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Published: December 7th 2013
Views along I-8 from California to Tucson
We left Anaheim on Halloween and after traveling on Interstate 8 through Palm Springs, the Sand Dunes and Salton Sea we picked up I-10, east of Phoenix and passed our first familiar land marks, Saguaro National Park and Picacho Peak. November 1st we headed to our old stomping grounds from the late '80s in the foothills and attended the All Saints Day service and healing mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, our previous parish. Friday night we visited our dear friends of 25 years and Pat and Charlie picked up their guitars and played like we haven't been gone. Charlie was instrumental in Pat playing and singing church music. Sunday night Charlie and Martha's daughters planned an excursion to downtown Tucson to attend the Dia de los Muertos parade.
Jim and Connie drove their RV and visited us from Monday to Wednesday. We took a day trip to Tombstone and our tour included a trolly tour of the town, a gunfight and walking around Boot Hill Cemetery. We ended the day at the Visitor Center of Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and the Finger Rock Trail Head and our old house.
Wednesday morning we went to Pima Air and Space
Museum. Part of the tour was a narrated bus trip to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base to see the air plane bone yard, then went through the hangers and saw close up several planes including WWII bombers. Jim was very fascinated with them, as his dad flew in them during the war.
Thursday the 7th we took the RV to be serviced and headed to Scottsdale. We made a short stop to see Jim and Connie's winter home, Leisel wanted to see where Spot stayed out of the snow. We said good bye, and were very grateful we had gotten to see them again.
We spent the weekend with Joe and Annette and their sons, enjoying their home relaxing and catching up. Sunday we attended the Cardinal Texan game and participated in a card stunt in honor of Veterans Day.
On the way home we enjoyed lunch with one of my Minnesota cousins Diane and her husband Bob in Sun City Scottsdale.
Charlie and Martha included us in a wonderful early Thanksgiving dinner on the 16th with several of their friends and family.
On the 19th we finally got to Mt. Lemmon one of
our favorite camping spots when we lived in Tucson. We made several stops along the way one was Windy Point and another Hoodoo rock formation an energy vortex that is part of the vortices found in Sedona. A trip up the Sky Island Scenic Byway can be compared, in vegetation and climate to a trip from Mexico to Canada. Starting at 2,000 ft. at the base to 10,000 ft. elevation near the ski village and Summerhaven. They suffered a forest fire a few years back and it was sad to see the devastation left behind.
Just before we left for Thanksgiving we reconnected with Bernie and Cindy, special friends of ours from when we lived here.
The week of Thanksgiving we spent in Lago Vista getting ready for my family's yearly Thanksmas celebration. It was great to be home and spend time with Jason and Nicole and the rest of our family. We were even able to see a few friends especially at mass on Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent.
Our month started with All Saints and ended with Advent a wonderful and meaningful season.
We said goodbye to Charlie and Martha and their daughters
Tuesday morning before everyone headed to work and we hit the road to Scottsdale for the week. We were so thankful for the chance to reconnect with them.
The name of the street of our campsite says it all "Peaceful Lane". Tucson holds special memories for us and we still feel a spiritual connection to the area as we glance up at Finger Rock and enjoy the stunning sun rises and sun sets. We know this will be a frequent stop for us as we travel.
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