Nov 13th to 18th,
We’ve been here for nearly a full week. The base is amazing! The ride around the central part is around six miles. This is not counting the thousands of acres that encompass the entire base. They can’t call it an Air Force Base unless it has a Golf Course, it does, just next door to the FamCamp. A very large Base Exchange and Commissary are also relatively a couple of miles down the road. The Base exchange also has a food court that equals any major mall complex. It’s interesting to watch air crews from different countries stop for lunch. Patches on their sleeves indicate they are from France, Italy and a few other European countries.
I was particularly impressed with the auto hobby shop! Sixteen bays with lifts, with anything you ever wanted in a repair shop including, ACF Certified mechanic, if you needed one. A tow truck is available, if you break down. What about a state of the art “Paint Spray Booth” to repaint your vehicle, they got it!
Next door is the hobby and arts shop. I’ve already taken an “Art Framing class.” I now have a certificate to operate their equipment, or any military framing shop world-wide. How cool is that! What really caught my eye was their $3,000 double-sided frame shear, made in Denmark. I’ve been making frames, at home, for a long time, but I knew I would learn many “Tips and Tricks” from this lady instructor. Della, who is from England. She gave us nearly a four-hour class. We learned to cut framing stock, use colored corner glue and a hydraulic corner fastening machine. After a glue-up on the frame, we tackled a double matt cut. Here again, I have a matt cutter, but their, “state of the art” machine was fun to use. I may not ever have their equipment, but the knowledge gained will be useful when I get back home.
The First Week ~ Settling In
On the 16th, here at the FamCamp, a potluck Thanksgiving dinner was given at the Ramada. Now the Ramada is not the hotel that you are probably thinking of. It is an open air pavillion here in the park. An RV dealer prepared the turkey and some of the fixings. The campers brought potlock dishes. There was a lot of food! Naturally, the RV dealer had several RV’s to look at from class A, 5th wheel and class C’s. It reminds me of auto dealers having an open house with prizes. The only difference here is that the dealer came to the campground. It was a perfect time, for us, to meet follow campers.
The Eagle Nest, a restaurant at the Golf Club, started their seasonal November ~ April, to have their Friday night special, a 16oz T-bone steak, salad, baked potato and rolls. This at a very reasonalble price. Last night, we were at Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant with Sally and her frineds Jamie and Paul, (recently retired from the Navy) There is no shortage of places to eat in Tucson! That brings me to an important point!
Eating out often is not the best way to stay healthy. To counter this habbit are the bikes. Nearly every morning, Helen and I headout biking. First day, it was 5 miles, than 6 miles. Now that we’re limbering up 10 miles is the norm.
I had to replace both bike tires on my bike. With 2,000 plus miles, the tires were getting to the point that the tire cords were showing on the side walls.
Back to health, we’ve been here for just over a week and a couple of notable things have happened, especially to me. First, for a long time, back home, I had joint pain. Totally gone, possibly from the low humidity. Secondly, I used to wakeup around 2:30am and than toss and turn till morning. I now sleep through the night. Who knows, I’m just a happy camper!
Some of you are curious as to how much our trip down here cost. For camping fees, we spent a grand total of $42.00, no typo! For gas, just over $700.00. It was 3,255 miles, which includes a few side trip adventures. I averaged about 10.6 to 11mpg. Eating, we didn’t keep a record of that as we tend to eat the same at home or on the road! Propane about $18.00.
That is what we saw and did!