We arrived in Tucson on New Year's Day. Many of you may remember that we attempted to do this trip last February, but cancelled the trip when the truck broke down 30 minutes from our home. But, please allow me to backtrack one day.
We left a resort-style RV park in Albuquerque, NM with all of the comforts of home and drove south almost to the Mexican border. It was going to be a shorter drive than previous days, so we had moments of grumpiness because I wanted to stop several times along the trip to explore and Troy wanted to just get to the state park we were staying at that night. We made it to Rockhound State Park in time for an evening hike which made us all happy. All of the electric sites were taken, so we ended up "dry camping" or "boondocking" here by accident. The night was still below freezing, but we had plenty of propane to run the furnace. The only thing we didn't know is how long our batteries would last. RVers typically have a pretty thorough understanding of their power needs and usage. It is a daily game of knowing what to use and how much so you don't run out of power before the next campground with electricity or before the sun shines on your solar panels to top your batteries off again. However, since we had always been in a full hook up campsite with our Airstream, we had no idea of how long our batteries would last running the furnace blower all night or turning lights on or using the water pump to flush the toilet. So, we decided to only use our 6 LED lights and run the furnace at 60 degrees so it wouldn't run so often. We did fine. The batteries were still half full when we left the next morning. Overall, Rockhound was a great stop for us. Good hiking. Very quite and peaceful. The campsites are spread out so you don't have any neighbors nearby. It was a great one night layover on the way to Tucson.
So, we are back to the beginning of this entry. New Year's day is the day we arrived at Lazy Days in Tucson. It was amazing. Well-manicured, swimming pool, hot tub, full hook ups so we could go power crazy. There was even a little fruit tree at our campsite. We hated the thought of heading out again the next day, but we were meeting friends for Boondocking 101 at Anza Borrego in 2 days, so we had to press on. Our only consolation was that we would be back in February to stay there for a week at Alumafiesta...and "swim everyday" in Silas' words.
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