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Old 02-12-2019, 04:01 PM   #41
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Couple more things. If you're going back to Yuma or Ajo and have your passports you can go to Mexico for prescription drugs. Before Medicare we'd go down for asthma inhalers for $30 , price here was $90 with insurance. Also Algodonas for dental. Spring training games starts next week, pitchers and catchers are here now. Practice is normally free. Games are not but are reasonable, except for the Cubs, expensive and hard to get. Minor league teams report later their games are free.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:13 PM   #42
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Thanks Drew. I have crossed the USA several times but never without time restriction as now. I never thought that I would Not be bored camping 4 days in the middle of nowhere. We are amazed how well this lifestyle fits us.
Sorry did not want to gloat. Sorry about the weather. Dreadful.
No worries, that's a great thing to gloat about. We're about to start full timing this spring once the house sells. We'll be heading out east first and then start out west later in the summer. We're expecting that the lifestyle will suit us as well. Happy trails!
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:18 PM   #43
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Thanks Tailor, will look into it. Where are you located?

Yesterday morning we left Schnyder hill after we climbed to the top and made some pics. Then we ventured "downtown " Tucson to an electronics store and an health food store" conspiracy"... Lot of homeless people. We slept along a street close to Pima air museum.
The next morning we had breakfast at a waffle house and then over to the air museum. We had a good time .
It is not a great young kids museum and it would have been nice if more planes would have been accessible on the inside even just to keep the kids busy.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:19 PM   #44
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I'm in Phoenix, Arizona native. Pm me and I'll send my phone # if you have any questions. Good hikes around the state, sabino canyon in Tucson, white tanks in Phoenix.
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Thanks for sharing all the pics along your journey.

I think she's ready to solo, if she could see over the instrument panel.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:26 AM   #46
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I love air museums.. if you and the kids are into airplanes, look into the Delta flight museum in atlanta.. and the air force museum at wright patt in dayton ohio area..



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Old 02-14-2019, 11:03 AM   #47
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If you're still in Tucson, the u of a has a world class centerof photography-free admission!
For those visiting Arizona, check out phoenixnewtimes.com. lists everything going on and things to do in Phoenix and Arizona.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:13 PM   #48
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More Arizona travel:
If you like bird watching Arizona is great this time of year. Check out Patagonia in southern AZ. A great place is Gilbert's riparian area. Mixed use, city hall, gym, water treatment, fishing, nature walks and lots of birds including ibisses(?) We've seen coyotes, javelinas and bobcats there.
Also check out samuri sales in Phoenix. Closeouts and returns from Home Depot. I picked up a 12v chest refrigerator for $15. Very negotiable, but kind of an odd setup.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:13 PM   #49
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Haha Don. Solo, if you hear the little kids talk then you would think so.
Thanks Tailor... We are in green valley at the missile museum. Hope the kids picked something up from it. Now at the public library sucking up some
Free WiFi and time to have the kids study and do some home work. Last night we stayed at a Walmart. Tonight we will try a casino. It is going to rain and tomorrow morning we will do another couple of hours work at a public library. Then on to the Clarita mountains and see if a hike is on the menu.
The engine was quart low on coolant. We have a very small leak in a solder joint on the radiator. Our dog is funny when she steps on a cactus. She can't pull them off with her mouth. Pretty darn sharp if you pull them off without gloves.

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I think she's ready to solo, if she could see over the instrument panel.
Exactly!



When my daughter was 8-9 years old, she loved to fly and would insist on the copilot's seat (putting Mom in the 2nd seat of the 172). She couldn't see over the glareshield at all, but she could hold altitude and heading via reference to instruments, and keep the wings level! Could not make a coordinated turn, due to inability to reach the rudder pedals.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:11 AM   #51
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Wow. One fortunate daughter. 172? The closest I got to the pilot in a Cessna is when during my draft military training we had to static line out of a Cessna. Have a lot of memories about that time but at that time they did not seem to great.

