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Dean & Linda Stock

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2013, 02:50:19 AM »

March 1, 2013      Day 8      Phoenix, AZ

Today we drove The Apache Trail, which originally was a path used by the Apaches.  Our first stop was in Apache Junction at the Superstition Mountain Museum.  For a small town museum, it rates an "A".  They told the history of the region back to the time of Creation--how the area was geologically formed.  The museum reflects massive input from a wide variety of people and many volunteer hours.  The people were so considerate and sought to share their knowledge with us.  Learning about the ways they've researched to get information about the Lost Dutchman Mine.  They have even compared the chemical composition of the gold from the mine against that of other mines in the region to prove its very existence.  These stone maps were perhaps drawn to show where a mine was located.  (Picture 1) The museum has a nice gift shop.

Then we went to Boot Hill. (Picture 2)  We read the tombstones and laughed as the birds chirped in the trees. 
This property had been known as Apacheland, and many films were made there.  They have gallows, a real old town barbershop, jail, and Wells Fargo office with old-time furnishings.  The church celebrates the western movie that Elvis made there with Charro. (It must have been early in his career.)  We visited the barn, which has photos of the movie stars and bootprints, the buggy used by the doctor in "Gunsmoke" and other carriages, a corn cob stripper, and a gift shop.

Admission was $4 each and well worth it.  We spent an hour there, and it was a nice break after riding for over an hour.  We drove a 24-mile dirt road to Roosevelt Dam, and it seemed like 240 miles.  They had snow last week, and the road was pocked with holes and ruts.  The scenery was nice, but not at the bumps and bruises price.  We especially enjoyed the area by the Salt River and the contrast of seeing the saguaros so close to water.

We went into Globe and ate at the #1 restaurant recommended by Trip Advisor, Libby's El Rey Cafe.  It was truly a hole-in-the-wall, but was very clean.  The service was outstanding, only surpassed by the food.  I know it sounds weird, but they put melted butter over their corn chips.  It was SO good, and SO unhealthy.  If you ever go there, order a beef anything.  I eat very little beef, but theirs was so moist and full of flavor.  They don't use hamburger, only shredded beef.  Their salsas were amazing.  My tamale was delicious, as were my taco and enchilada.  Dean loved his beef enchilada.  They have Mexican Coca-Cola, which is made with sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup.  I think the food was authentic Mexican.  I only wish they were located where I could eat there often.  Total price was $20, and that included over a 20%  tip.

We drove the paved SR60 home, and ran into rush-hour traffic, so we hopped off the freeway at the Arizona Casino.  It's a large, modern casino, and they don't allow cigar smoking or chewing tobacco.  We got water and cokes and played blackjack.  I made $150, and Dean made lots more than I did.  When we drove in, a lady came to her car that was parked in the closest space to the casino and gave us her space.  It was a lucky day all around.  We left about an hour later, very happy.

Staying at Phoenix Metro RV Park, $33/night, has everything, wonderful, we'd highly recommend it.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2013, 11:44:44 AM »
Hi Linda & Dean,
      Thank you so very much for taking time to log your adventures. Your reports are always awesome and I thoroughly enjoy them.  Have fun!
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2013, 01:00:55 PM »
The best place to learn about the history of the Hohokam Indians who first settled the Phoenix area and developed the canal system that irrigated their fields is at Pueblo Grande http://phoenix.gov/recreation/arts/museums/pueblo/index.html
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2013, 08:42:45 PM »
Casa Grande us also a great historic visit.
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Dean & Linda Stock

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #34 on: March 04, 2013, 12:12:28 AM »
Hi Linda & Dean,
      Thank you so very much for taking time to log your adventures. Your reports are always awesome and I thoroughly enjoy them.  Have fun!
                                                                                       Happy Trails,
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Thanks, Bonnie!  I'm glad to have you along, and I hope we see lots of interesting things to report.  We are having a good time.
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Dean & Linda Stock

