Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tucson...So Far

Tucson/Lazydays KOA
Tucson, AZ
February 2017

I can't believe how time seems to be flying by.  We have been in Tucson for over 20 days visiting with old friends, meeting new friends and just getting stuff done. 

Carol and Ronnie stopped by for a week and were our next door neighbors.  We were busy with appointments, but did manage to get in a nice bike ride, a walk in Sabino Canyon Recreational Area, and an early dinner at Mi Nidito.  Sabino Canyon is one of my favorite places to spend time when in Tucson and I was excited to share it with Ronnie and Carol.  While we were there, we watched a mama and daddy roadrunner building a nest in a tree near the Visitor Center.  Sorry for a blurry picture...they both worked so hard and steady ! Such a treat to see.







We met Sue and Dave last April in Moab and they are just down the street.  We met Pam and John last February right here in Tucson and they are just two rows over.  Jodee and Bill were here for a week and we finally got to meet them.  We all enjoyed several happy hours and visits...its so much fun connecting !  

Joe and I have been checking things off the list.  First off, doctor appointments for Joe.  
We made three visits to Arizona Oncology for Joe's blood work, PET and CT scans, and to see the doctor.  We are so happy to report that Joe is two years cancer free and will not have to return for anymore six month check- ups...yipee !  That means no more hot August stays in Tucson !  Joe also aced his dermatology appointment this time...no MOHS surgery either.  Yes, life is good !





After a weekend of storms, high winds and lots of rain, 






Monday dawned with blue skies, white fluffy clouds, a cool breeze and lots of sunshine.  The perfect day for a bike ride.  We chose Rillito River Park Bikeway.  There is a nice paved parking lot across the street from Trader Joe's (located on N. Campbell Ave.) and the bikeway goes in both directions for as many miles as you want to go.  








We passed a farm and Just had to circle back to get a pictures of the billy goats.  This one was sound asleep with his head propped up in tree.
Yesterday with warmer temps, we opted for a hike.  Tanque Verde Canyon was at the top of my list so off we went.  It's so nice to have a hubby that says he will follow me anywhere !




In another couple of weeks the desert floor will be yellow.  The Brittlebush is covered in buds.












I love this hike. It's short and sweet, steep down and steep up, the canyon walls are beautiful, the vegetation is amazing, and what's not to love about water in the desert.  But, the best part is rock scrambling among the boulders and flowing water in the river.












Just a quick update on Dover.  She is doing great after her bout with acute pancreatitis.  We have her on a low fat, high protein diet which seems to be agreeing with her and with Jack and Sally .   

Well, until next time...

 HAPPY TRAILS !

18 comments:

  1. What great news for Joe! I can imagine how grateful you are not to have to return this summer.

    Those goats look HUGE!

    Isn't it wonderful all the water in the various washes! I just love seeing water in the desert.

    We're enjoying our time in Tucson too...lots of things going on for us as well. We're only at Justin's for a week, then we move to Catalina on Saturday for a few days. I hope the rest of your stay is just as fun...aren't the reasonable temps just divine?!

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    1. The weather has been awesome Lisa...I love the days we can leave the windows open all day! Catalina will be a great place to call home for a few days...it's so pretty and peaceful there!

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  2. With our visits to family in Tucson we've done most of the obvious things. But they've moved on, I've been following your blog seeing all the things we've missed! dang cousins ....

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    1. Well, you will,just have to return. Although I can't imagine why you would want to leave SD in the winter! I love it there!

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  3. So much fun meeting you and Joe, and looking forward to more meets down the road. The flowers are going to be soooo amazing this year - love the ones you've captured already.

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    1. Same here Jodee. It we don't meet before October...hope to see you in Moab! There are so many trails you would love!

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  4. It is amazing how fast time goes. Tanque Verde is on my list. There just doesn't seem to be time to fit everything in especially with all the bike riding options now, too. Good thing we return each winter. Love the photos of Dover and Jack:)

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    1. February in Tucson is a good fit Pam! It's so easy to stay busy and enjoy the outdoors!

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  5. Happy to hear the good news concerning Joe & Dover!

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  6. So much to do so little time, but I will make sure this trail will be on our list this time to tackle.
    So glad to hear Joe has been given a clean bill of health, what a relief!

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    1. Thank you MonaLiza. See you tomorrow!

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  7. Our plan was to spend the winter at the KOA but SIL foot surgery scrubbed that. But our very mild winter has made it work out just fine.

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    1. Maybe next year....it really is a great place to call home for awhile!

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  8. Congratulations on the cancer free. Terry is 7 years and I feel we are really lucky for that.

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    1. Thanks Jeri...and congrats to Terry for 7 years. Life is good!

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  9. Gay, so glad to read about your great news on both hubby and Dover. Beautiful photos as usual!!

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