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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Short Jaunt To Tucson

It was hard to leave, but we had to pull out of John and Brenda's Dogpound South, but not before we located and circled their Dogpound North Ranch in Canada.  Yep, we didn't scare them off, they actually want us to come and visit them up there in the wild and frigid North (but in the summer). ;c)

We topped off at the Flying J in Eloy, AZ, both the diesel and propane tanks.  With our stay in the desert of Quartzsite, we ran the generator quite a bit and used propane for heat (it did get a little cool at night).  I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't need as much or either item as I thought we would.  Happiness is fewer gallons of diesel needed.

Originally, we planned on heading to the Famcamp at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, but...Semper Gumby (Always Flexible).  We changed our plans when a phone call to them revealed the only site they had was in their dry camping area, we'd have to wait for someone in the hook up sites to leave. 

We couldn't resist the call of full hook ups so we decided to splurge a little and booked two night at the Lazydays Campground instead.  Yes, it is more per night than we budgeted, but they have a hot tub (actually two) and you know how much I like hot tubes.  These bones were made for soaking... :c)

It is a huge campground and RV dealership.  They even have one of these stores here.

What's not to love?

So we're all comfy and relaxed here.  Tomorrow we have a couple of errands to run (watch out Mr. Sprint salesman, don't tell me I don't know where I went to elementary school!).

We crunched our budget numbers for January and we're only $400 over.  We used a bit more propane than we anticipated (funny how it gets cold at night coming down the coast from the Northwest and into the desert) and we overdid it by eating out a lot. How can you turn down going with your Escapees group of friends to a fine dining establishment like Quartzsite's Grubstake?  In retrospect, we should have passed on that meal.

We did spend some extra money on the food category, too, but much of it was to stock up the Journey's pantry and freezer.  We're getting the hang of this full time life, and we've got plenty of time to perfect it.  :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


  1. After spending some time in Q I can see why you were overcome with the lure of full hooks ups! Enjoy that hot tub.

  2. Enjoy the Hot Tub!! We were thinking of you two as we headed home from Florida. We drove 300 miles the first day and both of us were whipped;o)) We don't know how you did that marathon trip to Oregon!?!?! AMAZING!!!

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails...

  3. If you find time to squeeze in some sightseeing while in the Tucson area, Mission San Xavier del Bac is a great place to go. And we found the Titan Missile Museum interesting too. Have fun.

  4. Ahh, the lure of FHU. I hope when we finally cut the apron strings here, that we can boondock without crying :) I hear good things about Lazydays!

  5. once all the one time expenses occurred it took us about five months before our budget settled down and reflected the true costs of our lifestyle

  6. With all the good reviews of Lazydays Florida, we had wondered how Tucson was. Enjoy those hot tubs and FHU.

  7. good job on the budget!..really $400 over is not too bad considering you are just starting out!..enjoy the FHU!!!..and the hottub!

  8. Well, the hot tub is certainly worth the $400 being over budget. We're enjoying our hoookups too. By now we all should have passed on the Grubstake! However, hindsight is 20/20 as they say and now we know never to go there again.

  9. Thanks again for stopping in to visit with us. I can't wait for you to come to Canada so we can show some of our beautiful country.

    Take Care and safe travels

  10. The propane prices are different everywhere. We use our electric heater most of the time.

  11. Hot tub sounds fabulous right now. Maybe I should book some nights at Lazy Daze Florida assuming they have one.

  12. Lazydays Florida has spoiled us. Just don't buy a new Journey unless you can spend some time there making sure everything is just right. Oh yeah... that's right. As a fulltimer, you have a flexable schedule.