had lunch at the Tucson Mall in the food court. Lou and Dawn did Greek and I did Cajan. We headed home early and relaxed the rest of the day other than messing with the online phone stuff. Leftovers for dinner.

Saturday: (02/09) Lou made chorizo with eggs and cheese for breakfast. We all got haircuts and showered in the morning. At 1130 we got a call that Dawn’s Replacement phone had arrived at the UPS Store. We headed off to pick it up then went to lunch at the Olive Garden. Then we were off shopping. On our way home we did grocery shopping. Leftovers for dinner.

Sunday: (02/10) Leftover chorizo breakfast. I set up Dawn’s replacement phone to start. We headed out to do more exploring. We drove East on Broadway visiting thrift and other interesting stores along the way. We had a late lunch at IHOP. A little grocery shopping and a bookstore visit to Bookmans and then it was dark and we headed home. We cocked some just pork chops. rice and cauliflower for dinner. It sure does get dark here at night.

Monday: (02/11) Lou and I have been together for 44 years today. Seems like just yesterday. Granola for breakfast. We all went to the Arizona Desert Museum for the day. It is a wonderful zoo/museum with all of the invisible fencing of the animals. Lunch at the museum. McDonald's French fries with leftover pork for dinner.

Tuesday: (02/12) Leftover fries with leftover pork and some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Shower and wash day today. We dropped Dawn off at the Midtown Bookman’s store and Lou and I headed off to a gluten free bakery where she picked up a cinnamon roll. We then stopped at a laundromat and did our laundry. We then visited Joann;s and Michael’s craft stores. Lou wanted some plastic and magnets to make a cover for out kitchen sink cabinet for when they wash their heads there. We also stopped at the Mall for lunch. I enjoyed cajun fish again. Dawn had some mesquite beans in the slow cooker all day which we had for dinner.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Sunday: (02/03) We prepared to roll and headed off to Fortuna for some grocery shopping before headed East on Hwy 8. We stopped in Gila Bend for lunch. We then caught Hwy 85 South into Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. We settled into our new campsite. We had rain from Gila bend and at the park. We attended a ranger talk at 1400 and then relaxed at home the rest of the day. We learned that the park is much more open now. Last time we were here the Southern portion of the park was closed. This time we should b able to do the Puerto Blanka Road drive. Granola for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Broccoli beef for dinner.

Monday: (02/04) I made pancakes and Lou made bacon for breakfast. We then made sandwiches for lunch and hit the road for a tour. We drove the Puerto Blanco Road, a 41 mile loop through a beautiful portion of the park. We hiked up to Dripping Springs along the way as well as stopping many times to greet cacti. We reached the border with Mexico, and took another short hike around the pond at Quitobaquito Spring. Nice spring fed pond with pupfish and turtles. About 15 miles of the drive was next to the barrier fence along the border. Last time here, 5-6 years ago when I visited Quitobaquito, it was a guided hike with armed guards. Nice that the park and border are back to normal, even without s fence now. We stopped in Lukeville for gas before heading home. Lou fixed tacos for dinner.

Tuesday: (02/05) Granola with a banana and a sausage, a hikers breakfast. Lou dropped me off on Puerto Blanco Rd at the Red Tanks trailhead. I hiked past several mines after visiting the Red Tanks. Not very big tanks and little water. First mine was the Baker mine, just a tunnel and shaft. The tunnel was open and a fool could enter.  This fool didn’t. The desert on the way there had singing birds and good looking cacti. After that mine, the trail went up and over the mountain. On the other side was the Milton Mine, it was an open pit mine. There were several other unnamed tiny mines along the way as well. On the way into the Senita Basin there was a gorgeous cactus forest which even included some senita cactus. There are only about 150 of that cacti in the US, all here in Organ Pipe NM. The rest are in the Mexican Sonoran desert. My final mine was the Victoria Mine. It was the biggest mine.  It was a little over three miles more to get back to the campground, a 13 mile hike in all. That was plenty of hike. Lou made BBQ ribs with baked potato and a green salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (02/06) PBJ toast for breakfast. We headed out the 21 mile Ajo Mountain Road this morning. It’s a one way road through more cactus forest. And up into the mountains. As soon as we couldn’t go back, I noticed I didn’t have my phone. So no pictures by me today. We hiked out the Arch Canyon trail. Lou and Dawn hiked out the flat section. I attempted to get to the top. I stopped about 100 feet down form the ridge because the trail became too overgrown for me in my short pants. Of course, no pictures. After this drive we drove down to the border and drove the Camino de Dos Republicas which headed East a couple of miles from Highway 85. We also drove out to Senita Basin which i hiked past yesterday so that Lou and Dawn could see some of the interesting cacti there. Lunch was ham and cheese sandwiches. Lou made salmon soup for dinner.

Thursday: (02/07) Granola for breakfast. We pulled out from camp by 1000. We drove up to Ajo and started East on Highway 86. We stopped shortly at a casino. Lou and Dawn lost their dollars and I had a second breakfast. We continued on to Sells. Az and stopped for a walk. While there we picked up an indian fry bread taco which Dawn and I shared. And then on to Tucson. Along the way we remembered we forgot to dump our RV holding tanks. Not worth a 30 mile return trip but did necesitate a stop at an RV park in Tucson, at a $20 fee, before parking at the BLM site off highway 86 at San Joaquin  Road. (GPS: 32.156610, -111.115531). We setup our camp then head off into heavy traffic to find a AAA club office where Lou picked up guidebooks and maps. Then we were off to dinner at the U-Like Chinese buffet. Really good. After dinner we located the Apple store where Dawn has an appointment tomorrow morning to have her phone looked at. It was fun finding our campsite after it got dark.