Pulling onto Tucson’s Broadway Boulevard, both Hadyn and TomTom are barking at me for directions. By now, the paper map is layered in greasy finger prints and questionable stains; I’ve finally managed to contain our collection of brochures and postcards inside the glove compartment; food supplies are running low (one can of hot sauce and a bruised box of rice); and the car requires an intense vacuum.
Our road trip is over.
It’s retiring in the same place as most elderly Americans. “#1 Sunniest Retirement Spot in America!” boast billboards for “Adults-Only” RV parks. We will establish ourselves in Catalina State Park, on the outskirts of Spanish-sounding suburbs: Oro Valley, Marana, Casas Adobes. Maybe tomorrow, or the next day, we will drive down to Nogales. Forgetting my passport at home, the Mexican border taunts me unfairly.
But that, I suppose, will be another destination for another road trip.
Final stop on our Southwest American road trip: Tucson and Nogales, Arizona
Previous stops: Tucson and Nogales, Arizona
- The Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park, California
- Las Vegas, Nevada and the Hoover Dam
- Zion National Park, Utah
- Lake Powell, Arizona, the Navajo Reservation and Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- South Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Route 66, Holbrook and the Painted Desert, Arizona
- Sedona, Arizona