First on the agenda is to stash my trailerThe Escapees rally charges registration by the trailer (over 900 rigs have registered!!) but each trailer can have 2 adults – so Julie and I are doubling up and will be sharing her trailer for the week (2 adults, 1 dog, 1 ornery cat – oh my!).
Julie has a friend in Tucson who thought my trailer would fit in her driveway – so that was our first stop. After a little creative hand waving, I got backed up her rather steep and long driveway to a perfect spot. We spent a lovely afternoon with Mary in her peaceful, shady garden while Scruffy and Mary’s dog (a Rhodesian ridgeback/Labrador mix) played in the yard. Chaco was very playful and yet very gentle with Scruffy.
That night, I heard a loud bump on the top of the trailer and then the pitter pat of feet. Looking through my ceiling fan vent was Mary’s very large yellow tabby cat! I was reminded of the old ‘Incredible shrinking man’ movie when the housecat was stalking the shrinking man who took shelter inside a dollhouse. I felt like I was in a dollhouse with a giant cat peering down through the vent.
The next day we took off in Julie’s trailer to see Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Sabino Canyon is a very pretty area for hiking; no private cars are allowed but a shuttle runs up and down the canyon and you can get on/off at stops to hike or enjoy the views. Worth a lot more time than we had to give it on this trip.
This crested saguaro was spectacular! No one really knows why this mutation happens – but it’s pretty cool.
The cactus is beginning to bud out and bloom. We saw a lot of barrel cactus starting to bloom.
Tomorrow, we drive over to the rally to get settled and pick up our registration materials. Should be a fun week!!