We have never stayed at the Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson. But we have visited here before when we went hiking. That was about three years ago. We are here now because we wanted to see my brother and his wife who are in the area for a few months at their home in Saddlebrook.
Catalina State Park is great.
It is a breath of fresh air and just what we like in a state park. It has level spacious camp sites and well maintained facilities. We have 50 amp electric and good water pressure.
And the views. Oh my.
We are right at the foothills of the mighty Santa Catalina Mountains. And they are majestic!
It's nice weather although a bit on the chilly side (compared to 80 degree days up in Mesa) and can get a little windy.
In fact a couple of days ago, I set up the beach umbrella in the PVC stand I created. We went over to my brother's house for dinner and I decided to leave the umbrella out. I wanted to test out how well it would do in the breeze.
Ugh oh... Not a good choice. When we got home it was pitch black and no umbrella. I walked over to the area and the whole thing was gone. I looked around for a minute and saw no sign of it. Not much I could do about "the case of the missing beach umbrella" until the morning.
Man! I loved that bit of shade. I hated that I made a bad decision and it was gone...My first reaction was "Someone stole it!". Nah -- never ever in all of our 5 years of full-timing have we had to worry about our things missing. And as I found out that wasn't the case here either.
I was thinking, "Maybe it blew away and I just couldn't find it." Or, "Maybe it blew away, slammed into some trees/bushes and broke up and a ranger or camp host picked up the pieces and put it in the dumpster." Or.... Not much I could do about it late at night so I slept on it.
The next morning after the sun came up I went searching.
I was bummed out and then in the distance I saw the umbella!
Thanks for joining us on this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...