Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns, near Benson, Arizona, is a relatively recently discovered series of limestone caves.  In 1974, two amateur cavers found a crack in the bottom of a sinkhole that was emitting warm moist air that smelled faintly of bat guano.  They opened the crack to the width of a coat hanger and squeezed themselves through.  What they discovered was well beyond their expectations.

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Tucson, AZ

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It was almost exactly two years ago when we visited Saguaro National Park near Tucson.  That was on our westward bound portion of a car road trip that took us from coast to coast starting in October 2013.  This time we parked our motorhome at the Western Way RV Resort which is located a little southwest of Tucson, a short drive from the Tucson Mountain District visitor’s center in the western portion of the park.  We wanted to come back to see the Saguaros that are such beautiful and stately plants.  Some of the native people believe that the Saguaro embodies the spirit of their ancestors, standing tall and strong as an example to be followed.

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How Much Does Your Home Weigh?

OK, so most of us don’t have to be concerned with the weight of our homes or with the weight of the items we put into our homes.  But when your home is on wheels then you have to pay attention to its weight.  This is something I have intended to do before this so we took the opportunity to stop off between Phoenix and Tucson to get weighed.

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The scales are set up primarily for weighing commercial trucks so for us the Steer and Drive axles represent the front and rear axle of the motorhome and the Trailer Axle is our tow vehicle, the Honda CR-V.  So the Gross Weight for the motorhome is 18,720. Continue reading

Mesa, AZ

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Sunset (view from motorhome)

Mesa is a major destination for the winter snowbirds.  There are lots of resorts in this area which cater to the 55 and over crowd.  We stayed at the Good Life RV Resort in Mesa which is operated by Cal-AM Resorts which has some 17 such resorts throughout Arizona.  This was our first experience with this type of “super resort”.  They have a mix of permanently attached “park models”, which are mobile homes/manufactured homes, and open spots for RVs.  The lots are all of the same size and configuration so that the site we parked on would also accommodate a park model.  The park models are purchased by those wishing to spend their winters here and they pay rent for the space to cover park common area maintenance and the many activities offered.

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