I am amazed that it’s been so long since I last posted something. We have been so busy that I just didn’t want to take the time. Now we are taking the afternoon off and enjoying the sunshine in Amarillo, Texas but I am getting ahead of our story so I will go back to Tucson where we last left you!!
Then main reason we headed to Tucson was to attend an Escapees Escapade Rally. This is a group that was started by a husband and wife, Joe and Kay Paterson, that lived full time in their RV and wanted to provide a support network for full or part time rivers. They started this group 35 years ago, and they now have campgrounds, mail service, rv weighing service, rallies, magazines and so much more. There are three generations of family who continue in the effort to serve RVers. We spent the week attending lots of classes, learning things from tire maintenance, blogging, google maps, wood carving!! Every night there were shows either singing or performing magic tricks.
While we were camped at the County Fair grounds we went to the drag car races, as well as a 4H show, we watched them bringing in the pigs, cows, horses, goats and sheep. I think you know what they look like so will spare you the photos.
On Saturday after the rally was over we took a bus trip around Tucson checking it out and stopping at the main attractions. One was a Spanish/Mexican adobe walled fort, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, that has been uncovered and restored by archaeologists.
Later in the afternoon we went to Mission San Xavier, which is made from sand,lime, clay, rock and wood, and brick, it has thirty three inch walls. It was started in 1700, but due to Indian attacks and raids, funds running out, earthquake and Mexican Independence in 1821 the church was not finished for many years. In 2009 the repairs and towers were finally finished.
Right next to the Mission there was a group of Native Indians having a Pow Wow that we went and watched but were asked to please not take pictures.
Our next stop of the day was really an awesome place to explore, Old Tucson. This is where lots of the old western movies were taken. Some of the movies you might remember, Gunfight at the OK Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, Hombre with Paul Newman and Rio Lobo with John Wayne. All the building sets were there, still set up as if they were still filming. The clothes that the actors and actresses wore were there with lots of other memorbilia. We had a great time going thru it all and remembering those who were in the movies.
It was a full day of very interesting things to see and do. We count our blessings every day that we are able to live this lifestyle and enjoy this country that we live in.
Until next time, thank you for following along with”The Rovers”.