Monday, February 21, 2011

Gilbert Ray Campground/Tucson Mountain Park



We had a short 35 mile drive yesterday to Gilbert Ray Campground, located in Tucson Mountain Park, on the west side of Tucson. This is our third stay at this campground, and we managed to get site C26, the same great site we had last year. It is  a huge, private site with no nearby neighbors and a great view of the surrounding mountains.


Our last day at Picacho Peak was spent driving to Casa Grande in a horrible dust storm. It was worth it, though, for the excellent pizza at Picazzo’s, and the excellent company of Debbie and her mom Pat. We were glad to finally get to meet her.

The wind was so bad our Lazy Daze neighbors at the park, Al and Anna, lost their air conditioner cover and had to make a trip to Camping World in Tucson yesterday for a new one. We got a little rain and it turned cooler, but today was sunny and back in the 60’s. This is one of the few complete rainbows we’ve ever seen.



We took a 2.5 mile hike this afternoon on the Gould Mine Trail, which leads to some remnants of an old copper mine. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors.





Debbie met up with us here and we plan to stay our 7 day limit, then move on to Benson for the Southwest Lazy Daze get-together next week, where we are looking forward to seeing our Iowa friends, Chuck and Carla. Both Jim and Oreo are feeling better, so life is good.


  1. Enjoy your blog. You guys are usually 2 weeks ahead of me, but I will see you in Benson.

  2. What a gorgeous photo of the rainbow. The CG looks great with a nice view of the mountains. Makes me want to get out there!

  3. Jim, look forward to seeing you there.


  4. Just popping over from the Bayfield Bunch blog and had to say I Love the RaInBoW Pictures! and some of your sunsets are so amazing! I can barely wait until April when we arrive!