We passed through Tucson on the way to
El Paso, but did not have the time to stop; nor
were we planning to do so on the way back to
Las Vegas. Fate, however, had other plans for
us. A slipping transmission had to be fixed
before we could safely continue. So, we left
our car with the AAMCO garage on Gulf Links
Rd. Chris, said he would do his best to get us
back on the road in three days.
With that assurance, my wife and I checked
into the J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa to take
full advantage of our unscheduled vacation;
something we learned to do over a twenty-two
year USAF career—making lemonade out of
a lemon as someone once said.
Those three days gave us the opportunity
to see the city, eat at some great restaurants,
shop, visit the Pima Air Museum, Davis-Monthan
Air Force Base, all while staying at one of the
best hotels in the country.
But the fondest memory we will take away
from our visit is that of the people of Tucson.
Everywhere we went, our hotel, restaurants,
shops, museums…people greeted us like old
friends, opened doors for us, and thanked me
for my service.
Ezdy and I are getting on in years (we’re 84).
After a lifetime of traveling around the world
and meeting so many wonderful people along
the way, we once again, find our lives enriched;
this time by the good people of Tucson.
True to his word, Chris did get us on the road
in three days. We left that Friday, November 17,
2017, happy to be on our way home, yet thankful
we were forced to stay a little longer than planned.