So Long, Tucson

Feb 19

We’ve been in Tucson for about 3 weeks now and now it is time for us to head off into the sunset for our next destination. We’ve had a great time here, starting with Alumafiesta and later with exploring the area and catching up with some old friends but we are definitely ready to hit the road again. As expected, being near a big city like Tucson has lots of advantages – more restaurant and shopping opportunities in particular – but it also means that we’re effectively in a big parking lot so we’re looking forward to getting back to some more camping-y places. Given that our next stop is San Diego, though, it might be a while before we get back to a camping experience like Anza-Borrego.

We're heading off into the sunset. They sure do have nice sunsets here in Tucson!

We’re heading off into the sunset. They sure do have nice sunsets here in Tucson!

One of our goals here in Tucson was to get our power converter fixed so that we could try boondocking. When our batteries just won’t charge, even when we were plugged in to 50 amp service for days at a time, we knew there was something wrong. We asked the folks at Sutton RV to look at it but they didn’t do a very good job since they said it was fine but it definitely wasn’t. After doing some of my own investigation and getting confirmation from both Rich Luhr and some folks at Airstream, we figured that the converter just needed to be replaced. We set up an appointment with the Lazydays RV folks when we arrived and finally got in to see them last Thursday. After a nearly comic series of mishaps (note the nearly comic – it was actually approaching absurdly frustrating) they finally agreed that the converter needed to be replaced and then discovered that they didn’t have the part. Fortunately, they came through for us and brought the new converter over to our campsite yesterday to replace it and we are now running at full power again. Hint for anyone wondering why their batteries won’t charge – don’t just check the voltage, look at the amperage as well. We were getting the right number of volts but just a tiny fraction of one amp.

Tin Town in Tucson - it's what happens when hoarders are very organized. They have an amazing and eclectic collection of western memorabilia.

Tin Town in Tucson – it’s what happens when hoarders are very organized. They have an amazing and eclectic collection of western memorabilia.

After spending 3 weeks in one place, though, we’ve determined that 3 weeks is just a little bit too long. We’ve gotten familiar with the area but we miss seeing some new places. From our whirlwind trip down the west coast, we determined that 2 or 3 nights might not be enough and now we know that 3 weeks is a bit too much so we’re honing in on the right period for visiting an area. Of course, this only really applies to us in this specific situation. We’re still very early in this full-time traveling thing so we feel like we want to be moving a bit more. I’m sure we will find some magical places where a few weeks will fly by in an instant.

We're putting Tucson in our rear-view mirror as we head back into California

We’re putting Tucson in our rear-view mirror as we head back into California

I am looking forward to coming back to Tucson at some point, perhaps in the monsoon season. I hear the lightning here is magnificent and with the long desert vistas, mountains and saguaro cacti, I’m certain there are some amazing photos to be had around that time of year once you get past the heat. Tomorrow morning, though, we’ll be hooking up again and headed back west to San Diego where we’ll be attending the Storyline Conference and checking out the moister side of life.

One comment

  1. I love Donald Miller & the Storyline conference looks super interesting. I’ll be interested in your thoughts about it after the conference.

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