Friday, December 18, 2009

Blue Skies and Desert Scenes

Happy Friday! It was a drop dead gorgeous day in Tucson yesterday. The temperature climbed up to 75 degrees and it was beautimous.

Pam laundry and I went over to talk with Bill and to give him a demo of The Solution.
He said he had already ordered a gallon so he was convinced it does a pretty good job. The full body paint design on his coach has a lot of black areas, so he was interested in removing a few water marks. He used another product to take care of those.

Bill also showed me the storage and basement area his new Winnebago Ellipse . The passthrough storage area is big, plus he has two bays that have shelves which increase the usable area. Nice coach with a very wide pull out tray.

He showed me his Weather Pro awnings that have an adjustment with some dip settings and toggles to set the wind speed to automatically retract. I found the fuse box on the Roadrunner and a toggle switch but didn't see any information in the manual of how to adjust the wind speed. It is set to automatically retract at 18 mph but I thought it might be good to decrease it to 12-15 mph. Maybe I'll call the manufacturer.

After lunch we ran some errands but first we wanted to go over to the nearby Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
The Desert Museum is an outdoor series of trails and information which is geared for an all-afternoon type walk. We were not prepared for that--I was thinking it was a hour tour through a building, and we didn't want to cut ourselves short so we decided to come back another time.
But I did take some pictures of the surrounding beauty.

Next we went through Gates Pass to get to the outskirts of Tucson and on to find a Trader Joe's. Tucson has three stores.

Along the way we stopped for some pictures of the valley. Some hikers from a local hiking club had just come off Brown Mountain. They had a four hour hike up the mountain and back and seemed to be enjoying themselves.
I also took some pictures of the valley near Gates Pass with the blue skies and beautiful desert. This is sure beautiful country. It was 'clear and a million' yesterday.

We also had to find a Kinko's to send a fax to our insurance company so we are getting to know our way around Tucson a little bit. The sloping foothills with the mountain back drops remind me a lot of Albuquerque and the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains.

Today we await the arrival of Kelly from Dallas and Adam from Detroit, so it will be a big day.

Hope you are enjoying the week thank you for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. What a beautiful area! Glad your children are coming and we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday together. Nothing like family!!

    Glad you got to play Mexican Tain again! Pam, I see you finally found someone that could beat you. LOL

  2. Great pictures of the desert and mountains around Tucson - makes me a lot more anxious to get down there!

  3. Be sure and see Kitt Peak and Baboquivari while you're there....

    My folks used to haul their camper to Wild Horse Ranch nr. Tucson.

  4. Hi guys! Finally caught up to you. Sounds like quite an adventure, I'm envious. We did get to Tucson last year - thought the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was fabulous, highly recommend it. Also drove to the top of that nearby mountain that Tucson curls around - the view coming down at sunset was glorious.

    Ron & Ginger