Friend Linda from Indiana went to church with me last Sunday and when I introduced her I said, “She has been here for a few days and she’s going to stay the rest of the winter.” She laughed and protested but neither of us realized how prophetic that was. I was going to take her to the airport Wednesday, Feb 2. Well, guess what, the “Monster Storm” that hit the Midwest shut down the Indianapolis airport and she is now staying until Friday. It is amazing how many things have to be changed or taken care of when you are forced to remaneuver two days of your life.
We drove the full four-hour+ drive to Tucson last Thursday and met her friend, Patty, for lunch at The Olive Garden. The friendship between Linda and I goes back twenty years to when we were 17 (!) but Patty and Linda’s friendship goes even further back so they had a lot of ground to cover. They are like Linda and I. We rarely see each other even tho we stay in touch via e-mail or phone calls once in a while. When we see each other, it is like no time has gone by. Friendships like that are to be cherished.
After lunch, Linda and I checked into our hotel and then drove the short distance to San Xavier Del Bac Mission, sometimes referred to as “The White Dove of the Desert.” The last time I visited was probably in the early 1990s and the Mission was being restored one of its many times since its original foundation was laid in 1700. It is a very few miles SW of Tucson and definitely worth a visit. I will tell you more about it in an RV Life article later on this year.
We were fortunate to have wonderful weather our three days in Tucson but this particular Thursday went downhill after our visit to the Mission. We picked up a quick supper to eat at the motel and headed back. I turned my turning light on and drove into the turning lane. I was startled to see out of the corner of my eye, a huge white Nissan Titan about to strike me. And it did. She was coming off a side street and put a huge dent in the side of my Astrovan which included creaming my gas tank cover. I’m not sure where she was headed.
I admit I was shook up. I’m sure I must have been involved in an accident somewhere through the years but not in recent memory. No one was hurt for which we are all grateful. I was worried the gas tank was involved but after putting only a few gallons in at a time and finding no leaks, I finally decided that wasn’t a problem. The Astro doesn’t look too good. I’ll let you know what happened and tell you “the rest of the story” next week. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”