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Tucson Attractions

By Curt_Anderson
October 28, 2021 3:21 pm
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Donna and Ponderer,
I thought you might give us an update on your impressions of Tucson.

Tucson offers a little something for everyone. You can tour an 18th century mission the same day you feed the giraffes at the zoo and eyeball a rattlesnake at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Maybe you're a military history buff. That means you cannot miss the Pima Air and Space Museum. Or maybe it's just a challenging ride you after. Mount Lemon offers both road and mountain biking challenges that will have you coming back for more.

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  1. by Donna on October 28, 2021 5:01 pm
    Thanks for sending that video, Curt. We'll be heading back west tomorrow. We'll have plenty of time to visit those attractions when we retire here, but we've spent most of our time this week checking out apartments. We have it narrowed down to about 5 1-br apartments, all of which will be about $750-$800/mo cheaper than what we're paying in Long Beach, and all of them are larger than what we have now. The cheapest gasoline we've seen is $3.09, which is about $1.30 less than the cheapest in Long Beach. It's a fairly large city, ~600,000 population which is a little larger than Long Beach but more spread out, and a lot cleaner, especially the air. The surrounding mountains always look crystal clear. It has 2 US House members, both Dems. One is Raul Grijalva eho you may have heard of. Lots of restaurants. Everywhere we've eaten has been superb. Pizza Luna has the best pepperoni pizza I've ever had - not exaggerating. Sheri agrees. In fact we're going there for dinner again in a little while. Had it delivered last time. Good overall vibe. Lots of blinking yellow arrows at intersections which I haven't seen anywhere else. Just got a quote from a moving company - $2500 - $3000 which is about what we expected. We're looking at moving in December or January. Every rental agent has told us that many Californians have been moving to Tucson and AZ in general, and because of that, rents have gone up. A few we looked at recently increased by $50. Don't know when or how much the previous increase was. The U of AZ Wildcats are a big thing here. Has a way cool artsy section downtown near the campus. The Comfort Inn we're staying at has been superb. Great breakfast buffet which we've taken full advantage of every morning. Nice room with fridge, kitchen table and chairs, king size bed, cable TV, and sofa. Played miniature golf at a course near here today. Sheri won. Recreational mj is legal here which we've also taken full advantage of. It'll be a hassle moving, but it'll be worth it. We're both excited about retiring here. Seems like the perfect place.

  2. by Curt_Anderson on October 28, 2021 9:08 pm
    That sounds ideal!

  3. by islander on October 29, 2021 7:41 am

    Wow !!!

    Sounds like you're making a good move! I know that moving can be super stressful, but at least it doesn't involve selling your house and buying another one! The moving costs sound reasonable to me as well. When we moved here from FL we rented a Pod. They dropped it off right where we wanted it and we had a couple of weeks to fill it with our belongings. We called them when ready and they picked it up and shipped it up here to Maine. We then had a month (if needed) to unpack it, and they came when we called them and picked up the empty pod. It was convenient for us but you do have to to do all your own packing and loading and unloading.

    Happy retirement to you both and the new move sounds exciting! We're still overjoyed with our retirement move here to midcoast Maine (two years ago) and are now closer to our kids and grandkids, all of whom live here in New England !

  4. by Donna on October 30, 2021 8:36 am
    Thank you islander. I'm so happy that moving to Maine has worked out so well for you and your family!

    A pod can be ideal, but a pod wouldn't work out for us because as you said, we'd have to do all of our own lifting and hauling back and forth from the pod.

    We spent the night in Indio which is about 2 hours from our apartment in Long Beach, mainly to avoid driving into the setting sun, but it's a also a good thing we stopped here because just driving this far yesterday has put my back over the edge even though we shared driving duties. Now I'm wondering if I'll be able to work on Monday Sheri's back isn't doing well either. *sigh*

    Btw, we've decided to only consider a ground floor apartment.

  5. by Curt_Anderson on October 30, 2021 1:45 pm
    Speaking of backs, one year ago on this date I was in the hospital with a broken back (fractured 4th lumbar). Yesterday I ran more than six miles of mountain trail with (younger) friends. So back injuries and back pain isn't necessarily a permanent condition.

    A couple of years ago my wife and I went on a 1000 mile road trip of three national parks. Our car is a 2005 Subaru Forester with 110k miles on it. It was under 100K on our trip. We invested in a couple of gel car seat pads. My wife is more prone to back pain than I am. Neither of us had any back issues on the trip. Typically, we both would have been sore after a 300 mile drive (that's how far we are from Portland). So the gel seat pads seemed to have helped.

  6. by Donna on October 31, 2021 10:03 am
    Thanks for your suggestion. I'm glad that your back continues to do well. My back didn't hurt after arriving in Tuscon - only returning. Could have been due to carrying a small piece of luggage, but I carried the same piece when we checked in, so I dunno. Surprisingly it feels much better today. My back problem is hard to figure out.

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