Saturday, December 29, 2018

Fantasy Island

"Ze plane - ze plane!" - no Tatoo or Mr. Roarke here - just a nice little area of desert for mountain biking called Fantasy Island. Located in southeast Tucson this mountain bike park contains close to 26 miles of trails. The local bike shop just converted my 27.5" x 3" tires to tubeless so I was ready to roll down the desert trail.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Tucson Fever

Well, we've only finished the first of our eight weeks here in the Tucson area and Heather thinks she has found the perfect place to spend the winter... the desert climate of Tucson. She likes the warm dry days, cool nights, and light breezes of the desert... plus there are mountains, interesting cacti, and plenty of birds (we have Hummingbirds at our feeder all day long).

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Julian Wash and "The Loop"

Just a few miles from our RV park is the Roy Schoonover Trailhead on the Julian Wash Greenway of "The Loop". Roy Schoonover was a devout advocate for bicycling and establishment of "The Loop" trail system and the trailhead was named as a memorial in his honor. Plenty of parking and nice restrooms with drinking water were available at the trailhead. Today we ventured west and north to see another side of Tucson.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Southern Arizona Wine Country

Since there are around 13 wineries located just about 40 minutes south of Tucson, we ventured that way today to try two (2) that were open on a Monday afternoon. Just head south of Tucson on State Highway 83 through the little town of Sonoita and you are at the doorstep of the Southern Arizona wine country.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Welcome to Tucson and The Loop

After getting settled into our RV park in Tucson - we decided to get on our bikes to explore a section of Pima County's "The Loop" trail system. We started our ride from Mesquite Elementary School on the Harrison Greenway and rode north towards the Pantano Wash area.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Our New Home - "Woody"

Well it had to happen - we have been full-time living and traveling for about eight (8) months and felt that our 26'  travel trailer was just too small. So with some good friends in tow (thank you Ronnie and Nanette Bryant) we set out to the RV dealer in San Antonio a few weeks ago to look for our new abode on wheels. (Our new home - "Woody" This is the slide that contains our dining room, fireplace/TV, and outdoor kitchen.)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Gladys Porter Zoo...

Our last day in the Brownsville area we ventured to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.  It is a really nice zoo covering over 30 acres along a Resaca about 1.5 miles from the US-Mexico border.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Resaca de la Palma State Park

Sunshine and cool breezy winds today - easy decision to go for a hike at Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville, Texas. Late morning is not the best time to go birding, but it was a far better time to go for a hike on a cool December day.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cold December Day in the RGV...

OK - so maybe not really cold, but in the 50's today in the Rio Grande Valley with a bit of rain. We decided to venture out to a new brewery in Mission and one brewery that we have been to before in Pharr. Our first stop was the new (to us) 5x5 Brewing Company in Mission - a brewery that is owned and operated by U.S. Veterans. 5x5 Brewing Company opened in July of this year and seems to have developed a loyal following. Currently running eight (8) different beers on tap - we decided to start with a flight of six beers to sample their wares.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Historic Battlefield Trail - Brownsville, TX

Last year we discovered some really nice bike trails in Brownsville, Texas. The Historic Battlefield Trail is a really useful as it connects to the north-side of Brownsville starting at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Monument and goes 9 miles south to the heart of the Brownsville  Cultural and Arts District.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SPI Birding and Nature Center

We are spending a couple of weeks down in the Los Fresnos, Texas area, about 24 miles inland from South Padre Island. We made an outing today to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center on the island. There is an small admission fee for the private non-profit birding center. The main attraction is a variety of bird blinds that are connected by a series of elevated boardwalks. The SPI Birding Center sits uniquely where the inter-coastal waterway meets with the water treatment plant of South Padre Island, providing a unique wetlands habitat with both salt and fresh water.  (Greater Yellowlegs above)