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Sunday, February 17, 2013

JoAnne is Back

Rick Morgan


Last Wednesday, I picked up JoAnne at Sky Harbor Airport – Yea! She had a great trip to St. Louis and enjoyed spending time with our grandkids.
 It was great to have her back and I was happy to end my stint as a bachelor.
 Before JoAnne returned from her trip, I spent the days since my last post at McDowell Mountain Regional Park hiking the Dixie Mine trail and watching the Spartan Race.



 



 


I had seen signs during the week announcing the Spartan Race that would be taking place over the weekend. I had no idea what a Spartan Race was until I googled it. According to Wikipedia, “Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 1 mile to marathon distances.” It sounded interesting enough so, on Sunday I became a spectator. I think the pictures speak for themselves.







I also found time to take the Dixie Mine hike. It is about 5 miles and I think an interesting hike with some wonderful views and varied terrain. There are pictographs at the end of the hike above the mine – but the day I hiked the overcast lighting made them impossible for me to see.






The highlight of the hike for me was spotting a Crested or Cristate Saguaro. I first heard about these very rare (1 in 250,000) Saguaro’s from reading Pam and John Wright’s blog. Since reading their post we have been on the lookout for these unique Saguaros. As I parked as started heading toward the trail head – there it was. Very Cool.




It rained all day Saturday – a good day to stay inside. But look what I got in my email. Alex (my next door neighbor) had taken this picture of Tiger III (our RV) When I saw him on Sunday, I thanked him and he said that they always appreciate getting pictures of their home in beautiful settings and he thought we might like this shot and he felt the rainbow was a nice touch – I agree.



Monday was moving day as our reservation at McDowell was up – this is a wonderful park and we will be back. I woke to a very cloudy and rainy day and would have rather hunkered down and not moved at all. But move I did … to Casino Arizona. The Casino allows RVers to park (dry camp) for free for 3 days.

Clearly, it was a much different setting than I had just left. Yet, they have a wonderful Cholla Steakhouse in the Casino where JoAnne and I celebrated our delayed Anniversary and Valentines Day.



On Friday we left the Casino and headed south. We are now at Picacho Peak State Park about 40 miles North of Tucson – more on this adventure in a future post.