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Tucson, Arizona: A fairly restful sleep in the dirt of Gila Bend. A reader asked if we used the generator while dry camping and I answered: not last evening. We arrived with fully-charged batteries and a half-tank (50+ gallons) of fresh water. The engine heats water as we drive, so we would have enough water for hand/dish washing all evening. The temperatures were such that we did not require heat nor air conditioning. We did not watch television, but we both worked on our laptops and accessed the internet. More Cardenas grilled chicken was consumed (no cooking = no pots to wash) and I placed what dishes we did use in the dishwasher.

This morning, we fired-up the diesel AquaHot for steamy-hot showers. Since we thought we would be camping with only a water/electric connection for the next several days in Tucson, I ran the generator AND the dishwasher while we were tooling down I-10 to Tucson. We planned to fill our fresh water tank and dump our grey tank when we arrived to Tucson's LazyDays RV Resort, but it was our lucky day and they had a last-minute cancellation, so we were able to secure a full-hookup site.

Considering we could have been semi-dry camping, we are happy for this back-in site and our neighbors are very interesting:

There are hundreds of Airstream trailers in the resort this week for a rally. From teeny tiny Bambi's, to huge mansions-on-wheels, we see a varied collection of new and antique or restored trailers in the RV park.

So now you know what we are doing... what is everyone else in this family doing? As I said yesterday, Dad and Mary are in Hawaii. They actually visited Jimmy Buffett's At the Beachcomber Restaurant & Bar in Honolulu, and since our family motto is "Give Jimmy More Money", Dad and Mary had a beer.

Please note this is the first time ever Dad has sent me a text message from his phone. The fact his first-ever text message contained a photo is slightly too much for me to wrap my little brain around.

Dad is not the only one in this family with exceptional cognitive skills. Little Leo is super-qualified to identify his eyes, nose, head, mouth, ears and belly:

Face-timing with Bubbe

Yo, Leo - eat a sandwich already.

My Baby Brother - also skinny - celebrated his birthday yesterday by running every level of the Red Rock Amphitheater outside Denver, Colorado. Most people eat a slice of cake to celebrate a birthday, but Steve isn't most people. Happy Birthday, Steve!

DT also has a Brother Steve - and he is in Tucson (with his wife, Gina) this week for the Tucson Gem Show. Tonight the gem show exhibitors had a private gathering - called the Gem Jam - where all the musically talented gemologists and jewelers gathered for a jam session at a local brew pub, with proceeds going to charity. Steve and Gina invited us along and we couldn't pass up this interesting opportunity.

We met a bunch of their co-exhibitors/friends - including a fun New Zealand contingent - had usual college pub foods, drank beer, watched the Ducks lose to Colorado (at home), but otherwise, had a really good time in Tucson tonight.

Until my next update, I remain, your college-town correspondent.

RV PARK:  LazyDays RV Resort - Huge campground. Pull-through and back-in full-service sites, cable TV, free wifi, 2 pools, spa, fenced dog run, bathhouse, laundry, pickle ball, horse shoes, putting green, bocce ball, restaurant, bar and rally facilities. Camping World store and RV sales on-site. Security. We paid $41 per night with our Good Sam discount.