Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Catalina State Park, AZ, Day 3 & The Pima Air & Space Museum

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013, Catalina State Park, AZ, Day 3 & The Pima Air & Space Museum - 0 miles, 4,477.6 For the Trip

Another day here in Catalina. While I didn't do any towing today, I did put some mileage on the RAV4. Speaking (well, typing) of mileage, I often have people ask if I actually tow the trailer with the RAV4. I, of course, say yes, and then mention how many miles I've towed it. I've been saying 39,000 miles when I hit 4K on this trip, but decided to actually add the trips up for a more accurate count. The result - as of today, 43, 535.2. Not bad for a little RAV4!

I decided to check out the Pima Air & Space Museum. I love looking at old airplanes, and this place is huge. A couple of buildings filled with airplanes, engines, rockets, etc as well as acres of outdoor storage of all kinds of airplanes. While I enjoyed the indoor sections, the field outside was cool and very windy. Since it was hot and calm when I left the campground only 24 miles away, I didn't bring a jacket. Big mistake! While I didn't walk through all the rows of airplanes outside, I did see a bunch that I wanted to see. The only one I was looking for that they didn't have was a P38 Lightning. My uncle worked on the design of the P38, a very neat looking airplane. They had one, but it was traded off to another museum. I took a bunch of photos - no captions, but they are all from the museum. The last image is one of a piece of moon rock brought back on one of the Apollo missions. Photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I got back to the campground around 3:30 and sat in the sun reading until dinner. One of the campers across the street from me locked his keys in the car. It took a locksmith an hour and a half to get here, and 10 seconds with a Slim Jim to open the door. I don't want to guess what it cost, but less than breaking a window!

Dinner was a salad. I should have waited - the guys with the locked door stopped by around 6:30 asking me to bring over a plate for a share of their turkey dinner!

Until Next Time -

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