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2013, 12:14:31 AM »
The best place to learn about the history of the Hohokam Indians who first settled the Phoenix area and developed the canal system that irrigated their fields is at Pueblo Grande http://phoenix.gov/recreation/arts/museums/pueblo/index.html
Thanks.  I'll be looking this up.  I love learning, and these visits piqued my curiosity about how desert people lived with all the hardships.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2013, 12:57:21 AM »
March 2, 2013         Day 9      Tucson

We have found the sun!  We made an uneventful trip to Tucson, and easily found the RV park.  We hadn't eaten since breakfast, and it was now 4:00, so we had an early dinner.  We are only 12 minutes from a large casino called Casino del Sol.   TV isn't good on Sat. night, there weren't any good movies we wanted to see, so we went to the casino.  There were thousands and thousands of people there.  It's quite large, but there were NO parking places.  There must have been a couple of thousand cars and 300 motorhomes.  We figured that it must be a madhouse inside, so we left.
We'll be here a week, so we may get back over there.  If not, no loss.   

We want to come to next year's International Gem and Mineral Show, so we made reservations for a week in February, 2014.

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March 3, 2013      Day 10      Tucson

Today we went to Sabino Canyon.  We got up at 6:00, but we didn't arrive there until about 9:00.  Every parking place was taken, and people were parking outside the parking lot, quite some distance away.  Fortunately, we had our handicapped placard.  It is a great park for hikers. The trail we were told to use was too rugged for my scooter.  Later, after we left, we found out we could have just used the road that the tram uses.  I'd like to go back if we have time.

On our way back to the exit, we were attracted by a bird singing at the top of his lungs and we saw this phainopepla (Picture 1).  I loved his hair-do.  He must use lots of gel to get it to stand up that way!  He wasn't the least bit shy, and he stayed put as we came up right next to him.  He eats insects and loves mistletoe berries.

Then we went to Tohono Chul, a sort of botanical garden.  We saw a unique Mission Cactus--which is as tall as a tree.  Part of it has the cactus paddles, and other parts are green branches, some thick, some twigs.  I thought it had been grafted, but it hadn't.  (Picture 2)

We found this bird picking cotton off a nearby tree.   I haven't found his name in my bird book yet.  This tiny bird was making this huge nest.  He was adding cotton to it.  (Picture 3)  He was just as industrious as he was cute.

We chased cactus wrens everywhere throughout the park, but only got a poor shot (Picture 4).  They are Arizona's state bird and have pretty facial markings.  They have the strangest chortling like call.  We are saguaroed and prickly-peared out--we've seen so many, but this one puts a new spin on high-density housing.  (Picture 5)

I have lots of housefinches at home (Picture 6), but this guy was staring as us, almost as if he were posing.  We don't have goldfinches (Picture 7) at home, and some of them here are such a bright yellow.

We had to wait 30 minutes to be seated at the patio cafe.  The food was excellent, but expensive.

Then we went back to the Casino del Sol.  We played blackjack for about 3 hours. They have very player-friendly rules--the most liberal we've seen.  However, we weren't lucky.  We both lost, but not very much.  They did comp us our buffet, and it was good.

Tomorrow we are off to see Titan Missiles.

Staying at Desert Trails RV Park, $192/wk., huge park, all amenities, fun activities
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Dean & Linda Stock

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #37 on: March 04, 2013, 10:19:42 AM »
Casa Grande us also a great historic visit.
I found it on the map, and it is close.  But, our itinerary is pretty packed.  Most likely we will do it next year.  What do you enjoy doing in Casa Grande?  Thanks for the help, Pierat.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2013, 10:33:58 AM »
The historical reference may have been for the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.  http://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm
 
Enjoying your trip log, as usual, Linda.  Looking forward to your next Alaska trip.
 
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2013, 05:05:47 PM »
The "White Dove of the Desert" church is lovely too and worthy of a visit.  It's real name is San Xavier del Bac Mission.  I too am enjoying your log.

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2013, 01:40:44 AM »
March 4, 2013      Day 11      Tucson

When we got up this morning, it was such a perfect day that we decided to change our plans and go to Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.  Yesterday at Tohono Chul, we had purchased a coupon book for Arizona attractions ($18).  With our 2 for 1 coupon, we saved $14.50 on our admission to the Desert Museum. 

