Monday, April 5, 2010

Fine in Phoenix

Our days continue to be a mix of routine and adventure. Some days, just driving in Phoenix is an adventure, especially during those famous rush hours. We’ve made the rounds to Trader Joe’s, Penzey’s Spices, Total Wine and More. We found a Dillards store in a mall that only carries close-out specials, everything is at least 70% off. There were some good bargains!

Yesterday, we had a family gathering here. My niece Tammy and her husband Alan, along with her 4 children and their significant others, my other niece Annette and her 2 children, plus their mom and her husband, Rob, all came over for a cook-out. I borrowed Tammy’s pictures from Facebook to share.

Most of the family:

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We had a fun time getting caught up with everyone, especially since we haven’t seen Tammy’s kids since they were little.

Today we took a break from the routine and went to explore Lake Pleasant Regional Park. I wanted to see the campgrounds for future reference. From our location near I-17 and the 101 Loop, it is about 28 miles Northwest to Lake Pleasant. The flowers are really starting to bloom here:

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Yes, this is the desert!

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And, there is a beautiful lake!

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Can you see the covered RV Sites? Nice campground!

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After a lunch at the Scorpion Marina, we drove around a little more, taking in all the views, before returning to our Castle.

We’re doing fine here in Phoenix!

7 comments:

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Nice flower pics. Looks like we missed the cactus blooms again this year. If it wasn't soooooo darned far I'd drive back down & snap a few pics for tomorrow night's blog:))

roamingwhenwecan said...

Wow, that looks beautiful. Thanks.
Hope we get to see you sometime in the near future.

Joe and Sherri said...

Looks like you are doing good in Phoenix. We are doing well in Alexandria...Well we are working tomorrow and then we head back to Texas

Mark and Dortha said...

Hello....doing fine in Phoenix!

Beautiful flower pictures. Miss you guys. I could use a goood visit. Take care...

Hugs....doing fine in Texas!

Janna and Mike said...

Love the photos Ellie, we came home way too soon, oh, well, I am getting lots of quilting done!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Oh gosh your flower pics are just so lovely... you sure have a nice way of taking photos. Thanks for sharing with us who are still *lacking* in spring flowers!

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Beth said...

I love those pictures, so vibrant! Makes the desert look like a place I'd want to be stuck..or maybe not LOL! I have always wanted to tour the entire state but my Phoenix auto insurance isn't the best so I really don't want to risk taking my RV up and down mountains.