This Tucson home sits on a couple of quiet acres but is close to town. Our goal is to provide a peaceful, friendly, safe environment for animals and humans to interact and learn from each other.
Our preference would be a visitor with strong riding skills. Two of the horses are in dressage training. They also go to novice horse trials. There have been a few visitors that I could have taken lessons from and I loved it. If someone could visit for long enough they could go to competitions in the US with my sponsorship. The trail riding that we do is also not always for the faint of heart. It can be leisurely for site-seeing but it is always nice to cover some ground.
There are always things to be done. Twice a day the horses and dogs are fed and manure cleaned up. This takes about one-half hour morning and evening. The rest of the day depends on priorities at the time, for example: tree trimming, pasture maintenance, lawn and garden work; horse and equipment care, horse exercise dependent on ability level; irrigation system maintenance and repair.
Although there are only two human residents living here, there are three or more dogs, one cat, three horses, and a mule plus many friends with their critters visit. We are both professionals and retired so our minds are in better shape than our bodies! We enjoy sharing the southwest and anticipate learning about other countries. Limited understanding of English is fine if learning English is a goal. If you are someone who prefers to stay in your room until told to help, this is not the place for you. This is not the time to be on the phone all day. Find what needs improvement, make suggestions, initiate and you will be rewarded with wonderful experiences.
We have found that three weeks (preferably longer) gives time to visit our area and experience the southwest.
I have also learned that I really don’t prepare regular meals — We often shop with our visitors and buy what they like to eat. If they cook, I like to share the eating and will help but my cooking is sporadic! If a visitor likes beef, pork or chicken, there is a ridiculous amount on hand. If they like sweets, yep, lots. We also have lots of fresh veggies and salad makings ... I would rather pull weeds, trim trees, drive the tractor, mow the lawn than clean the house so cleaning the house and porches is a daily chore with all these animals.
Retirement so far is great and ‘workaway’ has added to our lives.
I am adamant about no smoking.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
The variety of people, professions, and ages that come to our home is unusual. I encourage my friends to drop in to eat or just sit on the porch and enjoy the surroundings. Discussions will promote language skill, encourage questions about the American way of life, environment issues, cultural differences, financial difficulties, history of the southwest and more.
We have plenty that could get done but do not stress. Yardwork, gardening, organization, general housework, or cooking are examples of the type of work but it will depend on the person. For example, if someone wanted to learn mostly about horses we could focus on that. If they wanted to learn about plumbing or electrical we could pick a project involving that. A self motivated person will be appreciated, but direction and choices will be discussed. What is asked of the person would be dependent on that persons interests or skills. I believe in treating people with respect and expecting the same. The length of time someone is staying will determine the type of project they could be involved. Dan is an architect, commercial contractor and retired military so his shareable experiences are extensive. Rhonda has worked as a environmental scientist for over thirty-five years including mining, utilities and private consulting.
On a daily basis we care for the horses, dogs, cats and ourselves. Depending on the weather we can work or play inside or out. I encourage appreciation of the desert and it's history. From our home there are walking, bicycle and horse trails. The bus system is close and will take a bike along which I will provide so access to downtown, etc. is convenient.
Guest bedroom (king comfort select mattress) and guest bathroom. You can use this bedroom for two if you're friends. A second bedroom is my old office, AC, tile floors. Well water, solar power.
Volunteers will have access to trails, bikes, bus transportation, any family or group trips or shopping. University of Arizona and downtown Tucson are easily reached by bus. Uber is about $10 to downtown. I am open to horse camping, archeological Indian site trips or other types of touring around. The Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Walnut Canyon and many more sites are in Arizona
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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