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Feb 17, 2007 - Tombstone

A trip to Tombstone was the first planned activity. Thankfully Jo Ella and Gary and Jo Ella's parents, Mary and J.E. have been here before. We arrived in town early to get our tickets to all the shows etc. We strolled around town until time for the Historama, "a dramatic multimedia presentation of Tombstone's colorful past". It was interesting and probably the best thing we saw all day. Next we met Doc Holiday for a presentation on his life and a lesson on playing Farro. Gary and Sherri were among the "volunteers" chosen from the audience...

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Feb 16, 2007 - Goodbye Casa Grande

This morning we were up early packing and hitching up. Thank you Nick and Terry for a great rally. We look forward to attending again next year. After good byes and many hugs, we got in line with Motorhome05 and Jim and Sherri Reed to caravan to St. David about 120 miles to the south. We had an uneventful trip and checked into the St. David Western Horizon RV park. We met Jo Ella's parents and they have joined us here. We are all three parked close to each other, but Jim and Sherri are parked in Benson. We got all set up and went to town...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Benson and Tombstone, AZ

ON THE ROAD AGAIN.....SOUTHEAST ARIZONA February 11, 2007 We began our 2007 adventures in our new rig with a "shakedown" ( hopefully not "breakdown") trip to SE Arizona. We started this trip back on December 29 and got all the way from Mesa AZ to Chandler AZ, or about 12 miles, when we blew a tire. So, $200 lighter in the pocket, we returned home, ordered 6 new tires with the SmarTire System from Camping World (you don't want to know how much lighter we were after that little shopping trip) and then waited for some warm weather to travel...

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Ron and Jane 2006

Feb 9, 2007 - Benson, AZ - second leg

this was just to show the route we took from Gila Bend area thru Casa Grande down to Benson...about 200 miles. We are staying at the Butterfield RV resort in town. It has its own observatory and they put on a show every night if not cloudy. I'm sure we will go there. Also lots of other stuff to see in the Tombstone, Cochise Mountain area. We will be here for a week and then probably head to New Mexico. Here are the pics from our stay in the desert.

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Jan 12, 2007 - Nogales, Tombstone

San Xavier del Bac Mission was established in 1692. Sometimes called the American Sistine Chapel, it is a beautiful work of Spanish Colonial Art. It also constitutes the northern frontier of Spanish colonial expansion inland. Along the Pacific coast the Spanish colonial influence went up to the Bay of San Francisco where it met with the influence of Russians who had a settlement just north of the Bay. It is interesting to compare the Spanish colonial style with the Anglo-Saxon one. The Spanish very effectively used the church and the army...

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Jan 12, 2007 - Tombstone Territory

We stopped at an incredible roadside rest on the way to Benson called Texas Peak The uplift shown in the stones was really remarkable. We didn't stay at the SKP park because we heard it was really crowded, so we stopped at the Red Barn RV which is Passport America and even though we had a little traffic noise, it wasn't too bad and was certainly inexpensive. Our friends Barb and Dave from the class of '06 were staying at St. David - not too far away, so they came and got us and we all went to see Tombstone of the legendary fight at the OK...

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Two Hams in a Can

Jan 11, 2007 - Benson, AZ

We got on the road today at 10 am. We are not exactly early risers and since we only plan on driving 250 miles we are in no rush. It did not rain but the cold front has moved in. We ran our ceramic heater all evening and night. We stopped for the night at Cochise RV Resort. It is the same place we stayed at last year with our friends Jeff and Darci Shoaf. As you can see in the picture the front has hit us, but no rain out here in the desert. Tomorrow we are going to drive a little further. I want to stay put on Sunday so we can watch the...

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Yucatan 2007

Jan 5, 2007 - Onward to Benson, Arizona

Benson, Arizona is a sleepy town that is the gateway to a number of southern attractions and home of many RV winter parks. We are staying at the Butterfield RV park which is in town and has a number of amenities. This morning (1/11/07) I went to the community hall and had some donuts that were supplied by an RV dealer in Tucson. Apparently they come to a number of RV parks to show off their coaches and offer free donuts. The cake ones were delicious! We spent our first day in Benson checking the layout of the town, finding the important...

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Jan 4, 2007 - Huachuca AZ

This week we headed a couple of hundred miles south to Huachuca, about an hour southeast of Tuscon. We keep looking for hot weather, but I guess you have to go to New York or something because it certainly isn't in Arizona. It finally got in the sixties, but the nights are cold. Kind of interesting being this close to Mexico and getting our first look at the attempts to secure the border. There's a border patrol blimp visible, and we have had to pass through two check-points so far. Bisbee is an interesting town about 45 minutes from our...

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Dec 23, 2006 - St. David, AZ

December 22 - Arrived at the Western Horizons Resort at St. David today thinking that our Coast to Coast membership was going to get us in. Seems as C2C is no longer available at WHR, so we were allowed to stay only if we would listen to a sales pitch for membership in this program. I have been doing some research on this for some time, and had been interested in looking into this anyway. So we got a free site for four days and night for our agreement to sit in on the sales pitch. Not a bad deal. We wanted to stay here through Christmas...

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Turney Travels 2007

Dec 18, 2006 - Benson-tombstone visit

Monday December 4 .....Leaving Uncle Clyde's & Aunt Maryruth's, while driving I-10 through the desert we listened to a audio book Aunt Maryruth gave us. The audio books sure help pass the hours. I talked Bob out of Walmarts parking lot. We passed a huge Walmarts at exit 136. It's going to much to cold tonight. I want the comfort of electric. He found a RV Park off exit 134 in Midland TX. We snuggled in nice and warm :) We're thinking have to get below Interstate I-10 in the winter months to be warm. Tuesday, December 5, Up...

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Nov 26, 2006 - What is a Cactus Wren?

More about Cactus Wrens later. You may recall, back in May when we were in Utah, we reported that we had finally gotten our leased site in Benson, Arizona. We're on that site now, been here a week. We signed up for the site "site-unseen" and didn't know what a gem we had selected. They told us there was a "shed" with some problems we'd have to fix when we got here. Many of the sites here have a "casita," a building that may have electricity, plumbing, separate bathroom and/or laundry facilities. Ours was a "shed" with electrical...

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