Sunday, December 29, 2013

Family Time in Phoenix

Being together with family is great:)

Kerry and my sister, Gemma, in their lovely home

son-in-law Jeff and someone who looks remarkable like him:)

Mike and granddaughter, Allie

Granddaughter Sephira

My son Jared with Sephira and one of the 3 household cats

daughter-in-law, Jenny, takes a nice afternoon nap on back patio


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Even here in the park people decorate!  Hope you all are enjoying the holidays!  We are looking forward to the arrival of children and grandchildren tomorrow for a wonderful 10 day family gathering at my sisters!

 The gentleman parked in the space below told me that he had no decorations for the tree in his space so he put up a poster in the office saying he would donate 50 cents to a charity for every ornament residents put on the tree.  This morning he said several people showed up with decorations!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Off to Phoenix!

It has been an enjoyable month exploring the Willcox area.  Today we drive Paradise to north Phoenix to be near family and we have family flying in to enjoy Christmas together.  Yes......this means grandchildren!  Yay!

Here are some last little adventures:

We spent a morning doing a hike and exploring the Indian Bread Rocks Rec Area, a scenic little spot.

nice shady picnic area on the left 

Yes, that's me.  This balance rock was slipping and I had to push it back up into place a bit;)
 Here we had just driven past the pecan groves and stopped to watch machines fill huge bags of pecans for transport.....

Aridus Wine Company recently opened this facility in Willcox and Mike and I were driving by and saw the gates open so we decided to pop in....

They make the wine for most of the vineyards in the area.....
 Katherine gave us a tour of the facility and said they will soon be opening the tasting room which will feature not only their wines but wines from other vineyards.  That will be nice!

Yesterday, Sat afternoon, we drove over to Zarpara one more time for their Winter Wine-derland weekend and enjoyed one last visit, our 3rd, with Rhona and Mark.  That is snow on the mountains behind the vineyard....

Rhona and Mark have some pretty tasty wines at Zarpara!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Last Visit to Chiricahua NM Pt 2

These pics are from the Echo Canyon Trl.  We did this trail the first time we were here and enjoyed it all over again this time!  Please enjoy!

got this nice back view of a Red Tail on the drive back to Willcox

US Army Corp of Engineers Park, Iowa City, IA

Mike and I love it when we can find a COE park because they are always on water and our last stop at Coralville Lake was no exception.  A bi...