Uneventful drive through the desert. I've never been much of a desert person, although it's growing on me a little bit. I still much prefer a more varied landscape, even if it comes at the cost of slightly lower temperatures.
Easy road to drive on, but pretty boring.
Most of highway 86 runs through an Indian Reservation.
Funny how in Canada we call them a "reserve" and in the U.S. they call them a "reservation". We were always taught that reservations were something you make for an outing to a restaurant! Language is an odd thing.
A big field of wildflowers.
As we entered Tucson, we went to a big Walmart SuperCenter to do some grocery and booze shopping.
One of the things we like to buy as a sort of a treat is yogurt. You know, that fruit on the bottom stuff, or something like that. But man, is it ever tough to find decent yogurt in the U.S.. They've got a great big section of many varieties and different manufacturers, but 98% of it is fat free crap, loaded with sugar. Even the new "Greek" style yogurt (which is supposed to be 10% fat) is now low fat or fat free. Sorry, but that's not Greek yogurt! I know, we would probably have to go to a Whole Foods store or something to get some real yogurt. But mainstream grocery stores do not sell decent yogurt in the U.S.. It's all crap, and if you compared it to what's available in other countries you might realize it.
Best yogurt we ever had in our travels was in Czech Republic!
Speaking of products available in mainstream grocery stores, I noticed the decline of quality on the jams section. Smuckers strawberry jam is now made with high fructose corn syrup (sugars made from corn are chemically produced, just like canola oil) instead of regular good old sugar. In doing some research, I found out that sometime in 2014 they changed the formula. Of course, high fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar! Other manufacturers are also using it in jam. The only mainstream manufacturer that still uses sugar is Kraft. However, their strawberry jam contains more sugar than it does strawberries!
By the same token, not all is bad news. They make much nicer deli meats in the U.S., (and at a much better price) than what is available to us in Canada!
Anyhow, just something we noticed regarding the overall decline in the quality of food available to the mainstream public. Yes, you can still buy good food if you search for it, but the general public doesn't even read ingredient labels.
Oh, and our great buy of the day?
A bottle of Seagrams VO Canadian Whiskey, for only $7.00!
This bottle of Canadian Whiskey, that we paid $7.00 for at a Tucson area Walmart, sells for $25.00 in Canada. Feeling pretty good about that purchase! :-)
So, we're walking out of Walmart on a busy Saturday afternoon, and we hear a voice behind us.
We turn around, and see a couple walking towards us. I figured this must be a couple of blog readers, and it was...however they're from our hometown of Ottawa, and the guy is the chief umpire from the Little League organization that our son played for. I was on the board of directors with him for a couple of years.
Too funny! Turns out they've been reading the blog for three or four years! I haven't even seen Peter in probably 8 years or so, and had never met his wife Brenda. So we had a chat in the busy parking lot for five minutes or so. Would have been nice to talk for longer, but it wasn't an ideal place!
Then, we headed to the Casino of the Sun. This is an older, small casino...but it's not located close to an Interstate, so we figured it would be a little quieter here. An it was! But the casino itself sucks. Terrible place, very smokey and lots of older machines. We don't gamble much, but decided to give ourselves each a $10 budget on the slot machines. I blew mine, but Ruth was up at one point before quitting when she got back down to $5...so $15 lost.
Slept fine last night...only two other RV's here and didn't hear any generator noise from either of them. Nice.
I see Amazon.com has finally dropped their price to match Walmart...
A good deal for a great little heater!