We went on a docent-led tour.  To be fair, we had a private docent-led tour by an outstanding docent the last time we were here, and she was an impossible act to follow.  This time, there were about 20 of us on the tour, the docent wasn't nearly as knowledgeable, and she was very soft-spoken so I only heard about 25% of what she said.  By the end of the tour, only six of us remained.

We were greeted by a cactus wren singing to us (Picture 1).  I know they are very common, but they are so pretty, happy, and active, they make me smile.  It was only about 72, but most of the animals were resting in shade  (Pictures 2 of the mountain lion, 3 of the Mexican wolf, & Pic 4 of the bighorn sheep).  The white-tailed deer were sweet (Picture 5).

There were many busy doves in the aviary, including this one building her nest. (Pic 6)  We were proud to find the lilac-crowned parrot hiding among a lot of greenery, and we found an opening to get a shot. (Pic 7)  I was happy that I remembered the name of the black-bellied whistling duck that we had last seen in Texas (Pic 8).  I learned that the bird we saw building a nest yesterday at Tohono Chul is the verdin.  Another visitor told me this was a grosbeak, but he doesn't look like them in my bird books. (Pic 9)  Can anyone identify him?

We ate on the patio at the Ocotillo Cafe.  The food was delicious, but expensive (total $35 with tip, and I didn't  even order a drink).

I'll have to write Part 2 tomorrow--it was AMAZING!  But, I have to turn in so I can enjoy tomorrow.

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2013, 01:47:07 PM »
The mountain lion is especially interesting.  I had to LOOK for him because he blends in so well with his surroundings!  Nature is so interesting....

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #42 on: March 06, 2013, 12:39:27 AM »
March 4, 2013      Day 11    (Part 2)   Tucson

When we left the cafe we went to the riparian area.  There were a few birds that we'd already seen, and the running water calmed my disappointment with our visit so far.  There was a raptor show in 10 minutes so we headed to Cat Canyon.  When we were still far away, we could see hundreds of people on terraces and lining the walkway, and we knew the amphitheater seating was filled.  We found a hole in the crowd and waited.  We thought we should have been there at least 30 minutes early and wouldn't be able to see a thing, but the trainers had it worked out so that wherever you were in the area, you would get to see a spectacular show.  Their audio system was loud (but not booming) and clear, and the naturalist gave us a lot of information. 

The grey hawk (Picture 1) is native to this area and fairly common, but its numbers have recently really decreased because of shrinking habitat.   I usually see birds from underneath and can't identify them, but I will know this one anywhere.  This grey hawk flew straight at us (Picture 2), soared, turned, and landed (Picture 3). 

The 8-month-old barn owl was beautiful (Picture 4).  He flew low to the ground, just as he would if he were hunting prey (Picture 5).  His ability to maneuver was incredible (Picture 6).

The female peregrine falcon's small size,  and her ability to dive, and fly so quickly kept us in awe.  It also made it impossible to get a decent photo.  She can dive at 270 mph.  Dean got pictures of spectators' hats, a blur, and the desert.  But we will always have pictures in our memories; I'm just sorry we can't share them.  She was incredible!

They sent out 4 Harris hawks.  Harris hawks are communal, unlike other raptors.  They live together,  perch together and hunt together.  They relay chase prey so the prey gets tired out and they don't.  Sometimes they do a "group pounce."  They have family squabbles, lock talons, but they don't hurt each other.  The alpha female is the leader and largest bird.  She eats first.  However, sometimes she will let a young hawk eat first so he won't be vulnerable for too long.

Oh, my!  Dean made up for zero good photos of the falcon by taking over 50 of the Harris hawks.  I brought it down to 11, and it's hard to publish only 4 of these gorgeous birds.  It's impossible to describe their majesty.  (Pictures 7, 8, 9, 10)

We've attended many raptor shows.  We've traveled over 100 miles out of our way to get to a raptor center.  Nothing has ever compared to this free-flight demonstration.  I asked the naturalist afterward how they guarantee that the birds will return.  She said they know they have it good.  They get good food with minimal effort, are protected from the elements with good housing, and they are safe.  They are also fitted with a radio transmitter.  Twice birds have become lost and couldn't find their way back.  The trainers followed the signal, and when the birds saw them, they eagerly came to them.

