On to Tucson

Tucson, AZ

We left Picacho Peak early last week and made the short drive down to Tucson, where we will stay through the holidays.  We have a nice site at Tucson/ Lazydays KOA with a large patio, grapefruit tree, and a grass area surrounded by shrubs.

This is a large park with many, many pull-through sites as well as some back-ins.  We have always stayed here in the winter and the weather is usually cool and sunny.  But we know that for most of the year it is still sunny but very hot.  To bring more business to the park during those times of the year the park recently constructed two very large covers over two of the long row of pull-through sites.

We didn’t want a site under the cover as the sun is necessary to keep the coach warm this time of year.  Also, if you are in one of the sites that point north and you have a satellite dish on the front of your motorhome, you may have a problem.

Our daughter, Jessica, is flying out from Pennsylvania on Christmas Day so we are saving some of the best hiking for her stay.  But to keep old legs in “hiking shape” we have done a few hikes in nearby Tucson Mountain Park.  The hikes have been between five and six miles and the terrain is flat so they don’t feel very long.

But the scenery made the hikes very interesting.  If you read this blog, you know that when we are in Utah the posts are filled with rocks.  When in southern Arizona what would you expect to see?


The nimble hiker focuses herself on finding the elusive Crested Saguaro, so we spend much of our hiking time scanning the horizon for these rare creatures.

Crested barrel cactus

Saguaro cacti come in all shapes and sizes, making any hike through the desert interesting.

This guy is probably over two hundred years old!

They went that-a-way

Once Jessica arrives we plan on doing some of the classic hikes around Tucson.  More on that later . . .

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34 Responses to On to Tucson

  1. explorvistas says:

    Those covers are a neat idea, but they look a bit ‘industrial’. Maybe if the pillars were painted tan…hmmmmm. I do like the fact they are producing power!

    Love the crested saguaros!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, Jim and Diana, the covers look very industrial. Not at all attractive. But I am sure people will enjoy them in the hot months. And, yes, it is nice that they are producing power:)

      There will be more crested saguaro to come…beware!

  2. pmbweaver says:

    That is one beautiful spot!
    Kelly, Dave and Carrie never heard of a Crested Saguaro. Sooooo, of course, I had to pull up your posts….since you are the King and Queen of finding Crested Saguaros. They love them. They laughed at how many of them are shaped. Dave even had some names for them…which I will not repeat. Sometimes he has a potty mouth…hehe. Hope y’all are enjoying your time with Jessica.

  3. Lenore says:

    Thanks for the holiday report from Tucson. Here in Charleston it was 80 degrees with about 90% humidity on Christmas. Hope your Christmas was merry, bright and dry.

  4. Looks sunny and bright and full of cresting in Tucson! Merry Christmas to you both!

  5. Interesting, we’ve never seen a crested barrel cactus. Didn’t even know they could grow that way.
    Hope you are enjoying your time with Jessica!

  6. Gy says:

    I’ve never seen a crested barrel cactus…way cool! Merry Christmas…enjoy your time with Jessica!

  7. Kim Nowell says:

    Really enjoyed the pictures of the cactus and never seen or heard of a crested barrel cactus. Enoy your time with your daughter and look forward to more pictures.

  8. Jeff says:

    Crested barrel cactus is new to me, too. Did you see any further north? Something to look for next trip to Cactus League ballgames.

  9. allisonmohr says:

    Great photos of crested cactus. I really enjoy the Tucson Mountain park, it’s such a serene place to be. Enjoy your time with your daughter. Hopefully it will warm up a little and the wind will die down.

  10. Sherry says:

    Very interesting shade for the RVs in the park. Wonder if they’ll put solar panels on it. That would be neat. Some people have “Betty Davis eyes”, you have “Crested saguaro eyes”. Love your pictures of the cactus. Great that your daughter is coming. We had a great time with ours over the holiday. I know you will too.

    • placestheygo says:

      Sherry, the covers have solar panels already on them. John didn’t write about them in the blog but included a photo of the information panel that is posted here in the park about the solar panels:)

      • Sherry says:

        Hmmm, I saw the sign but with my eyes I could only read the BIG letters. LOL! What an even better idea. I have yet to figure out why in the world there isn’t a subsidy to put solar panels anywhere and everywhere including parking lots. I know big oil would pitch a fit but boy would it be good for the environment. Hats off to that park!

  11. Jim and Barb says:

    Barb and I have been searching for the elusive crested saguaro during our outings here in Quartzsite. We will let you know if we find one!

  12. Sheila says:

    Enjoy your time with your daughter! Wishing you the very best of a happy and healthy new year with abundant hikes!! 😊

  13. Laurel says:

    That landscape looks familiar! 😉 Are you going to hike Wasson Peak with Jessica? Wish we were there to hike it with you again! Love the way you spot and photograph all of the beautiful crested cacti. Have fun with Jessica, and Happy New Year! 🙂 Laurel & Eric

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, you should recognize the landscape:) We are hoping to hike Wasson Peak with Jessica, but we need to wait for it to warm up some and a little less wind.

      Happy New Year to you and Eric!

  14. I just learned something new a crested barrel cactus, how about that. Now I will not only be a lookout for crested saguaro but also barrel cactus
    I wonder if we will be under those industrial parasols assigned to us.

    • placestheygo says:

      There are a lot of crest saguaro up your way. A website that has the crested saguaro by town, park, and county, has so many in that area north of Phoenix proper. Of course, there aren’t any directions to find them:(

      You probably want to make sure you aren’t under the covers!

  15. macnut123 says:

    I heard about those covers in Motorhome magazine, and wondered what they looked like. Thanks for the info and photos…and the cactus photos, too! Since I was born in AZ, I always love seeing dessert photos! 🙂

  16. BlaNics says:

    We look forward to exploring the Arizona deserts in February…and will check out some of hikes you have written about. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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