Dustin Diamond J RV Park
Even though we've been to Tucson a few times over the years, there are a few things we still haven't been able to do. We couldn't get into Catalina State Park this time and we didn't want to take a chance on FCFS at Gilbert Ray, so we took the recommendation of our RV friends, Greg & Cori of The Restless Youngs and made a reservation for two weeks at the "Diamond J".
Hungry critters enjoying this cactus. (L)
The clouds made very interesting patterns in the deep blue sky.
Me, Steve, Steve and Diane.Retro Game Show in the old Congress Hotel. We also got this recommendation from Cori. They have seen many of the shows put on by Tempest DuJour, the “Delicate Flower of the Desert.” She is Tucson’s largest drag queen with a hysterical sense of humor. Definitely not your Grammas game show! Fun night!
|Wyatt Earp, Steve and Doc Holiday|
One place that we never made it to was the Mission of Xavier del Bac. A National Historic Landmark, the mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. Also known as the White Dove of the Desert.
More of the history of this mission can be found HERE.
Extensive renovation has been done inside and outside of the mission.
You can see the cross that sits on top of the hill next to the mission.
The ceilings are made of Saguaro wood. (L) The grounds are nicely landscaped (R)
There is a beautiful outdoor patio with a fountain that overlooks the valley.
The west tower at the San Xavier Mission stands in contrast to the eastern one, which has been in disrepair for many years. The overall mission has needed extensive restoration over the years.
The Grotto of Lourdes
A view of the valley below.
Looking down at the mission.
The cross at the top of the hill.
One of those RVs that look like they came from the Australia Outback.
After the mission we took a drive up to Sentinel Peak for a little hike to the top. Sentinel Peak is a 2,897 foot peak in the Tucson Mountains.
We thought the rules were interesting. While beer drinking and firearms are ok, loud music and glass containers are not.
Please Do Not Disturb Others With Loud Music?
They aren't doing so well with the loud music. Play the video to hear what was coming out of many of the vehicles in the park. There was also smashed glass everywhere. Shame.
A small memorial near an overlook.
Some interesting cactus growth up here.
A view of Tucson from the top.
This rock was sitting on a bench at the top.
Beautiful sunset from up here!