Bye Bye Southern Arizona…..
Spring is in the air, the bees are buzzing & the flowers are blooming. The infusion of life invigorates us and has us moving north. Like salmon pulled home, we feel we draw of the Pacific Northwest and the lure of a summer rich in green forest & cool coastal waters….oh yes, I can taste it already. It’s still early days yet with around 10 weeks and the whole state of Nevada to go, but the urge to raise our jacks already has us whisked 220 miles closer to our destination. After a delightful winter in southern Arizona we are ON THE ROAD baby, turned around and headed the other way. It won’t be long now….
But before I get too carried away I should say adieu to our winter home. These past few weeks we wrapped up our errands in Benson at the lovely Escapee Saguaro Park intermixing practical stuff with lots of socializing. Our last few nights we hung with our good friends Jil & Tom exchanging evenings of excellent company with even more excellent wine (it’s good to know foodies, ya know….), plus we re-visited buddies Rick&JoAnne and Tom&Dianne.
I have to admit we’ve enjoyed our time here. It’s not often we stay at private parks, but the Benson Co-Op has a particularly relaxed feel which makes it a nice compromise -> they have nice, big sites with full hookups and all the luxuries thereof, but still have access to miles of BLM land for hiking with doggie right out the back door. Plus, you can’t beat the ~$17/night price. I can see this becoming a regular stop for us between boondocking sojourns on our winter stays.
Plus we did manage one more outing which I hadn’t gotten around to blogging about. In fact this latter happened a few weeks ago near our previous boondocking spot and it took us right back to the heyday of the Cold War & the craziness of the Titan II Missile Silo’s
The target of our day was the Titan Missile Museum just north of Green Valley, AZ where you can do an outstanding 1-hour tour for only $9.50. In prep for the visit we both read the Pulitzer-Prize winning book “The Making Of the Atomic Bomb“, an amazingly detailed history of nuclear physics, 20th century science and the war with one of the most moving/emotional last lines in a book that I have ever read (…nope, I’m not giving it away). We also met-up with good friends Watson’s Wonder who wrote a much better write-up of the visit than I can manage (check out their blog post).
Just to give you a quick history, there were 18 of these behemoths scattered around the US capable of launching a weapon that would devastate 900 sq.miles (2,300 sq.km) over 6,000 miles (10,000 km) away. The silo’s were buried deep in the earth under 8-foot thick concrete walls and were manned by crews 24-hours a day ready to hit the button if given the order (this particular one was aimed at “target 2” for the entire Cold War…a mystery location). Most of the communication & launch technology was kept deliberately “old-fashioned” so that it couldn’t be hacked, and no-one was allowed anywhere near the controls alone (2-man crews mandatory). Suffice to say that it was a deeply interesting visit to a time in history that now seems so totally foreign to us. Highly recommended!
With that I say formally adieu to Southern Arizona. We’ve migrated around 220 miles northwest(ish) and are back in the relaxed boonies that we love so much. I’m not going to divulge exactly where we’re hiding (just yet), but I’ll give you the hint that we’re overlooking some rather nice mountains which two other RV bloggers are currently also looking at, plus we’re parked next to a mine and a historic cemetery. Cryptic enough for you? I’ll be back with more soon….