Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunday Mar. 21, 2010 - A week with Pat and Jerry

Before we could go to Old Tucson Studios for the day, we had to have our side window replaced by Ron....who came at 8:15 and was finished in about 40 min. Good as new! We are very pleased with the work.
This was the first view as we walked into the park. We all felt like we had gone back in time...back to the good old days of the WEST.

Does any of this look familiar? Most everything has been in any of the movies made for Westerns.

The yellow building is where many of the Saloon shots are filmed.

This is Miss KATE singing on stage.

And just outside there was a gun fight about to happen.

Oh, and how many times have you seen this little church in the movies?

Our strong husbands pulled this locamotive down the track! :) :) You have to know that this was Keith's idea!

The Stage Coach ran passangers around the park all day. What a sight!

Pistol Packin' Paula, the world's best at the Bull Whips...picked Keith out of the crowd and here he is...holding a stick for Paula to make about 2 inches from his fingers.

Old Tucson Studios was on our "to do" list. Pat and Jerry hadn't been there for about 20 years so it was fun to hear what they remembered and what was new.

Had a morning full of shows and brousing thru the sets that have been used in so many of the western movies we've seen.

After one of the "shoo outs" the actors granted us a photo opp.

Well, what can I say!!!!????? Hehe

And at the end of the day....our 2 favorite Cowboys !

We planned a day to drive Mt. Lemmon just east of Tucson. It was about a 2 hour drive from here we are taking a break.

The view as we drove to our destination.

Mt. Lemmon is in Coronado National Forest.

About 5000 feet up.

Stopped at the picnic area for lunch

This is about 7000 ft . We didn't make it to the top....the roads were covered with ice and we turned around. It was a great day and the scenery was awesome.

A day at the spa on Pat... We arrived at the spa just before 2 p.m.

Jerry was having a pedicure done by daughter Mandy.

Keith was scheduled for a massage....How LUCKY:)

And Pat gave me my first facial. It was wonderful.:)

Pat and I relaxing on the sofa at the end of a long day on the road...

Jerry and Keith fixing some ice cream sundaes for us! mmmmm

Although it was sad to leave all our friends in Verde was so fun to pull into Pat and Jerry's driveway cause we just love spending time with them. This visit to them has taken us years and years...but it finally came true. Jerry and Keith were in the Navy together between 1966-1968. Jerry married Pat and brought her to Pa. from IL. so we could meet. We ended up spending vacations tog. at the Jersey Shore for the next 3 years in Aug. Of course then the kids came and so on and so on.

There was plenty of room for us in their LONG driveway...and the hook ups worked out fine!

The flowers and greenery were so lush...had to share it with ya.

Mandy and Wayne (their dau. and hubby) live in the largest part of the house and Pat and Jerry live in the smaller part out great! And since Mandy is expecting their first child in couldn't be more handy, right?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 18th 2010 -- Last night with Harry and Karen

For St. Patrick's Day, Karen made corned beef and cabbage and it was so good. Since her birthday is March 20th, and they were going to leave early the 19th...Keith and I made dinner for them Thurs night. I made home made chicken pot pie, one of her favorites. And Keith and I made a cake for dessert. We had a great time here at Verde Valley.. We got here tog., have had some really good pickleball playing, have toured the area tog...and have eaten our way around town..hehe. They are headed to an FMCA rally in Albuqurque NM...we are headed back down to Phoenix area on Sunday morning. Safe travels to ya!

March 20th, 2010 - Last Day of Pickleball

Two Keiths...mine on the left and Bisel on the right... They made a great team today! It's really hard to leave this beautiful place with so many great people...and good players. Hope to see everyone down the road.
Now Bisel on the left and my Keith serving. Of course they won!!!

New friend Richards...a very good player ...full timer for 2 years

New player - Kelly. She's having a great time...

Here's Sis...many of you know her. Paul is her husband....he plays pool, not so much pickleball.

John is a hoot...a new friend to us.

This is Tom....we think we played with him before, but now sure where...he's another good player

New player Phillip...

New player - Ray

Just met Linda...she hasn't been playing long...but was a tennis player

Friday, March 19, 2010

March 17, 2010 - Last ride thru the Red Rock Canyons

Harry and Karen were leaving in a few days so we decided to take a last drive to explore this beautiful area. First we stopped at the Chinese Rest. in Cottonwood for a late lunch... Continued up 89A toward Sedona. We saw a dirt road off to the left and decided to see where it went. It looked like it was headed for these mountains.

We drove for about 8 miles. All of a sudden we were passed by one "Pink" Tour Jeep after another. The Pink Tours come out of Sedona at $45. and up per person. Harry turned out to be our Pink Jeep Driver Ha. It was bumpy and dusty, but oh so much fun. Karen and I took so many photos... Here are just a few of what I took...

Now you can see some of the red clay dirt roads.

This is FAY Canyon....that's Fay WITHOUT an E...

You can't see the holes in the roads...but they are there!

It was a perfect day. And we got to see the back side of Sedona. So sad to leave this area.