Location: El Paso (Trivia: Our tour guide explained that the city got its name from the Spanish word passé – the pass. It is a natural pass between the mountains from the north that reach into the Rockies and the south that descend into South America.), NM, AZ
Audio Book: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Mileage: 2500 miles
Lesson Learned: Survey the map before heading out. Driving extra miles in the dark with tired, hungry children is not fun. – S&C
The morning began early for C as he prepared for a business call on the east coast time. Despite the background noise of wind, traffic from the highway and RV’s pulling out, today’s technology has allowed him to keep in touch with his clients and coworkers. The rest of us were a bit sluggish about getting up and out on the road this morning. After shopping we finally departed about 11 a.m. The high winds made traveling slow. We were entertained by the wind spouts that churned up the red dust into tornado looking structures. Scenery ranged from flat scrub with mountains in the distance, piles of rocks, abandoned towns, horse farms, "the thing" (o.k we were tempted but not sucked in to paying a $1 to see what it is) and lots of land. We passed over the Continental Divide and finally approached Tucson.
Our first stop was the Saguaro National Park – East to see the great Saguaro. We were thankful a ranger stopped us at the gate and said, “You don’t want to take that bad boy in there.” We unhooked, set out to explore and quickly saw the reason the camper wouldn’t make the quick turns and deep dips. On a short hike into the Sonoran Desert we saw quail, hares, a kangaroo rat and many kinds of cacti. We made it back to the camper just in time to get out of the gates by sunset. In our haste we learned the “consult the map before you set out” wisdom. We took the scenic route by fields, caves and cows wandering in the street before we arrived at our new home – Beaudry RV Resort and Rally Park in Tucson, AZ.