TucsonOh what a weekend!! After wondering for several days about the weather, 11 of us arrived at Marana Regional Airport on Friday, March 16th, to begin a busy weekend. Between us, we saw 80 acres of aircraft at the Pima Air Museum and visited Tubac, a town with over 100 eclectic shops and world class galleries.

One of our members “turned the key” as the Missile Combat Crew Commander of the Titan Missile, while others learned from a docent, all the ins and outs of life as a prairie dog, at the Sonoran Desert Museum.

Poor weather led half of the group to cancel, but those who came laughed till we cried at “The Lone Stranger,” a melodrama where we ate ice cream, booed the bad guys, and laughed at some redneck jokes that came shamefully close to identifying with a couple of us. The Lodge on the Desert was a welcoming venue with a southwestern theme, beautiful grounds, a lovely breakfast each morning and room for a dinner together one evening. Our rooms were spacious, perfect for our happy hour get togethers! It was a really nice time to hear from each other about new places discovered, tasty food enjoyed, and the unusual beauty of the desert.

We will not soon forget the towering Saguaros, the colorful sunset, or the time together with friends in this diverse and entertaining city.

A special thanks to Eric and Sally Kinder for organizing such a terriffic fly-in.