Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving in Tucson

Early Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, Julie and I packed quickly and left for the drive to Tucson. We stopped in Flagstaff for a cup of coffee, in Phoenix for breakfast and arrived in Tucson midday. We had reservations at a resort that gave us a room number a week ago and said the door would be unlocked since the office would be closed for the day.

There is a swimming pool, a volleyball pool, a hot tub and a conversation pool, a long curved pool with seating on both sides to facilitate conversations. We met a group from California, Arizona and Colorado that had met for Thanksgiving dinner. One lady will retire next spring after teaching German for 40 years at two universities. I enjoyed talking with her about changes in Germany since she came to this country as a young woman. The gentleman from Colorado told of his experiences walking coast to coast across Great Britain and recent hiking trips with Road Scholar, the new name for Elderhostel.

Julie had researched options for supper and had made reservations for the Cup Cafe in the historic Hotel Congress. We drove into Tucson, had supper and took a short walk around a few blocks before returning to the resort and the hot tub for more conversation with a couple from Phoenix.

Friday morning we made tea and returned to the hot tub where we met a couple from Reno, Nevada. He works for a online school that offers classes for K through 12. I don't have experience or much knowledge but have had a generally negative feeling about online K-12. I posed a few questions and learned much. The program isn't for all children but I learned it may be the best choice in some situations. It was a good conversation.

Friday afternoon we visited Saguaro National Park, West. The park is divided into two areas, East and West, that are separated by several miles. We watched a video at the visitor center before selecting a loop hike.

It was a good trip.

Saguaro National Park, West.

Saguaro National Park, West.

Abandoned Gould Mine.

Our hike took us close to the abandoned Gould mine. Julie is picking up pieces of what I assume are iron pyrite.

Iron Pyrite.

Iron pyrite or fool's gold.

Healthy mature saguaro.

A healthy mature saguaro. Arms being growing at about age 75.

Sun behind a saguaro.

Sun behind a saguaro.


Anonymous alex Pendragon said...

Well, I learned something new about Cacti today....thank you!

11/29/2011 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger Joya said...

Great post dear! Thanks for your interest.....

Sign of Depressions

11/30/2011 02:31:00 AM  
Blogger graceonline said...

Love the name, "Road Scholar"! Funny.

Paul, thank you so much for visiting my blog recently and for your encouraging comments. Much appreciated!

12/01/2011 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger Regenia said...

Well, this is the first blog post I have gotten to read in at least a month, if not more. I'll have to go back and read past posts when I get the opportunity. Sounds like a fun and VERY interesting Thanksgiving trip. That's what I have always loved about meeting new people. I get exposed to topics about which I would otherwise be totally ignorant. And to find such a variety of people and backgrounds in one place! Can't get any better than that. Glad you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

12/03/2011 07:16:00 AM  

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