We then went to the hummingbird area, which paled when compared with our memories of our last visit.   I am pretty sure that Picture 12 is an Allen's.  Can anyone help me with Picture 11 or 13?

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is still our #1 "Don't Miss" in Tucson.

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #43 on: March 06, 2013, 12:41:40 AM »
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2013, 07:36:24 PM »
March 6, 2013      Day 13      Tucson

I had heard that Madera Canyon is the 3rd best birding spot in the U S, so I was excited to go there.  I researched all I could find, and directions were elusive.  I couldn't find phone numbers, or people didn't answer.   If you know that its Exit 63 off I-10, there are great brown U S Forestry signs all the way. 

Our first stop was the Santa Rita Hotel, which is kind enough to let anyone come and sit on their benches and watch the birds.   We bought ice cream in their gift shop, and they were very helpful, though they did ask us not to stay all day (we hadn't planned to, anyway).  The Mexican jays were plentiful and enjoyed the nuts and suet in the feeders (Picture 1) .   Most were either young or female (Picture 2), but an occasional male showed up and glistened when the sun hit his blue colors (Picture 3).  OOH!

There were lots of house finches and goldfinches.  They didn't stay put for long, and we caught one in flight.  (Picture 4)  Then we caught the speedy jay in flight.  (Picture 5)  There was one bird that defied identification.  (Picture 6)  Is he a house finch?  He eats with them, has the same flight pattern, is the same size, and has the same beak.  But, his facial markings and tail were not the same.  Can anyone tell me his name?

Gray squirrels came and climbed the rectangular-based, metal-bottomed feeders with great acrobatic acumen, almost falling several feet to the ground.  While they were in the feeders, birds didn't go to them.  Some found it easier just to eat what was on the ground. (Picture 7)
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2013, 07:42:07 PM »
Part II

I was so pleased with myself when I identified this female Northern Flicker from the pictures on-line and in my bird books.  I am learning.  What a beautiful bird she is!  I learned that she is related to the woodpecker, but sits on horizontal objects, rather than clinging to the side of a tree.  (Picture 8)

I was looking for more different birds up high in trees when I saw motion on the ground.  A female coatimundi had come to visit us (Picture 9), eat what had been scooped out of feeders, and get a drink. (Picture 10)

We drove to the end of the canyon slowly, and believed what the other birders told us.  They said there wasn't much action today, but a storm was coming on Friday.  Right before and after the storm, the birding would include more different birds.

The Tucson Botanical Gardens were about a half-hour away, a small 6-acre shady oasis in the middle of the city with 13 different small garden areas.  We had a 2-for-1 coupon in our city coupon book.  I'm glad we went once, but I would choose to do other new activities next time.  They had a small butterfly house, where we saw these beauties (Picture 11 and 12).  I have butterfly cases at home, and the blue morpho is so striking.  He is all brown at rest,  with interesting patterns (Picture 13), and he is a striking blue in flight--you can see part of that blue peeking through at the rear of his body.  Picture 14 is one of my favorite camouflage moths--the Atlas.  He looks like a snake, and when he is in danger of being eaten by a bird, he flops back and forth, deceiving the bird into thinking he may strike at any time.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #46 on: March 07, 2013, 07:45:13 PM »
Part III

I'm challenged with identifying birds, and I can't learn new butterflies, even though they are interesting (Pictures 15, 16,  and 17)  The gardens have a wide variety of gardens--iris,  citrus, Asian, Mediterranean, cactus and about 7 others. I was so pleased to see a cactus in bloom because it happens so seldom (Picture 18),
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2013, 08:47:59 PM »
Birds are fun. Often like a quiz. Except when they're LBBs (Little Brown Birds). Enjoy.
 
