We moved to the Mission View RV park because we could get only one night at the downtown location. This one is on the eastern edge of the San Xavier Reservation, which is the smaller of the Tohono O'odham Nation Indian reservations in the area.
We spent some time getting to know our new neighborhood, which includes the Spanish Mission San Xavier del Bac. It was built between 1783 and 1797. and is a National Historic Landmark. It has been in continuous use for over 200 years and was built by Tohono O'odham laborers. One of the signs inside suggested how surprised the Native Americans must have been when the Spanish arrived and told them they owned the land. I think dismayed and angry might be more likely descriptions! I also learned that the building, which is beautiful, looks somewhat like a mosque which is attributed to the Moorish influence when they invaded Spain in 711 A.D.
We also found Mr. K's BBQ. The barbeque is delicious and in addition to his culinary skills, Mr. K has also compiled some interesting history of African Americans in the Tucson area.
So our neighborhood has a long and complicated history. Oh yeah, and an awesome hot tub!
Ann, Doug, Moose, Darla, Sunny, and with gratitude, Winnie and Chinny.