The Tucson TB PreMeet-up

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The Pima Air Museum
 

I left Duck's place before Bonny's Bar opened and drove the eighty miles back to Tucson. A TravBuddy pre meet-up was scheduled for three o'clock at the Pima Air Museum, allowing plenty of time to check into the Howard Johnson Hotel that I had reserved a couple of weeks ago through the TB site. 

 

I got to the museum about quarter to three. I didn't see anyone resembling TravBuddies loitering about so asked at the entrance desk. They confirmed a scheduled tour but no one had arrived yet so I paced the lobby and browsed the gift shop. Sometime after three,  I gave Harriet , the organizer,  a call (www.travbuddy.com/Africancrab). She was still on her way back from Phoenix where her and Tim (www.

travbuddy.com/TYoungTX  had gone to pick up Roselle (www.travbuddy.com/row-zzzzz) from Sky Harbor Airport after her delayed flight from Calgary, Alberta Canada.

 

By 3:30, the museum staff grew concerned so I called Harriet back to check their progress. Tim's voice answered the call, "Harriet's personal assistant..." and I heard giggles in the background from Harriet and Roselle. I knew then that this was going to be a great meet-up. They were still 10-15 minutes out. By then it was too late for the tour so the staff generously let me enter the museum for free in appreciation for my patience and efforts. With about an hour to closing, I just browsed a small section.

 

When I exited the building, I gave Harriet another call. She had tried calling me but my (Wal-Mart)trac-phone did not ring while I was inside the building.

Harriet, Melissa, Roselle, Mellanie, Brett, and Erin
They were inside the museum and on their way out. The exit is through the gift shop and that's where we finally met. Roselle and Tim had been TravBuddy friends for many months; Harriet, since she planned this meet-up back in May or so. It was as though we had been lifelong friends and for that, I would strongly recommend any TravBuddy who has not been to a meet-up to go to one!

 

I followed my three new old friends to Harriet's apartment where we enjoyed some fine South African wine, chatted, and compared experiences, adventures, and future travels. For awhile there it must have looked like the TravBuddy world headquarters as we all had our laptops out and were logged in. Afterward, we drove to the nearby On the Border Restaurant where Harriet had a large table reserved.

 

A group had already been seated when we arrived. The only one who I had met before - at my first meet-up in Santa Monica last March - was Mellanie (www.travbuddy.com/mellemel8). She had come down from Las Vegas and has been a TB friend and supporter from my early beginnings.

Mellanie, Roselle, Nathan, and Krysta
It was a thrill to see her again. Melissa (www.travbuddy.com/Melissa919) also came down from Las Vegas. Brett         (www.travbuddy.com/metsbwd) traveled all the way from the Netherlands. Though we had never met, I immediately recognized Erin (www.travbuddy.com/poohstanggt) from the TravBuddy home page. She told amazing stories of her recent trip to Belize. Nathan and Krysta (www.travbuddy.com/kre0123)

were also already seated. Keith (www.travbuddy.com/kchrist454) and Dema (www.travbuddy.com/demachelles) arrived a little later after riding down from Phoenix on a Harley.

 

The entire group hit it off as though we were at a family reunion. In a sense, we were. I didn't have the chance to talk to everyone as much as I would have liked. I was curious not so much to why they travel but how they get to do it as much as they do. I wondered what they did for a living. I learned they came from all kinds of backgrounds and all walks of life. It was an absolutely fascinating experience. The food was great too!

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The Pima Air Museum
The Pima Air Museum
Tim, Harriet, and me
Tim, Harriet, and me
Harriet, Melissa, Roselle, Mellani…
Harriet, Melissa, Roselle, Mellan…
Mellanie, Roselle, Nathan, and Kry…
Mellanie, Roselle, Nathan, and Kr…
TBers
TBers
Brett and Erin
Brett and Erin
Mellanie takes a shot
Mellanie takes a shot
On the Border
On the Border
Flying high at the Pima Air Museum…
Flying high at the Pima Air Museu…
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