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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 16th 2018

We visited the Pima Air and Space Museum on Friday. It has an extensive collection of planes, housed both inside and out on the grounds. We had hoped to visit the giant Air Force "boneyard" facility, but you now need to get security clearance at least ten days before your visit. The Museum is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. and features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres. "The concept for the Pima Air & Space Museum began in 1966 during the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the United States Air Force. Earlier the commanders of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center the forerunner to today’s 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group recognized that the historic World War ... read more
Arizona State Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 13th 2018

On Monday we moved into Tucson. We are staying at a friend's daughter's house until Sunday. Her home is in a quiet neighborhood built about 20 years ago, and is about a 10 minute bike ride from the Loop Trail. The Loop is a 131 mile multi use paved path that circles Tucson, and follows the river beds for much of its route. We borrowed bikes on Tuesday, and rode 10 miles north to the junction of the East and West paths. On Wednesday morning, we rode another 10 miles south. This route was more rural, but most of the time the trail is bordered by commercial and residential zones. Much of it is new, and beautifully paved...and flat! Wednesday afternoon we went to the east part of the Saguaro National Park, where we drove the ... read more
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Biking the Loop

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 7th 2018

We decided to take a quick sun break and do some hiking in the Tucson area. We flew from Bellingham to Tucson on a cheap Allegiant flight, rented an SUV and drove in the dark (with a stop for groceries) up into the mountains to our rental. This place is beautiful, with saguaros all around. The owners live on the property, and recently moved back here from a three year stay in Japan. We took a short hike this morning, and got back just before the thunderstorms hit. The sun was predicted to return later in the day, so we decided to wait til the afternoon to visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I had been there with Luke and a friend's family about 27years ago, but Bill had never seen it. We drove south and ... read more
We flew over our house on the way to Tucson from Bellingham!
Zuni Carving:  This is a piece by Rick Quam, made of black marble.  I bought it at the Desert Museum.
Sunrise

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 14th 2018

Em and I left our house today at 8:15 and started made it to Tucson (2nd state) around 5:00. We walked around downtown and had a nice dinner.... read more
2nd state ...... Arizona

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 22nd 2018

17 Jan 18 We arrived at the long term car park 3 hours before our flight only to discover I had forgotten to book a place for the car. I remember I had priced it but failed to continue through to actually booking a space. We were lucky we were able to leave the car there. We continued our run of luck with a rather nice driver who dropped us off to the airport and we made our way to the lounge to wait for our flight. We boarded the 777-300ER and found our seats; they were very comfortable. After our lunch we found the bar. It was pretty good. We chatted to a few other passengers for about an hour or so. One of the passengers was Jane Davenport from Byron Bay who is an ... read more
The bar on Business Class
Entrance to the Gaslamp Qtr
Walking toward the Mexico border

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 20th 2017

Finally I am here! It's a place that always fascinated me, with these tall cacti and a surprising variety of other plants and animals. I was based in the suburbs of Tucson, a desert valley surrounded by mountains. I stayed in a golf complex, but not to play golf! Complex was just on th eside of Tucson mountain park, which is linked to Saguaro national park. The Saguaro is the name of these tall cacti. They kind of replace trees in the ecosystem, as the birds perch on them, and nest in them as well. Timing was not good for the reptiles, (beginning of December), but perfect for humans, (6-9 Celsius in the night, 18-23 Celsius in the day). :-) This place is known by children all over the world, as the setting for the cartoon ... read more
fish hook cactus
Saguaros cacti in abundance at the foot of the mountain
Ghost cactus

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 4th 2017

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT, THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE PHOTOS (27 TOTAL - CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS) IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, JUST CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG, BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. As you have probably figured out, these travel blogs are a way for Bernard and me to keep track of our adventures. I can't tell you how many times we've referred back to one of our over 60 travel blogs looking for various details, maps, dates, etc. ... read more
May your Holiday Season be Merry & Bright
New Year's Eve in Rosarito, MX
Rosarito sunset

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson October 5th 2017

You know we boarded the ferry with the mouse passenger....well..... When it was time to disembark, we returned to the Rig and checked the traps with trepidation. They were still set, but the peanut butter had gone, and so had the mouse ....... obviously far too smart to fall for that old trick. Or the traps were useless. We drove off the ferry and passed through customs. They asked the usual questions. In addition they enquired “any weapons, any bear spray, any pets”....... we hesitated. Do we say we have an Alaskan mouse stowaway then stand back to see if they rush on board like Ghost Busters and help eradicate him...? . The moment passed, sanity took over. “No, no animals” we replied. We were waved through. That night, lying in bed, we listened to the ... read more
Our armoury, no use at all.
 Inside passge scenery  is out there somewhere.
The perfect house if you dont want casual callers.

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson June 12th 2017

Got away early and drove down a switchback before dawn, to get to the Gooseneck NP. where the Colorado is like a concertina. Arrived right on sunrise. More good vistas. Got a bit of a fright as the Gas gauge was showing empty and I knew it shouldn't be. By the time I got to the next town "Mexican Hat" it righted itself so kept on going. Along the way I stopped at San Juan and Monument Valley NP. WOW what a sight. No wonder Forrest Gump decided he didn't want to run anymore. Its Mesa heaven. (sorry Eric, but I missed the Mesa Verde and 4 corners to come here instead). I believe my trip has been well worth it just in the last few days. And yes Tanja it was worth it just visiting ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson March 29th 2017

Hello from Tucson! Yesterday we rode back into the city and so came to the end of our 4 1/2 month bike trip. It was a bittersweet moment - our bodies are ready for a rest but it's been such a fantastic trip that it's sad to be at the end. It seems a long time since we first rode out of Pukekawa on New Zealand's North Island last November, and we had no idea how the trip would go. But here we are, almost 4,000 miles later, pretty much unscathed, bikes still more or less working, and full of great memories. Instead of doing my usual description of the places we passed through during the last couple of weeks, I'll leave the photos and captions to do the talking. I'll finish instead with a few ... read more
Lunch break
Cattle ranch near Carrizozo, NM
Fire station near Albuquerque




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