Today in sahuarita, az library to give the kids some study time.
Not sure yet if we will travel back up to the Sonora desert museum and forget it and go on to the Santa Rita mountains and then tombstone.

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Old 02-19-2019, 05:11 AM   #52
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Well the weather was going to be colder direction. Tombstone. We decided to go more north to biosphere 2 in Oracle. I had been there in 1994 but then did not have the time to check it out. We wanted to be early so we camped at the closest wally in Oro valley. It had rained and even in Tucson there were flash flooding warnings. . at the wally there were a lot of campers because the local state park had flooding issues. Next morning we were at the biosphere gate at 8.30 and took the earliest tour at 9 am. Very interesting facility, research and experiments. Kids had fun but Sobering reports....regarding the future..
By 2.30 pm we had enough and were tired. On the way out we stopped at 2 abandoned titan 2 ibcm complexes. One of them for sale. With the nuclear 3 min to 12 and biosphere reports I had some kind of interest....
We stopped at the tom mix memorial along the road to Florence and slept there.
Next morning Sunday we decided to rest, bike...hang ..play Frisbee..
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:54 PM   #53
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Sunday at the tom mix memorial we met a tom mix fan who took care of the "grass" , the visitor log book. His name was Dick and I did not catch his last name. Nice guy .he drove a white high top van with a tommix license plate. We had a beer together and talked about his Dad who had helped build the titan 2 missile silos around Tucson.
Monday we drove to Florence to a library but it was presidents day. We decided to take on the cold and drove direction Tombstone.
Made a round along the airplane graveyards and then took the exit az83 direction Sonoita. Camped at the abandoned missile silo. There I screwed up and took a turn to tight and backed up a foot. Result two broken bumpers and a broken light.

Anyhow. It was cold and raining but we kept the heat running. Snow in the morning.
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So, I gotta ask.....it's been a couple months on the road with a pretty good sized dog. Any challenges or issues traveling with a dog? We're without a dog for the first time in many years and we keep going back and forth about it. I seem to remember the west (Colorado and Montana anyway) being super dog-friendly.
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So, I gotta ask.....it's been a couple months on the road with a pretty good sized dog. Any challenges or issues traveling with a dog? We're without a dog for the first time in many years and we keep going back and forth about it. I seem to remember the west (Colorado and Montana anyway) being super dog-friendly.
I put 250k miles on my Golden Retriever in my first bus. We had a blast.

I did run into a few RV parks that had weight limits on pets. That kept me out of a few spots.

I would highly recommend traveling with a well mannered dog.
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Hi J!

Looks like a great trip so far. So much fun! You definitely aren't missing any good weather back home.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:43 AM   #58
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Yes native... I feel bad because all this damage was avoidable. Both the bus as the jeep diesel are pretty rare. A lot more crowns and other exotics around then these vehicles.

Yes traveling with a dog is a problem. The national monuments are not pet friendly and prefer all kinds of reasons why your dog causes issues only to let there trail horse business make them some extra money.

Nevertheless we love our dog and could not imagine a trip without her.

He DonN...is this the Don I think it is?
Much better weather. Last night we had 22F here in the mountains south of tombstone. We were boon docking as we do in general. This time on trust land together with free range cattle.

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So we overstayed in Sierra Vista. To late to get out thru the mountain roads. It is snowing today so we decided to stay put in a.......motel...catching up on western movies.
The day before yesterday we hung out in tombstone..went to the gun fight... And took a shot off the Earp's and doc Holiday.
The next day we putzed around in Bisbee. Did the mine tour...picked up some parts for Dory and power transistors for an inverter I blew up when I was trying to crank up the power.
Anyhow today a motel day...showers...laundry.. schoolwork..
Tomorrow I hope we can move more west. Yuma.
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The day before yesterday we hung out in tombstone..
Is that a 1879 Challenger in the background? I bet that's worth some coin.....
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