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May 22, 2020 - Staying Sane (sort of) while staying in place

We are still at our site in Benson. We’ve been here for nearly seven months now and are getting bored with just sitting in one place. Plus, we’ve had unseasonably high temperatures for the last few weeks with many days with temperatures reaching above 100 degrees. I just can’t bear those temperatures. We spend most afternoons in the air-conditioned clubhouse reading or surfing the web, playing pool or table tennis. The good news is that some states are starting to lift their stay-at-home orders. After nearly 6 weeks of a stay-at-home order...

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Apr 22, 2020 - Plant-demic Tour

I’ve been reading about some of the creative things people are doing to make the most of their stay-at-home time. This weekend the volunteers on the landscaping committee hosted what they called a Plantdemic Tour. Nearly all of the landscaping in the park is maintained by volunteers. Not only do they do the routine landscaping maintenance, but the committee has created a number of ‘pocket parks’ throughout the park. The Plantdemic Tour was organized not only to showcase their efforts but to encourage people to get outside and take...

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Apr 14, 2020 - Lockdown and a New Purchase

We are still “hunkered” down here in Benson. Normally, most of the leaseholders would already be moving on to either their stick houses or beginning their travels for the season. Not this year; people are staying in place. There are about 307 sites in the park. Right now, there are 206 leaseholders still in the park along with 66 renters. Like other RV parks in the area, the park closed its sites to non-leaseholders at the beginning of the month. We are trying to keep positive during this time. With little to do and not much to look...

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Mar 29, 2020 - The Forgotten Flu

Here in Benson, we have two supermarkets – a Walmart and a Safeway. Previously, when going through the checkout lane, we’ve been asked “Did you find everything you needed?” When we went shopping this past week, we both joked with the cashier that we weren’t asked that common question. She then told us the new question they ask is “Did you find everything you can get?” That question is more appropriate during these times. With the Corona virus, shelves in both stores are bare, and I mean bare, empty, nada, nothing! No eggs, no butter, no...

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Mar 22, 2020 - Trip Interrupted

What a difference a week makes! In my last blog just 10 days ago, we were deciding whether to continue with our trip to Europe or to cancel. With travel restrictions in place to many European countries and lockdowns in Spain and France, the decision has already been made for us. We’re obviously not going. It is our second attempt for a trip to Spain and I’m thinking it just wasn’t meant for us to visit there. So now we’re hanging out in the SKP Park in Benson. Any remaining activities in the park such as music events, dinners, potlucks and...

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Mar 12, 2020 - Should I Stay or Should I Go Now...

Some of you might remember a song from the late 1970s by a British punk group called “The Clash.” One line in the song was “Should I stay or should I go now/If I go there could be trouble…” Well, that line could describe how we are feeling about our upcoming trip in early April to Europe. I suppose you can guess that the Corona virus, now classified a pandemic by WHO, is the cause of our uncertainty about going on the trip. We are both in good health so our concerns aren’t about contracting the virus. Rather, we don’t want our trip to be...

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Feb 24, 2020 - Spring Travel Plans

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome onboard Flight DL2789 with service from Tucson to Istanbul. Yep, we’ve finalized part of our plans for this spring. That type of airline announcement is one that we’ll hear in April as we board the plane for our trip to Europe. We’ll first fly into Istanbul where we’ll spend a week. We’ve spent a couple of days in Istanbul 25 years ago but I am sure so much has changed. Then, a four-hour flight will take us to Malaga, Spain. That is our kickoff point for our travels North through Spain. We have stops planned in...

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Jan 20, 2020 - Still in Benson

We are in our third month at the SKP Park in Benson. We did leave the park for three weeks in December but didn’t venture too far. Some people might refer to our trip as a “staycation.” We stayed two weeks in Catalina State Park in Oro Valley and one week at a public park in downtown Tucson enjoying all that a bigger city has to offer – music, hiking, shopping, sightseeing, lectures. The season in the park is in full swing. Just last week we had our yearly fundraiser for the Benson Food Bank. The event is called The Polar Bear Party named...

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Jan 2, 2020 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Art and I hope you had a great holiday. The park had a dance party in the clubhouse on New Year’s Eve. As we did last year, we stopped by to listen to the band. We left a little after 10pm. OK, so we didn’t make it to midnight in Arizona time but it was midnight on the east coast! Does that count? As I’ve done in previous years, I have started a new blog for 2020. We’ve enjoyed sharing our adventures with you and we hope you’ll continue to follow along for our 13th year on the road. You can still access our previous...

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Jan 2, 2020 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Art and I hope you had a great holiday. The park had a dance party in the clubhouse on New Year’s Eve. As we did last year, we stopped by to listen to the band. We left a little after 10pm. OK, so we didn’t make it to midnight in Arizona time but it was midnight on the east coast! Does that count? As I’ve done in previous years, I have started a new blog for 2020. We’ve enjoyed sharing our adventures with you and we hope you’ll continue to follow along for our 13th year on the road. You can still access our previous...

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Dec 18, 2019 - Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory, Benson, AZ

On our fourth night moving west we stayed at Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory in Benson, AZ. This was a first rate private park catering to snowbirds and the 55+ crowd. We enjoyed a pull through site with full hookups. There was a Safeway grocery store within walking distance, so I picked up a few things for the pantry. One reason I selected this park was the observatory. It has free nightly viewings. I went to the office to sign up and they said it was cancelled for the night we were there...bummer, maybe another time.

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Nov 26, 2019 - Tellabration

Except for a couple of dental appointments (a fun time was had by all!), we’ve been hibernating in Benson since we arrived here in early October. Well, last Sunday, we left “the compound” to attend a “Tellebration” event in Tucson. On the 3rd or 4th weekend of November, storytellers and listeners gather together to enjoy an afternoon or evening of storytelling. According to the National Storytelling Network, this is a national event geared primarily for adult storytellers and listeners. We fall definitely in the “listeners” section! By hey,...

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