Terry’s and my first SKP Rally – with SKP Chapter 21 was held for the 2nd year at DeAnza Trails in Amado, AZ – located 1/2 way between Nogales and Tucson, AZ – and it was a HUGE success in our journal. Our goals for this trip were to:
(1) RELAX-leave the JOB, TV and laptop at home. IF our cell phones worked, OK – if NOT, GREAT ! Read, take a nap in the middle of the day and enjoy time in our remodeled 1978 Holiday Rambler travel trailer. We are conciously making time to smell the roses along the way and be grateful for what we DO have. RVing does NOT require a $100,000 rig ….. sure they are nice, but NOT if they come with a monthly payment. This rig we can afford without going into debt, and we have fixed it up over the past 2 years as time & money is available. She is better insulated than our previous rig was – a 1996 fifth-wheel.
(2) Test the new air conditioner and enjoy the new vinyl floor that Terry put in to replace the original green shag carpet.
and share a few favorite adult beverages such as a Bacardi Mojito in disposable paper cups printed with “Home Is Where We Park It” and an RV picture …. gifts from our friends at Cooks Crazy Cups (who by the way have a 50% sale going on RIGHT NOW – hint-hint — click on the picture to go right to Karen’s website to get your supply before they are sold out !)
(4) see the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley
(5) Visit the observatory at 8500’+ elevation on the mountaintop behind the RV Resort. It was very windy and COLD that week, but a professional bus driver handled the switch-back dirt road and 28 degree incline from the visitors’ center to the top, so we decided to stick with our plans and take the tour.
On the bus we sat with a SKP couple who are really into geocashing and it was fun to watch them checking their GPS unit for the coordinates of the cache. Yes, it’ still up there … sure seems like a fun hobby …. we learned there are MILLIONS of caches all over the WORLD! There might even be one in YOUR neighborhood. How ’bout that !?
The observatory tour was an all-day visit – some people had made reservations a year in advance because of the limited days the observatory is open to visitors (it’s still an active program with the University of Arizona), but we took a sack lunch and warm coats along.
The RV resort was a popular greyhound race track back in the day which the owners have now converted into an RV resort and they have done a SUPERB job. The entire property is VERY comfortable and very CLEAN (a priority for me). Spacious graveled sites – some with a concrete patio and most with picnic tables – all surround the clubhouse, so it’s a short easy walk to the laundry or amenities inside.
The large clubhouse offers a heated salt water pool plus a hot-tub, which we took advantage of daily. Showers were not spacious –they are original and on the small side with limited water pressure – but were very clean every time we used them. The beautifully appointed clubhouse provides many different rooms for quiet and private spaces to read, day-dream or play table and other games. Wi-fi is available throughout the resort-although we did not access it.
The park’s restaurant provided our SKP group breakfasts, plus dinner on the last night. One night the SKP group bar-be-qued our own meats under the huge covered area outside the dining room. And of coure there were always plenty of tasty pot-luck dishes to share during nightly happy hours and dinners together. One night Terry and I enjoyed dinner at The Amado Steakhouse , which is only 5 minutes north of the park.
The Escapee Saguaro Chapter planning committee really did a super job coordinating the event, the sites, the guests AND the meals – even the resort office staff exclaimed how “easy the Escapees are to work with!”
This is simply 1 more reason why if you are now – or are planning to RV – either full, part or some-time, your FIRST item on the TO-DO list should be to join The Escapees RV Club. Tell them SKP #90684 said so!