|Toto, we are not in Oregon anymore|
MeMa will be part of a trio I will refer to as the "Vegas Girls". All three work for the school district so they will taking advantage of Spring Break and unleash their crazy wild sides on first Reno then Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps.
I being the more level headed and reserved part of this team chose the "Senior Holiday Package" and flew to Arizona to visit first with my parents who winter in Yuma. Then after three days we drove to Phoenix where my brother, his partner and their sweet little Corgi, Bailey live in a beautiful 50 & older gated community.
|The good looking debonair gentleman on the left is my identical twin brother Don, myself and our sweet mother walking toward us.|
|The mischievous Cassie, Denny and my father on the right|
After a wonderful visit with my folks, they drove me back up to Phoenix to stay with my brother Don who had the rest of the week off work. It was fun to have some quality time with my brother and enjoyed having a nice tour of the Phoenix area. One of the first things we did was hike a local area called Squaw Peak.
I love cacti and have a large collection that I winter in the greenhouse and then transfer during the summer months to the south side of our house which gets direct sun in the afternoon. On our hike of Squaw Peak I was amazed by the majestic Saguaro Cactus.
|Saguaro in full bloom|
|These massive cactus can hold as much as 6 tons of water|
I spent one afternoon with my father touring the Phoenix Botanical Garden's while my brother was at work. Alas, the only cactus I was able to bring back in my luggage was a small packet of Saguaro cactus seeds that my brother gave me.
|My father in front of the giant yucca plants. My mother decided to relax in the car with a good book and some water. I think we tired her out with all the running around, sorry Mom.|
|At the front entrance I was surprised to find these massive Chihuly glass sculptures|
|One of the oddest plants the Boojum Tree|
|Pipe Organ Cactus|
|We got a good chuckle in the Butterfly enclosure when a butterfly attempted to land on a woman's shoulder, she screamed and dashed out of the enclosure knocking people over to get out.|
|Spare ribs that melted off the bone, several salads, brochette with bread, puff pastry stuffed with meat and two deserts. Yes, I had both.|
|Dinner guests all enjoyed the meal and company on the patio in the beautiful Arizona evening.|
|While we ate we were visited by this wall-walking quail|
|He was soon joined by his mate.|
The dose of warm sunshine was just what this gardener needed and the company of family and friends made it a very good trip. I am back home now and have a mountain of projects in the works. First one being turning the chicken house into a garden shed and shade house. MeMa's ladies did move to their new home and I might add seem to love their new digs as they are all laying eggs and eating well. That knowledge makes it a little easier letting go of thirty five years of raising chickens.