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Old 09-18-2014, 06:06 AM   #1
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27 days and counting

Counting down the days until we leave our home in Vermont for the Southwest. This will be our first extended trip and first winter ever outside of Vermont- looking forward to the experience in our 2014 FC.


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Old 09-18-2014, 06:15 AM   #2
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How exciting. If you come through Kansas City, be sure to try the Bar B Q.

There is an Oklahoma Joes at 119th and Roe. Situated in a large corner shopping area with a large grocery store. So you would have no problem finding parking that would work while you dine. They are not open on Sunday, so be aware of that.

Roe Exit is currently closed off I-435. So take Nall instead to exit; Roe is about a mile east of Nall.
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Our 10th winter escape next month, mostly Southwest. Where'ya headed?
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #4
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Our final destination is Benson, AZ, but we plan on spending a few days in Albuquerque and then a couple in Deming.


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Old 09-18-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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Now that sounds like fun - no winter that is!
Mind you heading out with a new airstream is a lot of fun also. We were in the Tuscon area last winter and actually went down to some caves that might have been near Benson.

How or why did you choose Benson? I'm asking because we have sort of been thinking about that area again this winter.

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Old 09-18-2014, 01:51 PM   #6
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We'll be meandering down the Mississippi river road visiting, sightseeing a lot on the way, then to New Mexico (between Albuquerque and Deming) for some time and eventually to Voyager in Tucson, a very active and friendly 55+ rv resort. So. Calif then West coast highway on the way home next spring.

Any other snow chickens out there?
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:11 PM   #7
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Ha Doug - We are leaving here next week to attend the Balloon Rally in Albqe and then on to the the Grand Canyon and into Las Vegas. The plan is to put our unit into storage in Vegas and head home for Christmas... Then in mid January, pick up the trailer again and head toward southern AZ and maybe take part in the Rally in Tucson in late January. (mind you thats still up in the air)

I have heard of Voyager Park so might have to check it out while we are in the area this year. If we do, I'll be sure to look for a silver trailer....

We will stay for a while again Casa Grande as we very much like the rural atmosphere that this small town has.


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Casa Grande has a gorgeous 55+ rv resort, a golf course runs through it with lots of activities. We like the Tucson area and Voyager park is out of town.

Look for one of the very few Airstreams, at the northeast edge of the recreation/hobby/community area. You might find us at pickle ball, softball, pools, biking during the day or hobby shop or ballroom at night. Unless we off to explore the area. It's a good life.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:36 PM   #9
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Casa Grande has a gorgeous 55+ rv resort, a golf course runs through it with lots of activities.
Yes we were at it for a bit last winter;
https://www.palmcreekgolf.com
Very nice place with a ton of stuff to do.

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Old 09-18-2014, 04:05 PM   #10
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Now that sounds like fun - no winter that is!
Mind you heading out with a new airstream is a lot of fun also. We were in the Tuscon area last winter and actually went down to some caves that might have been near Benson.

How or why did you choose Benson? I'm asking because we have sort of been thinking about that area again this winter.

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Arcticfox no real special reason. This is our first venture so we are on the verge of a lot of experience.


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Was up in VT in May and in the Southwest both last year and last month. One thing that you are going to just love is the geography. You have all those gorgeous mountains and streams, everything is kind of closed-in feeling (unless you're on the mountaintop!). The vastness of the desert -- especially -- is just amazing. I don't know where you are headed, but if your travels and time take you to the southwest part of Texas, you will find Big Bend National Park a complete treasure. As I remember, it's 70 miles from where the park begins until you get to the Ranger station. I camped right on the Rio Grande (right behind me), and hiked and explored for a week (not enough). You can leave there and follow the Pecos Trail....the Chihuahuan desert is gorgeous. Well, wherever you go, take your time and enjoy some amazing scenery!
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Doug,
We are planning on making the trip down from NH to Tucson in January. Last year we got snowed in and couldn't make in time for the mineral show.

Friends of ours live at Voyager during the winter and travel back to New England for the summers. If things work out we will look you up while there.

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One thing I'd like to pick all of you travel veterans brains on is washing / cleaning exterior of airstream while on the road. Any tricks or tips I should know about?
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I just made a month reservation in Tucson at Rincon Country West. my family has been going here for years. This will be my first time with the Airstream.
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