Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On The Road ...

March 7, 2017 

We were on our way ... on an excellent adventure ...
travelling along the highway ... 
Making our way to our first stop of the trip ...
the famous Montezuma Castle National Monument ...
Eric & Sharon had told us about this unique place ...
and that we should definately stop at ... 
Oh my goodnes ... we were astonished by the sight of this Castle ...
how in the world did they create this wonder ...
This National Monument near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona ...
protects a set of preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings ...
for more information click ...
 
 
It was a wonderful sight ... to see all the birds' nests ... 
way up in the cliffs ...
 
We walked around the area ...
stopping at all the information spots along the way ...
reading the history ... 
We were also amazed at the size of the Sycamore trees...
 
 
At the end of the path ...
there was a voice interprative centre ... 
with a small replica of the Montezuma Castle behind glass ...
showing you how they lived ... 
with all the activites on each of the floors ...
This place is well worth visiting ... !!!
 

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Visiting Friends ...

March 6, 2017
We had a great time ...
visiting our BC neighbours home in Sunlakes, AZ ...
It was a lovely day to sit outside ...
and enjoy the view and activities on the golf course ...
Eric and the guys went on a tour of the area ...
and Sharon took us ladies for a tour ...
We all met up at the Palo Verde Dinning Restaurant ...
at the golf course for lunch ...
It was so beautiful ...
We were lucky to enjoy our lunch outdoors ...
 
 
 All of us toasting to good friends ... good food ...
and good times ... !!!
Some pictures of cacti and flowers ...
in the neighbourhood ...
 
Thank you Linda and Dave ...
for driving us to the Chandler area ...
to visit our friends ...
   

Friday, April 7, 2017

Market in Mesa ...

March 5, 2017 

We decided to go and spend a few hours ...
at the Mesa Market ...
We arrived there in time to stand in line ...
for our $2 breakfast ...
It was a a hearty breakfast ... and it was nice to have a live band ...
playing and singing songs from The Beach Boys Band ...
The place was packed ... with people from all over the world ...
There was a lot of chatter ... laughing and even people ...
joining in singing with the band ...
We made our way back to the resort ... later in the afternoon...
Today we were planning a potluck BBQ ... with all our friends ...
Dave found a palm leaf on the street ...
and decided it would add to the decor of the patio ...
Oma was sitting there ... minding her own business ... 
when thought she needed a picture taken of ...
"The Queen for the Day"
It was funny because Dave thought he was out of the picture ...
just by leaning over ... but when I mentioned that he was ...
in the first picture ...
he figured he might as well ... peek thru the palm ... teasing Oma ...
I did manage to get Oma by herself ... 
 
The gang arrived for appetizers ...
the sociable beverage for today ... was a few batches of Ceasar's ...
We were having a great time ...
Dave started cooking up burgers and smokies ...
the table was set with all the fixings and salads ...
for all of us to help themselves ...
Our dinner was scrumptious ... 
how lucky we were to be in the warm ... sunny weather ...
partying with our family and friends ...
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fun in the Sun ...

March 4, 2017

It was another beautiful morning...
Mike ... Dave and Blair ... decided to go for a swim ...
while us ladies were getting ready to head out for the afternoon ...
and evening ...
Blair and Dave have been vacationing for a few months ...
hence the nice colouring of their skin ...
It would take Mike a lot longer to get tanned ...
with his skin tone ...
All of us left in the early afternoon ...
traveling to Queen Creek ... to the Horesshoe Park & Equestrian Centre ...
for the barrel and pole races ...
It was a great place ... lots to see ... and a very exciting time ...

Even though it was getting hot out in the sun ... we stayed until the races were over ...

It was time to gather together ... to head out to our next destination ... for dinner ...

We ended up just down the road ... at the San Tan Flat Steakhouse ...

What an amazing place ...!!!

It was a rustic setting ... all outdoors ... and the place was full ...

First order of business was getting our tables ... then walking over to the San Tan Flat restaurant to order the sociable drinks ... While a few of the guys were busy with the drinks ... the rest of us looked over the menu ... This restaurant is famous for it's "Flat Iron Steaks " ... A few of us at a time went to order our dinners ... inside the building ... we were given a buzzer to let us know when to pick up our meal ...

The aroma of the food was overwhelming and mouth watering ... 

Oma decided to have a Rueben sandwich and a Fat Tire beer ... Most of the gang ordered the steaks ... and my were they delicious ... We had a great time visiting ... listening to live music and even got a couple dances in ... 

It was getting late with more and more people arriving ... so we decided to head back to the resort ... 

The sunsets are so beautiful ...  

 

   

Monday, March 27, 2017

Vacation Begins ...

March 2 & 3, 2017 

Today was the day we were heading south to the sunshine ...

Leaving the Cranbrook airport for Calgary ...

then flying to our destination in Phoenix ...

to spend the week with Linda (Mike's sister) & Dave ...

along with some of our friends from Sarnia, Ontario ...

Linda and Dave picked us up from the airport ...
then drove to Towerpoint RV Resort in Mesa ... 
It was a long day and it felt good to sit back and relax ...
We then needed to get our sleeping arrangements done ... 
The trailer was a little tight ...
for 3 extra people sleeping in the front room ...
Oma and I would share the bed and Mike had an inflatable bed ...
Mike figured it would be too crowded ...
and too warm for him to sleep inside ...
He had scouted out the storage shed outside ...
and decided to make this ...
his accommodation for the duration of our holiday ...
He was quite comfortable in his room ... ha ha ...
He had shelving for all his items ... and all the tools ...
just in case he needed them ...
The next morning ... after a good nights rest ...
we decided to join our friends at the resort complex ...
for a couple hours of Line Dancing exercise ...
Oma joined in as well ... for a few of the dancing ...
 then sitting out when the moves became a little more difficult ...
After our workout ... we walked to Joan's residence...
for a lovely luncheon and cool fruity slushes ...
We had a great time ... 
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Oh yes ... Mike slept well also ... although he woke up on the floor ...
in a flattened air bed ...
Apparently the brand new mattress had a hole in it ... 
Mike and Dave went to exchange the damaged mattress ...
and got things back into the shed ...
The guys came and joined us at the complex ...
and we all had our loungers reserved by the poolside ... 
Enjoying our time visiting with everyone ...
 
After dinner ... the gang from Sarnia came over ...
for an evening of reminiscing about our schooldays ...
and telling stories ... oh my we laughed so hard at some of the memories ...
Of course after a few sociables ... Mike thought he better get his CPAP ... (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
set up for the night ...
A few of our friends were interested in how this device works ...
Sooooo ... naturally Mike would put on a demonstration ...
It was hilarious ... even though the gang was asking questions ...
they couldn't stop laughing ... as Mike was talking with the mask on 
...
Now our friends know how it works ...
We had a lovely evening with all our friends ...
and they loved having Oma there ...