Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Road Trip

On Thanksgiving, Greg & I went to Green Valley, Arizona, to visit his Mom and Step-Dad, Dan.

The Man:

On the way out through downtown Chandler, we saw the initial stages of the construction of the Tumbleweed Tree

It was a cloudy day.

This is what the desert looks like most of the way down there.
Not the prettiest drive.

The sky was beautiful!

South of Casa Grande there are a bunch of pecan groves.

And then we come across Picacho and Picacho Peak!
(I just looked up the translation of "picacho" in Spanish, and it means "peak"!)

This is Picacho Peak:

I hiked up to the tippy top point once a few years back.
It was a hard climb and the park service had drilled hand holds and bars into the rocks along the way in certain spots to help people get to the top.

Then we came to the ostrich farm!

They were hanging out . . . 

It started getting hillier as we got farther south.

And it got cloudier and windier, too!

When we get to Tucson, we're only about 20 minutes from Green Valley!

The University of Arizona (in Tucson) has a rivalry with Arizona State University (in Tempe, in the Phoenix metro area).  Both have a mountain near their campus that has a big A on it.
When they play each other in sports, ASU (gold and maroon) paints the Tucson A gold or UofA paints the Tempe A red & blue.  It's silly, but a sort of fun tradition.

Arizonans do NOT think that peas belong in guacamole!!!

The Tucson freeway has these pretty artworks of things nearby.
The Lowell Observatory is on the far left.

There's the San Xavier Mission!

The desert gets a little more colorful and pretty down near Tucson.
The brush has lots of different colors.
And the Mission is bright white in the middle of all the browns, golds, greens, and yellows.

Then we arrived at Greg's Mom's house, where
we were treated to lots of lovely yummy Thanksgiving food:
turkey, cranberry relish, potatoes, gravy, wild rice stuffing (new and interesting!) . . . 
Greg and I took pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and rice pudding for desert.  Yum!

We were able to hang out for a few hours before we needed to head home again.
Here's downtown Tucson on our way through . . . 
it's beautiful with the mountains right behind it!
I believe that tallest peak in the clouds to the right of the tallest buildings
is Mount Lemon.

The setting sun made the clouds light up pink and purple.

And then we were home to snuggle kitties and fall into bed!
I hope your Thanksgiving was full of joy, family, God, and food!

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