Friday, March 19, 2010

Monaco Pre-Rally, Tucson, AZ

I know, what’s a pre-rally? In motorhome life there are 2 big rally's a year in the Spring and the Fall.  The organization who runs these rally’s is the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA).  A lot of specialized clubs, like Monaco International, holds a rally the week before the big FMCA.  This year the FMCA Spring rally is in Albuquerque, NM.  The closest large site for a pre-rally is at Beaudry RV in Tucson, AZ.  That’s why we’re in Tucson. 

The rally starts on Monday afternoon, so we’re enjoying our first visit to the Tucson area.  After visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on Saturday, we went out to dinner with our good friends Ron & Dona Davis and Joe & Phyllis Beebe.  Originally we wanted to go to a Mexican restaurant, but we couldn’t get a reservation, so we decided on Italian.  Mama Louisa’s has been a Tucson favorite since 1956, with good old fashion southern Italian cuisine.  I had Pork Parmigiana with tortellini alfredo.  Linda had Chicken Marsala.  Both were excellent and the breadsticks were to die for.  We left there with doggy bags and full stomachs.

Since we couldn’t have Mexican food Saturday night,  we decided to meet for lunch at the El Carro Cafe in historic old Tucson.  It was opened in 1922 and is still at the same location.  Again the food was great, although the service was very slow.  Linda had the Dos Tacos Supremas with shredded dry beef and chicken.  I had two handmade tamales, one red beef and one chicken tomatillo.  Both were very tasty, especially the chicken.

Some of the highlights of the rally were special times with our Monaco friends, an interesting seminar explaining the future of Monaco since Navistar purchased the company, Linda was chosen to be on the Audit committee and attended a beading class where she created a beautiful bracelet.  And I gave my second wine seminar in two weeks to about 85 attendees.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the seminar and tasting.  They had great questions and good comments and emails.

The rally ended Friday morning and we moved the MoHo to the Thousand Trails campground in the Verde Valley.  It’s in Northern Arizona close to the Sedona area.  We’ll be here a week visiting all of the historic sites and cities.  More on that later.

1 comment:

Dkalla said...

It is so amazing, I must be really wanting to see you guys...I actually was trying to get Ken to take a vacation in Albuquerque, but the way it sounds we would have come in behind you...I really would love to see you put on one of your wine seminar's, not to mention drinking with you...hee hee
Glad to hear you are still so involved....hey would you be able to help with a discount for Trisha's wedding besides our 10% discount for being club members...hee hee