Saguaro National Park

Yesterday we went to Saguaro National Park West. We saw a 15 minute slide show in the visitor center and then took the Bajada Loop drive, which is a very bumpy dirt road. After the first couple thousand saguaro cacti, they all start to look alike.



It looked like some of the Mickey Mouse….er….Prickly Pear cacti were starting to bloom??



I was sitting in my lawn chair in the shade the other day when I heard a loud buzzing sound, and a beautiful hummingbird flew right up to my face and hovered there for a few seconds!  At the park I found out, it was an Anna’s Hummingbird. Here’s a photo I got from the internet; isn’t it gorgeous?! A lot of RV’ers bring hummingbird feeders with them. I am thinking about buying one.


Deb and I went to the Casino del Sol the other day. We signed up for their club and got $5 in free slots play plus a coupon for 50% off food.  I lost my $5 in less than a minute so I went and had a delicious chocolate soda at Moby’s (only $2 with my coupon!). Then I lost another $7 of my own money very quickly and called it quits. I HATE myself for squandering that much money.  Deb ate at the buffet for only $7.50 with her coupon, and said it was incredible. I hate her. Oh…no I don’t, but I wish I’d just eaten instead of blowing it on slots. She also spent money on slot machines. I guess I should just limit my slot machine playing to my Kindle, but there’s always that slight chance that you’ll win BIG! (I often win big on the Kindle!)  Now I am craving chocolate sodas.

Deb’s thinking about going to Wal-Mart to get new tires for her truck today. I’m thinking about washing my hair, that’d be my big project for the day! (And I may not get around to it)  Deb and I are falling into a pretty good routine; neither of us are morning people so somewhere around 11 a.m. one of us will check  to make sure the other is not dead, and then go back to our important job of reading.

The weather has been wonderful…around 70 degrees daytime! It’s supposed to be hot (84) both tomorrow and Friday. I think we are going to get all hitched up and ready to go on Thursday evening, then leave Friday for Wickenburg, and drive during the hottest part of the day.  The temps look great there; mid-70’s daytime and mid-40’s nights.







Fortuna Pond

Last night we stayed at Casino del Sol near Tucson.  Everyone raves about the RV parking there but I didn’t really see anything special about it, just another huge parking lot. I had read that there were electrical outlets on the light poles but that was not true.  I accidentally parked right next to one of the main thorofares in and out of the casino, so it was a bit noisy, especially when the guy with a big diesel truck stalled and couldn’t get it started again, right next to me!  I heard the hood open and slam shut 3 times before he finally got it going and went away.  Other than that though, it was a real OK place to park.  It got down to 25 degrees last night but we kept warm enough with the small heater.  It’s supposed to be 35 tonight here and then going up to lows in the 40’s; that’ll be great!

I decided to move on to Yuma today. Tomorrow I will see about getting a dental appointment over the border in Los Algodones.  I found the name of a good dentist on another blog, so I’ll try her.

We are at Fortuna Pond (or Fortuna Lake) BLM land.

It’s really a pond. But quite a pretty place to camp for 14 days free!  It’s only about 8 miles from Yuma and I’m getting 4 bars on ATT and 3 bars on Verizon, so that’s great!  The rigs are parked fairly close together here, all lined up along the edge of the lake. My neighbors on both sides have dogs too and they’re noisier than Roxie so all will be well, we won’t be offending anyone. It’s all very loose sand here and I probably parked wrong; my door is facing the road where it could get pretty dusty. And the road is less than 10′ away!  Oh well.  I do have a great view out my big side window though, so that’s nice.  I’ll deal with the dust if and when it happens. Seems like people drive pretty slowly along here.


I see a lot of people fishing but I don’t see anyone catching anything.  I still haven’t decided if I’m going to buy an AZ fishing license, but since it costs $55, probably not.  I’d have to catch an awful lot of fish to justify that expense.


Those are two little duckies just landing (above).  I don’t know what kind they are but maybe I can get a decent close-up of them later and someone can tell me.