Filed under Arizona, Family
It snowed in Phoenix yesterday! According to one website the last time there was officially measurable snow in Phoenix was in 1937. But as you can see from these picture I took in our backyard big flakes were coming down. It even looked like it was hailing for a time.
The Superstition Mountains behind our house were covered with snow. Cars were stopped all along the streets so people could take pictures of the unusual sight. The snow still covered the mountains in the evening.
This morning we hiked the Hieroglyphic Trail and the snow was still there. It was weird to be hiking and find little patches of snow in amongst the cacti. We’re hoping it won’t snow again during our Phoenix stay because we are here for the warm sunny weather. It did however make for a unique experience to see the now familiar scenery decorated with snow.
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Filed under Arizona, Nature
My sister-in-law Shirley and brother-in-law Paul who live in Leamington, Ontario were visiting us here in Arizona for five days last week. We got lots of exercise. One day Shirley and I walked to the grocery store and back together, over 13 kilometers and another day Paul and Shirley and I made a one way walking journey to the store but Dave picked us up for the return trip. We went hiking on Silly Mountain. Here Paul and Shirley chat with some fellow Canadians we met on the mountain trails. The guys golfed four times and Shirley and I joined them for two of the rounds at the Mountain Brook and Sidewinder courses. I was pretty pleased with some of my shots but didn’t hold a candle to Shirley who was just whacking the ball and beat the guys on quite a few holes. On one hole it was hard to concentrate as we teed off because of all the yelping going on. We looked up to see a pack of six coyotes run away through the cacti. They were probably giving chase to one of the many rabbits on the course. Every evening we had happy hour out on the patio behind our house, which gets the warm sun starting at about two o’clock in the afternoon. Check out Shirley’s fashionable hat. Since Paul refused to wear his cool hat I told him I was going to steal it from him. There is a row of saguaros on Dinosaur Mountain behind our house that take on a rustic orange glow every evening as the sun sets. Every evening in between happy hour and supper we played a best of three games euchre tournament with the men against the women. Even though I was a euchre novice, Shirley and I managed to win a third of the games. Paul did accuse us of having too much table talk, and Dave suggested that during some of our pregnant pauses before we made our moves, we were subtly communicating with each other. Shirley and I decided to just ignore their complaints and enjoy the games even when we lost. One night Dave took us to the Handlebar Pub and Grill, his new favorite restaurant in Apache Junction. They specialize in all kinds of hamburgers grilled over a fire and served with a mixed green salad or a blue cheese potato salad. They also have eighteen of kinds of beer on tap and the ceiling features this collection of beer tap handles. We enjoyed our food and the country western music group that was performing. On Valentine’s Day Shirley and I made a special supper for the guys. I meant to take pictures of each course but only remembered to photograph the appetizers- stuffed blue cheese mushroom caps and melon wrapped with prosciutto. We also served a goat cheese, strawberry and arugula salad, steak and baked potatoes and a tuxedo cake for dessert.
Paul and Shirley left on Friday afternoon to move to their own condo in Scottsdale. We will get together again this week after eight more Driedger family members arrive in Arizona for a visit, four at our place and four at Paul and Shirley’s.
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Arizona
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Last week we drove to Scottsdale to have dinner with my Uncle Herb. He was staying at his daughter and son-in-law’s vacation home for ten days or so because he had some appointments in Phoenix. I was so glad we had a short break in house guests and were able to fit in a visit with my uncle. He lives in Arkansas with my Aunt Mary and so we don’t get to see them very often. Last winter Dave and I spent a memorable day with Uncle Herb because our visits to Phoenix coincided just as they did this year. You can read about that here.
Uncle Herb took us to dinner at Cartwright’s. It is named after a large ranch owned for over a century by the Cartwright family. The ranch is located just south of the restaurant and the restaurant’s interior is designed to look like the original Cartwright ranch house.
Next door to the restaurant was the Camarena Art Gallery and before we went into to dinner Dave browsed through the paintings on display outside. As you know from a previous post we’ve been having an ongoing debate about what kind of art work to put on our livingroom wall and Dave proposed that this piece just might work. I wasn’t sure how we would fit it in our car for the trip back to Manitoba.
With Uncle Herb you never run out of conversation topics. He’s interested in all kind of things- Mennonite history, travel and politics. Uncle Herb is a retired surgeon, who practiced in the mid-western United States and he and my aunt have also lived in Asia and Europe. Besides catching up on family news we discussed the differences between Canada and the United States in all kinds of things from gun control to health care to politics. Uncle Herb takes each of his grandchildren on a trip to Europe at some point after they graduate from high school and he told us about his plans for his next adventure with one of his grandkids.
The food and wine were great. Here are the two rather decadent desserts Uncle Herb insisted on ordering for us to share. The guys had steak and I had halibut cooked Sonoran Style with avocado salsa, sweet potatoes, charred tomatoes, yucca root and wood grilled squash. Dave and I also shared a watercress and gorgonzola salad with grilled tart apples and Arizona pecans. It was a memorable meal.
Dave and I do hope to make a trip to Arkansas to visit Uncle Herb and Aunt Mary this coming year, but it was great to catch up with each other last week. Our time in Arizona is giving us lots of opportunities to spend time with family and friends, which is an added vacation bonus.