March 8-12, 2012 - We spent a couple nights at the Gilbert Ray Campground, our favorite campground in Tucson Mountain Park. We ran into cool and windy weather there. It was so windy on Friday that we went to the Tucson Mall to escape the constant gusts of wind that were rockin' the RV and making outside activities unpleasant. Lunch was great at an Italian restaurant, Brio Tuscan Grille, which was followed by dessert at The Cheesecake Factory. The winds died down for the weekend. We moved to a quiet site at the Western Way RV Resort in Tucson where we just relaxed by the pool and watched 'geezers in golf carts' rolling up and down the streets all weekend.
Today, we're up in Mesa at a huge RV park (about 800 sites), the Val Vista Village RV Resort. It has been really warm here today - low 80's. Tom and I wandered a bit to find the pool area and showers. When we returned to the RV, Tom rolled out the awning, for the first time ever, and we had drinks and popcorn outside on our concrete patio. We even took the cats out with us on their leashes.
We've explored as far south in Arizona as we had planned. Mesa marks the start of our return trip home. We'll be taking our time as we travel north to Sequim. It feels good to know that we'll be on the road to home. I've been a little homesick lately, missing my home and friends and routines. We love to travel, but it's so nice to go home, too!