Tubac, Arizona: Dear Reader, we had a very quiet morning. DT is helping to organize the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials which will be held in Eugene – a 10-day track meet featuring the best American athletes vying for a chance to represent the USA in the London Olympics. The internet is a wonderful thing – DT can work from virtually anywhere, which allows him to drive me around the desert. I shipped orders and answered emails. Motosat arranged for a new feed horn and assembly to be over-nighted to us here in Tubac. Hopefully this part will repair our satellite internet troubles? And, our bathroom exhaust fan (a very important piece of equipment!) failed. A new motor is being over-nighted to us here in Tubac.
I ran four miles in the desert. (My Driver is still suffering from a torn hamstring.) It is interesting running in the desert. Though the temperature is 70°, we are at 3500 feet and the air is very dry. It is difficult for me. I am old and was quite ill last week with a bad cough/flu. To all the jack rabbits, Gila Monsters, rattlesnakes and lizards out there in the sand – that old lady yelling “come on, old gal, you can do it”… was me. Stop laughing!
We spent the afternoon exploring the pretty town of Tubac. Filled with gallery after gallery, it is easy to spend hours poking around Tubac.
First – fuel!
We tried the De Anza Cantina in old town Tubac. There was nothing special about the restaurant. They did have a pretty outdoor patio and we had a nice table in the sun, but the food was just food.
The margarita was served in a cute glass,
but it was simply loaded with sweet & sour mix. Yuck.
NOTE TO SELF: Do not drink a margarita after running four miles.
DT had the lunch special – Mahi mahi tacos. They were really delicious – with a mango-cucumber-jalapeno salsa.
Guess what? I had two chicken tacos! Guess what? Though loaded with shredded white-meat chicken, my tacos were completely boring.
But it was a good idea for me to have a light lunch. After not running for five days, my backside was starting to resemble the figures in this statue at the De Anza Cantina courtyard.
After lunch, we toured through the streets of Tubac, visiting shops, galleries and talking with the locals. We really enjoyed our afternoon in this old Arizona town.
Walk-ways meander between new and old buildings in Tubac, Arizona
Mexican handicraft shops next to high-end art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques
The town is teeny – but there are many
little alleys and courtyards to explore
Art in the streets in pretty Tubac, Arizona
We stimulated the economy in the lovely Mas y Mas (More & More) shop in Tubac. Cleverly named by the Moore family, I found a gorgeous serving tray at the Mas y Mas Gallery. Even though DT had previously stated he would leave me if I ever purchased another serving plate, he agreed this piece of art was too precious to pass-by and we are now the owners of a very unique two-foot-long-by-8-inch-wide pounded stainless steel serving tray!
Best Husband Ever.
Near our campsite is a US Border Patrol inspection station. We have passed through here a few times already in our short stay in Tubac. A dog sniffs our car, and we are always waved-through by the agent. Autos pass through quickly, but there is always a long delay for the truckers. While waiting in line you can view a billboard with photos of people wanted by the Border Patrol with a toll-free number to anonymously turn-in the wanted men and women. Arizona Highway Patrol are also visible at the border patrol station.
We stayed in this evening, listening the The State of the Union speech. Until my next update, I remain, your Tubac correspondent.
RV Park: De Anza RV Resort – pull-through and back-in full service gravel sites. Cable, free wifi, bath house, laundry, indoor salt water pool, hot tub, community room, TV room, gated security. We paid $40.