After a fun-filled month on North Padre Island, Texas, it was time to move on to our next "snowbird" destination (VRBO condo) in Tucson, Arizona. Neither of us had ever been to Tucson before and were happy we were finally going to get to check it out.
We had a long but good two-day drive from the Corpus Christi area to Tucson. We had no idea west Texas would be so pretty, but it was. Once we got into Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, the scenery was really attractive. We found the speed limit attractive as well; and it's a good thing too, as we had a long first day with over eight hours of driving, even at these speeds!
The sunsets in the southwest are often exceptional, and we certainly had one of those on this night. Stunning! I did not retouch these photos in any way; this is what the camera saw. Made me gasp when I stepped outside of the restaurant!
The next morning, Barry got a few more shots of this funky little town before we hit the road.
Today we would quickly enter New Mexico before eventually crossing the Arizona state line. A good chunk of the time in NM, we had views of Mexico right out the driver's side window, we were that close to the border. We even had to go through a US Customs and Border Protection stop there (as did everyone), but once we stated that we were both US citizens, we were quickly sent on our merry way -- no check of license and registration required. I hate to think what a mess it would have made if we'd been chosen for a full vehicle search with all we had packed into our CR-V!
New Mexico provided beautiful desert and mountain scenery as always.
And before we knew it, we were in Arizona!
We were somewhat intrigued by the many billboards touting this roadside attraction (tourist trap?) but did not stop to see what it was. Reading Wikipedia, sounds like we could have gotten in for only a buck -- might have been worth it to see "The Thing"!
I-10 also winds through the gorgeous "Texas Canyon", which is known for giant granite boulders. We didn't even know it was coming so barely had time to snap a couple of photos as we drove through.
Now we're here in Tucson and loving escaping winter. Although the weather has been a bit cool by Tucson standards, it's so much better than most of the rest of the US, we'll take it! Starting this weekend, highs are supposed to be 70+ with the full sunshine the desert is famous for. Stay tuned for more blog posts from Tucson!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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