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #48 on: March 09, 2013, 11:14:59 AM »
March 8, 2013   Day 15      Tucson

Today was supposed to be very blustery, rainy, and cold, and it lived up to all the weather predictions.  So we visited the Arizona State Museum on the beautiful campus of  the University of Arizona..  Admission is $5 (buy one, get one free with coupon book).  Parking in the U of A garage was $8, but we could have parked in a private lot for $5.  The museum had four areas--a room with photos about immigrants from Mexico and their struggles, a pottery room, a rug room, and The Path of Life, which was the main focus of the museum.  The last 3 areas were about Native Americans of Arizona. 

The Path of Life is a trail winds through 11 areas of Arizona and describes the tribes that lived in each.  The show the way of life each tribe lived through photos, explanations, and artifacts.  I did more reading than I've done in the last week, and I learned a lot.   It was interesting to me because Native Americans are part of our nation's history, and I've been learning about them for decades.  However, unless you're into Native Americans, you'll find this museum very academic.

We had a delicious lunch a block away off-campus at The Bakery.  One block the other way is the Student Union, which has a food court.  Then we returned to the museum.  We spent about 5 hours there total.  We stopped at the gift shop and bought a book because we didn't have to pay state sales tax--only the local 7%.

Dean was overdue for a haircut.  We stopped at Supercuts on the way to Carnival of Illusions show.

I've been trying to attend the C o I Magic Show for 2 years, but they are always booked.  They recommend getting reservations at least 3 weeks in advance, so I was thrilled when I was able to get them this time, only a week in advance.  The show takes place in the Hilton Doubletree Hotel.

I was told that we could check in 90 minutes before the show.  Doors open 25 minutes before the show.  The front row was sold out, but the lady assured me that there wasn't a bad seat in the 54-seat room, though they would be sold out.  We got to the room 20 minutes before the show, and the only 2 seats left were ours, and they were barstools way too high for me to mount.  Apparently, everyone gets there VERY early.   We arranged a deal to come back tomorrow night.  They checked us in tonight for tomorrow night, so we are guaranteed second-row seats, and we will be there 40 minutes early.  All will be great if we can extend at our RV resort.

Tickets for the Magic show were $31, (they were in my coupon book @ 2/1, which would have saved us $31, but I bought the coupon book after I made the reservation).  However, the tickets give you 2/1 at the Doubletree Steakhouse.  Our steaks ran $19 and $21, and it included a soup & salad bar, ranch beans, and cornbread.  They were cooked perfectly, and you can't beat the price of $21 + tax + tip.  We have been shocked by Arizona's 10% state sales tax and the locals add on to that.  In Tucson, that's 17%!  And I thought California was bad.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #49 on: March 09, 2013, 04:52:35 PM »
17% Ouch. Guess I won't complain anymore about Quartzsite's 12%.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2013, 10:39:18 PM »
March 8, 2013   Day 15      Tucson

We have been shocked by Arizona's 10% state sales tax and the locals add on to that.  In Tucson, that's 17%!  And I thought California was bad.

I can tell that we will be like Scrooge next winter in AZ with those sales taxes.  Really tough on us as there are very few in MT.  They are only in places  like West Yellowstone to raid the tourists.   :)
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2013, 11:40:54 PM »
March 9, 2013   Day 16      Tucson

We went to the magic show, and it was really good.  We were in the second row, about 6' from the magicians, and they left us in awe.  Even though you don't see them do it, you can sometimes figure out how they must have done it.  With these magicians, I had no idea.  Tomorrow on to Yuma.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #52 on: March 12, 2013, 12:35:41 AM »
Ok  so Dean and Linda  moved on and arrived in  Yuma.  Happily they  joined us tonight along with  Mike and Wendy for  a wonderful RVForum supper. Dinner was by Betty at Terry and Betty's pad.  Menu:  veggie appetizers, Broccoli soup, garlic bread,  chicken stuffing casserole, wheat salad, peas  and angel food cake trifle  for dessert.

