From Las Cruces, we had planned to stay a night in Benson AZ, but we had made such good time, we called Michael & Kathy Lempert (our ultimate destination) and asked if we could possibly come a day early… they said “Sure” and so we continued on and made the beautiful “Starship Southwest” (their name for the property) around 2:30pm. The views from their place are absolutely amazing. We sat on the hill above the RV’s drinking wine and enjoying some cheese and crackers as we watched the sun setting and the beautiful colors on the Santa Catalina mountains. While at the starship we had 2 trips (with overnights) to Tucson for fridge repair and a new windshield. We learned all about the ins and outs of service warranty repairs and the fridge repair took far longer than planned and we didn’t get the repaired part back before we had to leave for Phoenix on 12/26 so back on 1/10 for the repaired cooler to be re-installed… Ugh! Thank goodness for our slide out chest fridge/freezer in the basement. A PITA to go outside to get stuff, but far better than the alternative of no fridge at all! Michael loaned us a 12v mini fridge for in the coach so we could keep a few things inside too. Thanks Michael!!
We stayed at the Starship through Christmas and enjoyed many holiday outings with Michael & Kathy and also Doug & Julie. We had a wonderful turkey dinner at Doug’s place prepared by Kathy, as well as 2 nights of Christmas parties at their friends Gary & Lilly and also Doug’s sister Sarah & her husband Don’s beautiful home overlooking Tucson. Great food and great people, all with roots in Maine too! We had a nice Christmas morning with Michael & Kathy and Kathy made some wonderful waffles with Maine blueberries! I grilled up some nice thick smoked bacon on the grill to go with them. It was nice to be with friends from Maine on our first Christmas “away”. We chatted and videoed with Sarah & Ryan as well as some of our siblings & friends which was nice too.
We left the Starship on 12/26 and headed to Tolleson AZ (part of metro Phoenix) as the coach had a service date there and Jane was flying out of Phoenix early on 12/27 for a visit back to Maine & NH to see Sarah and her family. They repaired the heater core at the Freightliner shop so we now have heat and defrosting capabilities again! Also had an oil change, lube, fluids checked, greased chassis etc.