We were so surprised and happy to see Rich Luhr at our Heart of Texas Halloween campout in October! I mean, Rich lives in Tucson, so he was really that last person we expected to show up at the LBJ Grasslands, but he was picking up his ’68 Caravel from Paul, one of our members and decided to stick around for the weekend. We had a great time catching up and filling him in on our plans to leave Texas the following week to which Rich extended an incredibly generous in offer of courtesy parking in his driveway if we went through Tucson. A few days later after looking at the map and realizing the southern route this time of the year was the best, we took him up on his offer and made a date for dinner at Rich’s in Tucson.

After a fantastic stop at Rockhound State Park the night before, we arrived in Tucson in the afternoon, loving the cul-de-sac and large, wide street we were to call home for the next night. Rich’s place is a great vintage Tucson house with an amazing view of the Santa Catalina mountains — a no brainer as a home base in between traveling!

Quiet street? Check. Palm trees? Check. No lawn to mow? Check.

We hopped in the car for a tour of the mountains, heading to Mt Lemmon (9,000+ ft) stopping at the various lookout vistas for incredible views of the city below. What I didn’t expect was snow at the top.

View of Tucson from above.

It gets a little chilly up there...

The rest of the night was spent getting a ton of amazing advice from Rich about places to stop on our way to Seattle, and eating a delicious meal his wife made for us. Oh, and trying to give his daughter a real idea of the commitment it takes to be a dog owner. I think she passed the test.

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