Arizona was all that we hoped for - lots of sunshine and warm temps and desert scenery. Our first excursion was to Tombstone, which really hasn’t changed that much since the Earps had their famous shootout at the OK corral. We had lunch there and took a trolley tour and stopped at Boot Hill to see the graves of the famous and not famous. We planned to have some service done on the car, so next day we hung around the camp. After that we went to Saguaro National Park-West and enjoyed the unique landscape of that desert. Besides the Saguaro cactus that only grows in AZ, the high point of the trip was that we actually saw a real roadrunner! (No Wile E. Coyote.) We also went to Old Tucson, which is the setting of countless western movies and TV shows. It was really fun to see and touch all those props and sets and see lots of characters in period clothing strolling about the town. While in the desert we discovered there were other problems with the car, so it was back to the dealer next day. However, they gave us a cute little red Chevy something-or-other on loan for the day. We were able to see the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, which was another great take. While in Tucson, we got to visit a friend that I have known since I was about five or six years old. Our families were very close growing up and we spent many weekends together over the years. I hadn’t seen Donna in over 30 years, but it felt like it was just last week. After Tucson, we went to Phoenix and visited with our friend Harriet, who moved to Scottsdale several years ago. The three of us plus Stella took a great hike in Lost Dog Wash Trail. It was more beautiful desert scenery. Then next day Harriet and I went to the ballet in Phoenix. That was a real treat! While in the area, Ed’s cousin Richard (who we visited in VA) happened to be Scottsdale taking care of some business for his mom. We got together and took another hike and had a bite to eat. Besides the beautiful scenery of Arizona, we really enjoyed visiting with friends and family we haven’t seen in a while. Claudia
Ed and Claudia always dreamed of retiring and travelling the country in their motorhome. They retired in 2013 and this is the continuing story of their adventures on the road.