Monday, August 3, 2015

Last Post for Tucson This Year...Heading to Moab!

Tucson/Lazydays KOA
Tucson, AZ
August 3, 2015

Whoopee...was my reaction just now as I typed the date for this post. I can't believe it is August already! I love making plans! And I LOVE it when the wheels are rollin'! We should be heading north on Wednesday as Joe's stitches will be removed in the morning...
These dark clouds moved in about 4:30 pm last Tuesday.
Our biggest news in the past few days have been the storms. Lightening and winds have made for interesting late afternoons. In fact, last Tuesday, the wind was so bad it blew over a power pole behind the KOA and we did not have electricity for 2 days. Thank goodness for the generator! 

The puppies x-pen has blown over several times this past week along with chairs, bikes and plants. The huge pot of geraniums that were sitting on the table were face down behind the bus :(.
I found my watering can (weighted down with rocks) about 5 sites up and have yet to find a big black pot we keep by the door.

The puppies and I enjoyed the trimming of the palm trees a day or so before the storm. These palms are King Palms that grow to about 50 to 80 feet tall depending on which variety. The leaves (fronds) grow 6 to 10 feet long.  There were also clusters of berry like produce cut from the trees.

Another tree that seems to grow well here is the olive tree, however, they haven't fared very well with the winds we have experienced lately. Lots of broken limbs and even a couple uprooted in the park here. It seems strange to me that olive trees even grow here...when I think of olives, I think of the Mediterranean. 

I did read up on the health benefits of olives. They are good for you and you only need to eat 6 to 10 a day to reap their benefits. Guess what we bought at the store? We now have green and Kalamata (which is really a black olive even though it is dark purple) olives in the fridge. The nutritional value of black and green is mostly the same. And I did read that canned black (ripe) olives may contain chemicals that artificially turn them black. That's a bummer, because I really do like them!  

If you have been to the Lazydays KOA and return, you will notice a big change. Two separate rows in the middle of the park will be covered in solar panels. It should be finished in October.

The rendering below came from This is a first of it's kind Power Parasol allowing some light in, and safe to park and grill under.

Yep, that first MH in the picture is Belle! Ahh, the magic of photoshop.  The picture of Belle was used in a survey the KOA sent out last winter to allow RVers to comment on whether or not this was a good idea. We were quite honored!

With the snow birders gone, this is what our back-in row has looked like the entire time we have been here. Most of the folks pulling in for a day or two prefer the pull-thrus. That is fine by us!

The rest of the pictures were taken along the highways and byways somewhere between Montrose and Tucson...

Until next time, let the good times roll!


  1. It is so exciting that you get to move on out. Hopefully we'll be on our way in a couple of weeks. At least we weren't without power for two days but I really am glad we have the generator - just in case.

  2. There is a lot of excitement when moving day rolls around. It's just something about itching that hitch and the wheels rolling along that brings a lot of excitement. Enjoy your travels.

  3. Happy for you...hope you don't/didn't get any speeding tickets getting out of Dodge, err, Tuscon. :)

  4. Have a wonderful time in Moab! Can't wait to revisit through your photos:) Hoping you have a cool spell while there.

    What an interesting advance at Lazydays! We will be there at some point this winter. I look forward to seeing how this looks.

    Safe travels!

  5. Boy it's a good thing they trimmed those palms before the really big winds! You must have been rockin' and rollin' during that wind storm!

  6. Enjoy the Moab some day will will get there.

  7. Are you coming back to Tucson this winter? We will be at Lazy Days in January. I wonder too if our paths will cross as we head down south. We will be at Ridgeway SP last week of Sept and Durango first week Oct.