Casino Del Sol

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yesterday, after leaving Allen Street, I headed over to the Boothill Graveyard.

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Wasn’t very crowded there either.  I walked around the grave sites, which there were many and took photos of the more interesting ones.  Most of them were made of piles of rock with a wooden head marker.  It was kind of a lonely place sitting on a hilltop just north of Tombstone.

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After leaving the Boothill Graveyard in the early afternoon, I headed up Rte 80 to Benson and caught the I-10 to Tucson.  Was an easy drive. 

It wasn’t long before I arrived at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona.   Been here a number of times and it is the best parking lot for just resting and getting ready for the real boondocking to begin.

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It’s always crowded here in this huge section of the parking lot, but a very quiet place to stay. 

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Here is a photo taken early this morning.  Right now it is a little overcast, but it is going to turn sunny with a warm 77 for a high.

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For the first time, I made a full breakfast of eggs and bacon and half a grapefruit and OJ.  If you ever want to lose weight just come with me on one of these three month adventures. 

Luckily, I brought both size 36 and 34 waist size pants with me.  Without Dolly’s fine cooking and nightly deserts, I am back into my size 34 pants once again.  I was at my last buckle hole in my belt and now I’m at the third buckle hole again where I should be.

I had two reasons for stopping in Tucson.  One was to find a new Dish remote since my old one no longer works, and two, was to find a truck wash and get the salt and grime off the MH.IMG_7639

Well, I got one of the two accomplished.  I did find a Dish outlet and picked up a remote, but would you believe there is not one truck washing place in this whole city?!  The one I went to several years ago closed down.

I guess I won’t be washing the MH here.  Maybe I’ll find a place in Quartzsite when I get there.  I hate to leave it dirty, but have no choice.


These are the first Saguaro cactus of the winter.

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Once I returned from the Dish store, I synced the TV and Dish receiver to the remote and called it a day.  For some reason, I feel tired even though I haven’t done much.  Must be the week of traveling catching up with me.

Tomorrow, I will be heading further west to my first boondocking home for a week or so.  That’ll give me time to rest up and learn to relax a little.

See you later.

16 comments:

  1. The tombstones on Boot Hill really are a glimpse into the past. You get a sense of what life was like in the 1880s. The Casino del Sol is a good place to visit - so pretty. Saguaros! Yea!!

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    1. Thanks Dolly. It was nice not having a crowd so I could get pictures with no one in them. You'll see plenty more Saguaros.

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  2. Hi Doug! Are those REAL graves? They put how peoples died on them? Your paragraph about your waistline has me cracking up! I’m glad you’re back to being happy with your buckle hole placement! 😂. We’ve had a fire every night here in the COLD Midwest. Knowing you’re enjoying some warm weather makes me happy. 😊. Love you! Keats says hi and he missed his truck ride with Pawpaw tonight! ❤️

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    1. I hope Keats doesn't forget me. I loved his rendition of Twinkle, twinkle little star on Facebook. Yes, those are real graves from yester years. I'm glad to get rid of that belly paunch!

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  3. Hey Dad! Tombstone is a really neat looking place! Those were definitely some interesting headstones! You're sure missing out on some lovely weather here. Get some rest and enjoy the warmth! Love you Dad!

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  4. Good to hear from you Steve. Tombstone is a unique place. It is warm here. I think it is going to be a warm winter in the southwest this winter.
    Love you too. Keep warm.

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  5. If you're going to stop at Saddle Mountain there is a truck wash place at either the TA Truck Stop (exit just before Miller heading into Buckeye) or Love's (Miller Road Exit) on I-10 just at Buckeye. I can't remember which one it is though. Also a dump station at the Love's, $10 to dump and the water fill up is free. Although I don't believe it's potable. The dump station is located right up at the front near the road, next to the curb. Cars park in front of it at times and the people go inside the building, so if you don't know where it is you would miss it.

    We didn't walk around Boot Hill during our time in Tombstone but we'll go back another time and take a stroll. We enjoyed the experience at Tombstone, the cowboys and gunslingers walking around in period garb with guns on their hips and tin stars on their frock coats. It gave one an idea what it was like back in those wild days.

    Travel Safe.

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    1. Thank you, Deb. My destination today is the small town of Ajo, due west of here about 134 miles. Won't make it to Saddle Mountain for a month or so.

      I did miss seeing the cowboys in their outfits by going so early unfortunately.

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  6. That first pic of Boot Hill with the curving path, lots of green cactus, mounds of colorful rocks, crosses, sunshine on distant mountains, and blue sky. WoW !! Nice place to meditate on Life . Second pic with the ocotillos would really pop in Spring with all their green leaves and big red blooms. Also like that night shot of Casino Del Sol. Nice place to prepare for your true winter boondocking. Love the desert - enjoy !

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    1. Thank you, Moonfly. As much as you love the Southwest, I sure hope you make it out here next year.

      Did you live here in the past or was it a visit that has given you such familiarity with the Southwest?

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  7. Nice pics once again! Looks like a great place to spend the night. Lots of other rv'ers too I see. You sound just like my hubby, Ken would lose weight too as he'd just open a can of something and probably forget to eat some meals. He also has fat (36) and 34 pants that he prefers. Take care and get some rest, does sound ike it's catching up to you and some bad colds are going round.

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    1. That's me. Many times it lunch/dinner or breakfast and dinner. I heard the flu is going around in Arizona. Wouldn't want to get that.

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    1. Thanks for the info Moonfly. I'm just outside Ajo now. Remote but beautiful.

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  9. Boot Hill really is a glimpse in to life in the 1880s. So amazing. Beautiful Casino del Sol. Glad you got your TV problems fixed. Saguaros!! So cool! Have a face next leg going West!

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    1. Thanks Dolly. Tombstone cemetery is unique. I sure hope I can setup the Dish for tonight's Gold Rush.

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