After an active and stimulating week in Bisbee, we took a week to catch our breath before we catch up with family in the Tucson and Phoenix areas.
Kartchner Caverns StatePark near Benson, AZ is a small, quiet and pretty park with very few attractions. (No, we didn’t tour the caverns as we have toured enough caves and caverns to know it is not something we find all that interesting.)
The weather continues to be mild with highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s. Our activities are somewhat determined by the wind predictions for the day. Most days it is quite windy, up to 20+ mph, so we take advantage of the calmer less than 10 mph days. Finally we had a couple days we could ride the tandem and a couple of days ABN was actually able to do some outdoor drawing.
Patagonia Lake StatePark is a bit larger and the sites are closer together.
The Wanderer found herself parked between two cute little Escape RVs whose occupants happened to be friends; Donna and Tom from Canada, Marty and Steve from a small town in Washington state. Like us, they are exploring Arizona State Parks this winter. Of course we compared notes over wine.
To ABN’s delight, we learned there was an art festival in Tubac, about 30 minutes away. After strolling, looking, admiring, critiquing (and yes, purchasing,)
we took the suggestions from our new friends to have a late lunch at Wisdoms, a family owned restaurant just outside of Tubac. Great suggestion! While the service was extremely slow (probably due to the art festival crowd) the green chili tamale was outstanding. It reminded us of our favorite dish, Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes, at The Cheesecake Factory. Tubac is a small, cute, artsy town we hope to explore in the future when it isn’t festival time.
Once again we worshiped with the Methodists at the Patagonia Community UMC.
WiFi was limited at Patagonia and we had no cell phone service so we were pretty much off the grid. (We are starting to get used to this.) But we did have satellite TV so we were able to watch the improved Texas A&M’s last two basketball wins. Way to go Aggies! And Captain is watching the Winter Olympics.
Monday, we are moving up to Catalina State Park in Oro Valley, just outside of Tucson.
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