Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater is a volcanic cinder cone that has a day use area with picnic tables, vault toilets, and a viewing awning. Three hours is recommended for the hike to the crater, I did it in a little less but did not spend long since it was getting dark. I forgot to take my camera so all the pictures are from near the parking area. The bottom of the cone is just some cracked mud, with slopes of black and red volcanic rocks in every direction.

Since I was the only person there, I don't feel guilty about spending the night in the main lot rather than moving to the small paved overflow lot. The train tracks aren't particularly close, but the frequent trains can be heard quite well. Verizon internet connection was slow but usable.

Posted Wednesday 06 November 2013 23:25 UTC
Last edited Wednesday 06 November 2013 23:47 UTC

Desert Diamond Casino -- Tucson, AZ

The Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson allows RVers and truckers to stay for free in the level paved parking lot on the south end of the property. Enter from the south entrance on Nogales Highway. They actually paid me to stay there since I got a free buffet for joining their club and won almost $5 on a slot machine. One night a truck parked next to me and ran their engine all night, and occasional trains go by on the other side of the highway sometimes sounding their horns. Verizon internet was good, as was local TV reception.

Posted Wednesday 13 November 2013 00:21 UTC
Last edited Wednesday 13 November 2013 00:21 UTC

Pima Air and Space Museum

The Pima Air and Space Museum, near Tucson Arizona, has several hundred airplanes, mostly US military planes. Admission is $15.50. Hanger one is an overview of aviation, including an SR71. Hanger 3 and 4 are mostly World War II aircraft, including a B24 and a B29. Outside are many aircraft, mostly post World War II, including three B52 Bombers (one modified for launching an X15). I did not take the tour of the "boneyard" storage of retired military planes, which was extra cost.

The space portion is almost all mockups, information displays, and trainers with no actual space flight hardware. There are several NASA airplanes in the outside display, including a Super-Guppy.

Posted Thursday 14 November 2013 00:00 UTC
Last edited Wednesday 12 February 2014 18:54 UTC

Lazydays Campground, Tucson Arizona

The reason I decided to stay at the Lazydays campground in Tucson is I had a coupon for two free nights, as well as a free lunch in their Florizona Grill Resteraunt. Most sites are pull-through, the roads are paved, the gravel sites have a patio and paved parking spot for a toad or tow vehicle, and most have a tree. I timed my stay so I was able to do my needed dump and water fill. Lazydays is a large RV dealer in Florida, the Tucson location is fairly new and also quite large with hundreds of RVs for sale, a dozen or so service bays, and a large campground. As such campgrounds go, it wasn't bad but the regular price is higher than some others in the area. They are close to several other RV dealers and campgrounds, about a mile from a couple of grocery stores, and a few miles from the Pima Air Museum. While the site included cable TV, I got more channels and better signals with my antenna.

Update: a few weeks after I stayed there, this became a KOA campground.

Posted Friday 15 November 2013 00:00 UTC
Last edited Tuesday 11 March 2014 18:19 UTC

Casino Del Sol, Tucson Arizona

Casino Del Sol has the advantage and disadvantage of being further from Tucson than the Desert Diamond Casino. (Quieter, but further from shopping and other attractions.) It also has a level paved parking lot, with good Verizon signals and TV reception. The lunch buffet is significantly more expensive and not a lot higher quality.

Posted Saturday 16 November 2013 00:00 UTC
Last edited Wednesday 12 February 2014 18:54 UTC