We seem to have a new pattern of behaviour, very different to last years. Previously despite having the intent to start out early each day late nights usually meant we weren't up til 10am. This morning we again hit the breakfast at 6am before packing all but the food. We've got it organised so we take just one suitcase into the hotel in San Diego and gave pared back the dry goods bag, stashing things we will have no use for due to having no cooking ability in the car.
There's a monsoon storm warning in place for Tucson, expected to hit later toady, the remnants of a hurricane that's been heading up the Baja Peninsula. All it means to us is slightly cooler temps, not expected to get out of the high nineties and some clouds marring what has otherwise been stunning blue skies.
Heeding the advice to get there early we got to PIMA Air and Space Museum about 8.30 determined to get on the first boneyard tour at 11.30. Pete got to chat to a couple of the old timer guys before we got in.
Once in the doors, first in mind you we purchased our tickets and browsed the souvenir store. Only purchase was a t shirt for a friend.
Tickets secure we returned to our hotel to enjoy the ac for an hour before packing the food up and heading back for the tour.
The bus was very comfy, a/c etc We had to wait a few minutes due to our usual earlyness but at 11 we were off. A short drive took us to the base and our very knowledgable guide proceed to tell us all about the various aircraft. Pete spotted just one of his beloved F1-11's.
The planes are there to be stripped for parts, shredded & disposed of as scrap or to be refurbished or repurposed.
As soon as the tour was over we hit the highway and headed for SD. Not an exciting drive but we did go through several distinct landscapes, desert, sand dunes, mountains etc. We were stopped at two border patrol check points but neither were a big deal.
We got a text from Tal, he'd just arrived home and the airline had destroyed his suitcase. They also replaced it from a stash they have on hand so I guess that tells us how often it happens lol
As we got closer to SD we were treated to a spectacular orange sunset.
We checked into our room and walked over to the tower building where most were staying. It's undergoing refurbishment so it was difficult to work out how to get into the tower and the lift was a disgrace, clearly it's being used by the contractors.
We finally found the MASNA suite and had a few drinks with that crowd before returning to our room about 11 for some dinner, shower and bed.