Thanksgiving in Tucson

A Visit Home


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  Growth Tip of a Sahauro Cactus.
Sony A7RM2: 1/400 sec, ISO 100, 70mm at f/8
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The Trip

We were invited back to Tucson to join the family for Thanksgiving.  So, we loaded the M5 and hit the road.  400 boring miles later, we were there.

Tracking Our Location Via The SPOT

Some years ago, after a scary mechanical failure in the canyons and mesas of southern Utah, we decided that we need a better way to advertise our position and call for assistance if needed.  Kathleen found out about the SPOT which is a GPS locator that transmits your coordinates via satellite so that others can see your location.  The location is plotted on Google maps and a "bread crumb" feature is available for an additional fee.  We have the enhanced service, so you can see our historical path back 50 updates or so.  See our current location plotted on Google Maps in Real-Time via SPOT satellite geo-locator device.  This page is "book-markable" and is updated approximately every 15 minutes, but may miss updates due to inability of our transmitter to reach the satellite.  The communication is "open loop" so the device never knows if it's messages are actually going anywhere, it just keeps trying until the next update is available.  If we are in a congested urban area with high buildings (like Manhattan) or in deep canyons, the position may not update.  We try to send an "OK" message once a day just to let everyone know that we are, in fact, OK. 

Connecting and Contacting Us While on the Trip

Because of internet connectivity issues on a previous trip, we purchased a MiFi cell phone modem that allows us to connect nearly anywhere there is at least 3G service via cell phone (which is most of the cell phone service area available today).  But, as we all know, cell phones are useful many places, but not everywhere has coverage, particularly in the remote areas of the country and outlying territories.  Our phones and the modem are enabled daily so you may contact us, although it may take a few days for us to respond.  But, we will respond.  My email, spelled out, is "bcaid at yahoo dot com".

Trip Details

The link table below contains links to the photos and dialog for each of the days of the trip

Links to Daily Adventures
Part Dates Adventure Locations
Thanksgiving Day Feast
Sabino Canyon


Conclusions and Advice to Travelers

It is always great to visit family and even better when outstanding food is involved.  The weather in Tucson was perfect for late November (as always) although a cold front is on the way with rain in the desert and snow in the high country in the forecast.


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