Lots of technology chatter.... iphones, ipads, tablets etc.  Lots of information on  past retirees in the school district where Betty and Linda worked.  Lots of world  problems solved.  If only we were in Power!
Photo 1   Group Shot, dinner on patio.
Photo 2   Dean and Linda
Photo 3   Weight Watcher Trifle 4 points per 1 cup serving.
Photo 4   Betty and Terry
Photo 5   Mike and Wendy

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2013, 01:51:59 AM »


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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #54 on: March 12, 2013, 09:56:43 AM »
We have been shocked by Arizona's 10% state sales tax and the locals add on to that.  In Tucson, that's 17%!  And I thought California was bad.

Actually, AZ's rate is 6.6% and dropping a point in a couple of months. County and municipal additions range from 0-4%. I'm not sure how Tucson came up with 17%, there's something else in that.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #55 on: March 12, 2013, 12:32:46 PM »
Ain't Framily grand ? We had a wonderful time. But it's supposed to be 98 on Friday so I think it's time to catch the 10 o'clock out of Yuma !
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #56 on: March 12, 2013, 04:43:49 PM »
We just came from Tucson. Did not pay 17% sales tax.
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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #57 on: March 13, 2013, 01:51:16 AM »
March 12, 2013   Day 19      Yuma

We got up early to drive out to Imperial National Wildlife Refuge before it got too hot.  We missed our turn-off because it was marked as a U S Marine Recreation Area.  There was a large mobile home town that looked like a huge fire hazard because they were so close together.  There were a few shops, including a run-down grocery store.  We thought it was odd that they had placed a great blue heron statue in the center of the town's only intersection (Picture 1).  As we paused to try to figure out where we had gone wrong, he moved (Picture 2).  He was alive!

We backtracked to Imperial NWR.  There was a beavertail cactus blooming in bright pinks. (Picture 3)  In the visitor center, we saw a short film about NWR's throughout the US.  There were a few displays of animals native to the area.  We then went out on a wonderful observation deck, but the lake had shrunk and the area was bone dry.  In the distance, we saw a couple of coots.  There was a spectacular ruby-throated hummingbird who flashed his colors at me several times, but he was very hard to photograph. (Picture 4)  However, the birds have gone.  We saw very few other than turkey vultures who were plentiful.   We only heard two birds calling or singing.  We needed to be here a month ago.   We did follow the Visitor Center's map which shows places to view birds along the river, but we didn't see much.  We'll do this again next January or February, with much better results I'm sure.

Staying at Araby Acres RV Resort -- Passport America rate of $86.89/3 days (would have been $155.89 without PA)--worthy of the Resort in the name, excellent everything, even a swan lake
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Cypress, CA
2006 Airstream Motor Home
2006 Jeep Liberty (Towed)

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #58 on: March 13, 2013, 01:54:56 AM »
Ain't Framily grand ? We had a wonderful time. But it's supposed to be 98 on Friday so I think it's time to catch the 10 o'clock out of Yuma !

We agree.  We are headed to Borrego Springs or San Diego tomorrow.  I'm letting Dean choose our destination, but it's guaranteed to be cooler, though I have enjoyed the weather to this point.
Dean and Linda Stock
and Sherlock (the cat)
Cypress, CA
2006 Airstream Motor Home
2006 Jeep Liberty (Towed)

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Re: Arizona with the Stocks in Feb.-March, 2013
« Reply #59 on: March 13, 2013, 02:07:08 AM »
We just came from Tucson. Did not pay 17% sales tax.
You're right.  I thought I had posted the new info, but I hadn't.  I got the original figures from the cashier at the U of A State Museum bookstore.  However, I noticed that the figures couldn't be correct when I purchased other items.  I turned to my trusty i-Phone and asked it the current state sales tax, and it is 6.6%, as Bernie said.  Local taxes are added onto that, and our experience is that it varies widely.  In Yuma, we paid $8.89 tax at our RV resort on a $86.89 bill, so that's a little more than 10%.  I'm sorry I didn't post the new info immediately when I figured it out.
Dean and Linda Stock
and Sherlock (the cat)
Cypress, CA
2006 Airstream Motor Home
2006 Jeep Liberty (Towed)

 

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