Leaving Quartszite, AZ was almost as hard as leaving Yachats, OR, for different reasons, but still it is tough to leave an area that has so much to offer.

Tracy’s step sister Denise and her boyfriend Ernie live in Phoenix, so we make the 150 mile trip to the Foothills West RV Resort in Casa Grande (Passport America, $20 a night) which puts us in a good spot for a visit and a short tour of the Phoenix/Mesa area.

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On the way to enjoy a very pleasant dinner (thanks Ernie) and political conversation (thanks Denise), we noticed the Firebird International Raceway and see that something is going on. Turns out, if you test drive a Polaris side by side, you get 2 free tickets to the drag boat races. Hmmm, took us about one second to decide.

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Watching Nitro burning drag boats as well as Top Fuelers and even some pretty fast wave runners was definitely worth the all out , wide open, demo ride on the four seater Polaris Razor.

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After a very enjoyable time in and around Phoenix its time to keep proceeding east towards our new jobs in Texas. Heading east takes us through Tucson to the town of Benson where we enjoy our first visit to an Escapee campground. Tracy’s parents have enjoyed the benefits of the Escapee RV Club for a number of years and thought that we would also enjoy an escapee membership. Being full-time RVers for over 15 years, they have tested the campground/RV clubs that work well and we are so lucky to have their knowledge and generosity.

Our $5 a night campsite is located in Cochise County 18 miles north of “the town too tough to die”, Tombstone, Arizona.

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With so much history and things to see like the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp’s home place, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, the Boot Hill Graveyard, the Birdcage Theater, and of course the silver mines. Tombstone is about as “old west town” as we can imagine.

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The area has a lot more which would be fun to explore, but in our new lifestyle of work-camping, we need to travel on. We still have New Mexico and a whole lot of Texas to go to reach our winter destination…

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