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FRIDAY, March 8:
Rest and Relaxation
This blog will be devoted to our non-CHRPA days here in Tucson! And I wish it could be filled with fascinating places we went to today, but this was a day for relaxing!!! After a lazy morning, we drove up to the Weight Watchers office so I could weigh in. They were going to charge me $13 just to stand on a scale and record a weight. Wouldn't accept my out of state pass this time. I said forget it! Was not happy.
So...we drove down Speedway to the Wal-Mart where we had other shopping to do. (Starting with a new pair of jeans for me since I pretty well destroyed my 'good' ones yesterday with the tar adhesive up on the roof.) I went to the scales, took a couple out of the package, weighed on both, and wrote down my weight as the higher of the two. It still said I had lost 2.4 pounds over the week! I'll take it! (Must have been the good dinner of French Vanilla Icee and Ice Cream cone the night before!) Thought about buying a cheap digital scale, but they were all out of the cheap ones. I'll just go find another Wal-Mart in a week and check again!
Back to Resort CHRPA for an afternoon of scattered rain showers, holding the trailer down in the winds, and laundry. I finished a jigsaw puzzle in the CHRPA lounge while doing the laundry. Worked on a couple of scribbles.
|Sunrise sky and storm clouds|
I only took one picture today - of the sky during the sunrise this morning!
SATURDAY, March 9:
Rillito Bike Path & Tucson Book Fair
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Today we were going to drive up to Kitt Peak National Observatory, but the weather forecast snow up there and a high of 39 degrees with winds. We decided it didn't sound like a great day to ascend to 7000' and be outside much of the time! So....we took a bike ride instead up on a section of the bike path north of town along River Road and the Rillito River (which is a wide dry bed except during the monsoon season).
|Rick tastes honey at the Farmer's Market|
A Farmer's Market takes place at a beautiful plaza near River Road and Campbell. We parked the bikes and wandered around for abit. Tasted honey, nuts, coffee, and some jams. Made a purchase for some gifts and for ourselves which Rick had to figure out how to carry back on the bike since we didn't bring any fanny pack!
We were rained on a few times during the ride, but mostly sprinkles. Nothing that really got us wet!
|Snow on the Catalina Mts.!!!|
|Funky Bisbee automobile!|
Rest of afternoon spent relaxing, talking to Liz on phone, visiting with Lorene and Walter (they wanted to know more about my scribble books), drawing, etc.
Tomorrow? Sabino Canyon hikes!!!
SUNDAY, MARCH 10:
Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area
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|Cactus around Visitor|
|Trailhead for Seven Falls|
|Upper two falls in the distance|
|Teddy Bear Cholla with sun behind it.|
|Trail and canyon views|
A GOOD HIKE!!!
|Ginger Birthday picture by the main pool on Bear Creek|
Grocery shopping, talks with the boys and Mom, and SOOPS Social time (we brought some mini eclairs as my birthday cake to share). Good day, good evening, good birthday!
|More desert vistas from Sabino Canyon area|
FRIDAY, March 15
Kitt Peak National Observatory/YAVs
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Whew! It is now 9:20pm and the end of a very busy day that has included Kitt Peak, bicycle repair, and dinner with the YAV house!
|First views of the telescopes as we near the turnoff.|
|From the top of the 4m Mann Telescope, a view of|
the Kitt Peak complex.
Back to the VC just in time to start the second tour - of the 2.1 scope. Our tour guide was a former pilot and very knowledgeable of the area and facilities. He also explained various universal concepts including dark matter and dark energy, two fields that the 4.0 telescope has been instrumental in making new discoveries.
|4m Mann Telescope|
|Area students have created mosaics|
for parts of the visitor center.
|Entrance hallway to YAV House|
The house is a former boarding house, so when you walk in you are met by a HUGE broad hallway with doors off to either side! Eleven people are living in the house, including Jacob and Meredith, former YAVs from Luke's year. They each have their own rooms. Ellison works out near Benson during the week, so as the only other single male, he also has a room. Kendra and Karl are married and share a room, and that leaves six more gals to pair up for the three remaining rooms. It is full! We saw the 16 chickens out back, Karl's plans for more garden plantings, new bike racks installed, etc. Pizzas were ordered, Rick, Karl, and Ellison went down to pick up some beer. Jacob left this morning, so we didn't get a chance to see him, but Meredith did come in and join us for dinner. A fun and entertaining group!!! And they definitely enjoyed their pizza!! Rick and I left around 8pm to find our way home in the dark!
|2012-13 YAVS: Tavi, Austin, Ellison, Maddie, Kendra & Karl, Sarah, and Stephanie. Missing: Enid (sleeping)|
Unfortunately Meredith from Luke's year had just left for the evening and Jacob was out of town.
Breakfast with Kyle/Mt. Lemmon - Catalina Highway
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|With Kyle Anderson|
A good visit with Kyle, now teaching math at the junior high level in Phoenix - in a school that is 88% free and reduced lunches. Tough job. Kyle was a tennis teammate of Luke's at Linfield. A super young man.
|Rock formations along hwy|
|Hard to believe this is only|
thirty miles from Tucson!
|Top of Mt. Lemmon|
I drove back down the mountain and we stopped at several viewpoints along the way, including the San Pedro River viewpoint to the north of the mountain. As we descended we felt the heat of the valley return. The top was a good 25 degrees color, especially with a brisk breeze blowing over the snow.
We found a Goodwill store out near the Bear Canyon Road and picked up new work pants for Rick, a shirt for me, and a couple of books. Then a stop to Beyond Bread for rolls and a pretzel (they had sold out of multi-grain bread) and back to Resort CHRPA. While cooking up some stir fry veggies for dinner, we ran out of propane!!! I was shocked, thinking we hadn't cooked that much. Rick reminded me of hot water for showers, and we took all our showers in Cruces last fall in the trailer, but all on this trip, and we hadn't put in propane since Pagosa Springs! We were absolutely empty!! We removed the tank and Rick made a run to fill the tank!
Marg called in the meantime and we had a good visit while I finished cooking dinner. Quiet evening, after we got the trailer cooled off from the 94 degrees it was when we returned.
SUNDAY, March 17
ST PADDY'S DAY! Rest and Relaxation!
Not too much exciting to say about today. Other than it is again warm, but each day cools just a bit! We attend church at Shalom Fellowship and the 'SOOPS' are in charge of the 2nd Hour Education time - to talk about our experiences. We were each given a max of 5 minutes to talk! I worked hard before church and got another CHRPA scribble finished which I then colored with the pencils to share.
I enjoy the Mennonite service here: casual and relaxed - comfortable. Today we got to hear the pastor Bryce preach. He does a great job. I did notice that he preaches in his stocking feet! I asked the other SOOPS later about it. Because of his cerebral palsy, it helps Bryce to keep his balance, etc. if he can grip the floor better. At times his diction is hard to understand, but he preaches so passionately that you forget about the disability.
After 2nd Hour, we decided to go out to lunch with Lorene, Walter, Bruce, and Marj. Altho Walter said we could ride with them, we opted to drive so we could go grocery shopping and gas up at the same time. Well, Walter gave us the wrong directions to the restaurant. Rick and I spent over a half hour trying to find the right Chinese restaurant, finally gave up and ate at Wendy's, did our shopping and returned back to CHRPA. Walter felt horrible - Marj said later he kept leaving the table to look for us. We tried to reassure him later!
Afternoon of catching up on laundry - we even washed our sheets! Visits with moms on phone, and then social hour in the SOOP lounge. Titus and his wife Joy came over to join us. A quick game of dominos with our treats and then good conversation for another hour!