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Seven Sunny Days

The plane was full. We didn’t care much, though. It’s a quick 3 hour flight to Mesa, Arizona and we had seven warm days to look forward to. Seven days of worshipping the sun by the pool, chillaxing at the shaded patio table with a cold drink and the occasional trip of exploration to the botanical gardens, local walking paths and, of course, yarn and electronics stores.

My idea of a great holiday would be to spend every waking hour either sitting by the pool or on the back patio knitting and reading and drinking cold stuff. Geoff’s ideas of a great holiday is hanging out at the pool or patio in between shopping trips and golf rounds. Our week in Phoenix turned out to be a mix of both. We enjoyed breakfast at the Itsy Bitsy Diner and pizza at the Organ Stop Pizza. The rest of our meals were home cooked with fresh veggies from the Superstition Ranch Market and washed down with cold beer. The shopping took us to Jessica Knits, PGA Professional Golf Store, Bead World, Tri-Tek, Harbour Freight, Ross’s, a book store and a tech gadget on-line store. Two were my picks (one was a drive-by surprise) and the other six were for Geoff (go figure).

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Only once did Geoff and Mom go golfing; I waited in the lounge and knitted a few more inches on my socks I started with the yarn I bought at Jessica Knits. Geoff wore his new shoes and shorts and I snuck a piece of chocolate cake when nobody was looking. (A tasty consolation prize for going along instead of staying on the patio alone.)

Twice Geoff and I ventured off on our own. The one thing we both look forward to while visiting the desert is exploring the desert. So we spent a day at the Desert Botanical Gardens and a day gallivanting around the Tonto National Forest. The gardens gave a close up view of many different plant species found in different areas of the dessert. The butterfly pavilion was open for business and we must have been in there for almost an hour. The weather was perfect for walking around outside and the garden designers were very smart in the way they offered up several shady areas to sit and cool down. The Tonto Forest, however, was not so considerate. After driving into the park about 20 miles or so, we find out that we need a park pass to park anywhere, anytime. So we drove back to town, paid the nice young lady at the Chevron $6.00 for our 24 hour pass and drove back into the forest. Which, by the way, does not look like a forest. Not in the part we were in, anyway. There were hundreds of Saguaro Cactuses and miles of hills, valleys, mountains and barbed wire fencing. All, except for the barbed wire, in southern shades of terra cotta red and soft greyish green.

We took many pictures at both the garden and the forest and a few around the condo. Speaking of the condo…what a great place to be. Geoff spent most of his time there exploring his new strawberry pi computer stuff and you would usually find me with my knitting needles in hand. Louise knitted up a handy beer cozy mitt; no so appropriate for desert weather, but it’ll be a great hit here in snowy Alberta. Brrrr, go-home time came far too quick, neither of us were ready to leave. It was really nice to spend time with Mom at her snow bird home and visit with the neighbours.

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