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Hey Tucson Locals out there

  • 1.  Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-16-2019 22:44
    Edited by Jim Ialeggio 01-16-2019 22:45
    Re the convention in Tucson...my wife Judy and I were looking at national parks and various hikes in that interesting environment, for after the convention. Question...are 2 or 3 hour hikes, or even camping, out of the question in July?  Looks like July weather is day/100+, eve/75-ish. Can one spend time messing about outside in July, during the day?  Or does one time excursions in early morning or dusk, to get around the midday heat?

    Or perhaps there are higher cooler altitudes to explore in that general vicinity.

    If not, we may just have to come back in the winter...poop.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 2.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-17-2019 08:28
    Jim -

    After the 2010 convention in Vegas I took the miata on a 3K mile tour of southern UT and along both sides of the AZ/NM border, including 3 days in Tuscon visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum and Davis-Monthan AFB (aka "The Boneyard") while dealing with transmission troubles. Lots of great (and free, in AZ state facilities) camping. It's HOT in July, so I did all my camping at higher altitudes several hours from Tuscon itself, but there are mountains just to the north, too. Highly recommended if you can make it happen. Give me a call if you'd like specific recommendations.

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    Mark Dierauf
    Concord NH
    603-225-4652
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  • 3.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-17-2019 13:00
    will do...thanks Mark

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 4.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-18-2019 09:37
    The Kitt National observatory is at 7000 ft and the spot to be cool during the excessive hot days. We signed up for the night viewing. Froze our butts off and we had jackets on for the sunset view and lecture.
    The full moon in the desert is bright as day. Still it is way too hot for mush else.
    Sedona might be of high enough elevation for some cooling. The red rock mountains are spectacular and not that much farther north of Phoenix to make it to the airport. Many hiking trails and of course sunrise and sunset are the best times.

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    Keith Roberts
    owner
    Hathaway Pines CA
    209-728-2163
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  • 5.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-18-2019 18:51
    Having lived in Sedona for a few years at one time, I can tell you that it still gets hot at 4k feet in the summer time. Not nearly as bad as Phoenix, or even Tucson, but too warm for me to sleep comfortably without AC.

    That said, The Oak Creek Canyon, in which Sedona is situated, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Well worth the trip up there, if you can make it.

    Alan

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    Alan Eder, RPT
    Herb Alpert School of Music
    California Institute of the Arts
    Valencia, CA
    661.904.6483
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  • 6.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-18-2019 19:28
    Alan,  when you were living in Sedona, in July, did you spend all your time inside in the summer, or just hide in the shade noon till 4ish or so?

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 7.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 01-22-2019 11:38
    Jim,

    For high school, I attended Verde Valley School (located just outside Sedona proper), so did not spend the entire summer there. September and June were hot enough for me to make sure that I had somewhere else to be during July and August. I've been back to visit during those months, but only for a couple of days at a time.

    Alan

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    Alan Eder, RPT
    Herb Alpert School of Music
    California Institute of the Arts
    Valencia, CA
    661.904.6483
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  • 8.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-06-2019 10:30
    Hello, everyone,

    I finally have time to answer a few questions about Tucson. First - Arizona is on MST all year. Sunrise in July is about 5:30. If you want to plan outdoor activities like visiting the world class Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, do them early in the day or after sunset (about 7:30 in July). Higher elevations are highly recommended for daytime activities. The top of 9,000 ft. Mt. Lemmon is about one hour’s drive from the city. Mt. Lemmon is honeycombed with hiking trails. The village of Summerhaven, near the top, has several eating establishments.
    If your plans include the rest of Arizona, you can fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor. You will then be about 130 north of the convention hotel. Then a rental car would be useful. Tucson, at about 2500 ft. and Phoenix at about 1000 ft, will be hot in July ( Phx about 5 degrees hotter than Tucson). If you are in Phoenix, plan on indoor activities like the amazing Musical Instrument Museum.
    There was some talk of Sedona. At about 4500 ft. It is also going to be hot in July. Perhaps the best outdoor feature of Sedona at that time of year is its position at the base of Oak Creek Canyon. A beautiful scenic drive will take you near Flagstaff. At about 7000 ft. It is considerably cooler with with many hiking options and about 1 1/2 hours away from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
    July is near the beginning of the Monsoon. It may or may not rain during the convention but an umbrella is not inappropriate. Afternoon showers can easily lower the temperature 20 degrees.

    I hope many of you will be in Tucson in July for the PTG convention. Feel free to send me any questions.

    Bob Anderson, RPT
    Tucson, AZ




  • 9.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-07-2019 10:57
    Hi Bob,
    Thanks for all of this helpful information. I won’t be renting a car so I’m wondering if there is anything within walking distance of the hotel? From the photos it looks gorgeous, but pretty isolated from anything else. Maybe the hotel provides transportation to some of the sites you mentioned??
    Thanks for being our tour guide.
    ~ jeannie

    Jeannie Grassi, Registered Piano Technician
    Island Piano Service
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    206-842-3721




  • 10.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-07-2019 12:14
    You’re right that Starr Pass is a ways out. I know that the Home Office is working on ways to aid people in getting to sites and attractions. Keep tuned and I’ll also post when I find out anything useful.

    Yours,

    Bob Anderson, RPT
    Tucson,AZ




  • 11.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-06-2019 11:26
    The Miniature Museum I thought was nothing short of amazing.  At the time they had a traveling display of "CARVED PENCIL LEAD".  Yep.  They supplied magnifying glasses for you to see them better.  The rest of the place was houses ....  doll houses in miniature.  The detail was jaw dropping.

    Kirchner Caverns out does Carlsbad but just as impressive.

    My sister is a docent at the Sonoran Desert Museum

    There's a RR Museum there.  A full consist of freight goes by every few minutes.  It's a very busy freight hauling route.  The volunteers at the static display were eager to answer any questions I had.  That's the place that taught me why rail cars catch fire while rolling down the line.

    It'll be hot.  It's the opposite of Wisconsin where I'm from.  We hid from the frigid temps in the winter by learning to stay inside.  AZ you learn to keep busy inside during the summer, rubber products on your car turn hard from the heat, not the cold.  Your vegetable garden takes a break in the summer, not the winter.

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    Larry Fisher
    Owner, Chief Grunt, Head Hosehead
    Vancouver WA
    360-256-2999
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  • 12.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-06-2019 12:36
    Is it safe to take a day trip to Nogales, Mexico?

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    William Bremmer
    RPT
    Madison WI
    608-238-8400
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  • 13.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-06-2019 13:11
    Yes, Bill, it’s safe to enter Nogales, Sonora. I think Mexico will want to see your passport. When you return you’ll need ID - either a passport or a birth certificate plus a form of ID with your photo. The border is about 60 miles south of our convention hotel. From Starr Pass Blvd., which turns into 22nd St., before the freeway, take I-10 South. Almost immediately you’ll see the exit for I-19 to Nogales.

    Bob Anderson, RPT
    Tucson, AZ




  • 14.  RE: Hey Tucson Locals out there

    Posted 02-06-2019 14:52
    Thank you for the information, Robert!

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    William Bremmer
    RPT
    Madison WI
    608-238-8400
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