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Staying on in Tucson

7th April 2011 by Helen
Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon

After a long weekend at the Overland Expo in Amado just south of Tucson we are currently staying in Tucson.  When we met Heath at Land Rover Marin, he was also there promoting his company rangeroverarmour, who fit luxury accessories to new Range Rovers.  Anyway, Heath kindly volunteered his parents to put us up for a few days and act as tour guides while we are in Arizona!  Fortunately, they were up for the offer and here we are.

Monday was a recovery day – chilling and hoovering some of the Arizona desert out of the car.

Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon

Tuesday Paul & Jean took us for a walk out to Sabino Canyon, where Paul & Jean explained some of the plants of the desert to us.  I learned why some of the sagauro cacti look so battered – woodpeckers make their nest in them!!  The buds are just coming out and the cacti will soon be in full bloom.  Such a rare sight in England where even one flower is celebrated as a miracle!! Paul also saw a real wild snake up close and we all saw a Gila Monster right beside the path.  Young fish were swimming in the little bit of water that is currently running through the canyon, but as the summer continues this water is likely to dry up leaving the fish with nowhere to go.  With the drying of the river the verdant scenery along it’s path will also go.  Much to our surpirse a lone duck was swimming around looking for a mate and food and finding neither.  It really was a very lovely place to go for a walk, although only early in the morning before the temperature gets too hot.

view of just a small part of the airplane boneyard

view of just a small part of the airplane boneyard

On Wednesday Paul & I took a tour of the Pima Air Museum and Airplane Boneyard.  Even though I don’t really understand mechanical stuff too well I’m still fascinated by it.  To me it’s just such an important part of the transformation of society that happened with the Industrial Revolution.  And at the human effort that went into much of the development, such as the millions of rivets in each plane, each one of them put in by hand by armies of women working in the factories.  All of the planes in the ‘boneyard’ fall into one of four categories – flyable storage (temporary for up to six months before going back into flying service), long term storage (may fly again one day), being slowly stripped for spare parts, or awaiting destruction.  Just about everything is recycled in some way and the ‘boneyard’ makes quite a good profit back for the military.  It was a fascinating trip and really good value.

On the way back we stopped off to pick up a new, donated, battery, as one of our original batteries is no longer holding a full charge since it went completely dead in freezing Montana!!  Much appreciated and a weight off our mind for the next part of the Americas leg.

Thursday was back to work again, with Paul getting some of those niggly little jobs done on the car, while I caught up with some more jobs on the laptop – boring stuff like getting the back ups done before we leave the US.

Getting hot (again) in the desert

30th March 2011 by Helen
getting close to the Mexican border - not time yet so carried on

roadside flora and fauna in the Arizona desert

After an excellent hotel breakfast we headed out of California and into Arizona, watching the temperature guage steadily rising along the way.  The road we were on, the Interstate 8, runs pretty much alongside the Mexican border and the scenery was characterised by desert sand and cacti, especially the huge Saguaro growing like a forest alongside the road.

stopping at a thrift store and a chance to offload some more of the excess baggage we left the UK with!!

stopping at a thrift store and a chance to offload some more of the excess baggage we left the UK with!!

We were fooled by last night’s excellent hotel experience into staying at another Howard Johnson hotel just outside Tucson, only to find it didn’t come up to the previous night’s standard.  Still, it served it’s purpose and we finished the final preparation of our display board for the Expo tomorrow.  Trouble with living out of a Land Rover is it isn’t easy to carry this kind of stuff without it getting damaged and needs to be done at the last minute.

Poland Day 2

12th June 2010 by Helen

Productive morning at Artur’s this morning with Paul working on the car and getting our shower and water filtration system working properly.  Helen managed some re-organising of the on-board office and to get some washing done.  Headed off towards Auschwitz with Paul still driving. Hideously hot and humid and loads of mozzies.  Think we might have been scammed today, time will tell.  Eventually found Auschwitz and looked for somewhere to park nearby.  After wasting an hour or so in this latter pursuit we found someone who told us there is camping at the museum!!  Therefore writing this in a car park with the roof tent up surrounded by camper vans.