Mike at his charcoal Weber
He says it is the only was to grill
Little Rosie, family dog
A real sweet little girl
Cheryl mashing potatoes and saying,
"I don't think my daughter returned my mixer"
Some of the Heath Clan
Our Cabin on Wheels
We had everything we needed.
We had so much fun meeting and seeing their kids and grand kids. Such good folks and visiting was full of lots of laughter. Cheryl and I got to know each other much better on this visit and had many good conversations. We ate out at some of the best places -- these guys know food. Mexican food that was out of this world at El Merendero. I even got to try something new, meat called carne seca, which is a beef that is dried then shredded and cooked with onions, chili and tomatoes.
Our friends, Mike and Cheryl Heath
We met Mike on a wild weekend bike run in Ensenada,
Mexico in 1977
Saturday breakfast at Viv's -- a chicken fried steak that was the biggest one I've ever seen and it was delicious -- and it was about $6.45, eggs, home fries, toast. Perfect small, local, non-chain restaurant. Then Mike and Cheryl took us out to Mission San Xavier del Bac - a beautiful mission .This place was magical and we enjoyed our time there.
Oldest intact European structure in Arizona
Saguaro over 90 years old
And what did we see......................
I did pet him - so cool
On our last day in Tucson, Mike took us on a drive up to Tucson Mountain District National Park, Mt. Lemmon. The elevation changes from approx. 2,180 to over 8,000 feet. The temperature when we left the desert floor was in the 90's and at the top we were in the 60's. The geology changes dramatically and plants change from saguaro at the bottom to aspen and pine trees. There is even a small ski area close to the top.
Desert environment below
Amazing stacked rocks that remind me
of Aztec/Mayan work
And so fast time to move on. It was such a perfect visit.
Bye guys, come see us in Clearwater .... and
we still have Puerto Penasco. Hugs.
We leave Tuesday, 10/1/13 for New Mexico and our two week pet/house sitting time. More later.