Heaven knows I would understand if you all thought that like the wicked witch of the West, I had melted. I almost did! This is my first Southwestern summer and I did not expect for every day’s temps to soar above 100 degrees. Since Arizona is NOT on daylight savings time, the coolest part of the day is between 4 and 7am. I learn to make the most of the early morning bearable temps. My neighbors have learned to accept banjo music with breakfast. Afternoons are siesta time!
I hate to make excuses but am certainly not above doing it. So as way of explanation of the great length of time between my posts, here is an update on how I have been spending my time.
What Has Been Happening Here
I sold my RV, bought a mobile home in Arizona and am working very hard to head back to the East for visits with friends and family. I may have also traded my Jeep for a new pickup truck. But given the vague answers from the Chevy dealer here in response to my inquiries regarding the supposed whereabouts of my alleged new vehicle, it remains to be seen how that transaction will play out.
If I do get my truck next week, I plan to head to the east sometime the following week. I hope to see as many of my friends in the area as I possibly can. Please let me hear from you if you will be able to get together with me during the next month or so.
In the midst of all of this personal business (which I am calling hard work), I started a Bluegrass band. Because there are so many musicians living near me there are lots of open jams near my house. I normally attend one of the 2 hour jam sessions within a mile of my house 5 days a week. Two days a week, the jam is actually at my house – very convenient! In addition to jamming, I normally practice by myself 1-2 hours a day hoping to master the banjo, fiddle and mandolin. If I didn’t love it so much, it might seem almost like a job.
After jamming together so often, my friends and I began performing around town at local venues to entertain (mostly ourselves) this summer. I didn’t actually set out to start a band, but it worked out that people around here like Bluegrass and my friends here sure like to entertain. So we try to make folks happy by combining the two.
Exploring Northern Arizona
Sitting in southern Arizona, overwhelmed by chores related to my lifestyle change, I desperately need a break. Michelle comes to my rescue when she agrees to join me for a trip to the Grand Canyon. I have been to the South Rim. I even rode the mules halfway down once with Stormy. But I have never been to the North Rim nor have I ever taken the Grand Canyon Railroad trip out to the South rim. Michelle and I plan to do both.
Our trip includes the train ride and an overnight stay at the South Rim. We also stay at the lodge on the North Rim for a couple of nights. Lots of hiking at both rims but nothing crazy for us. On our trip south through Flagstaff we tour the Lowell Observatory where the “not a planet”, Pluto was discovered. To our great disappointment, rain clouds prevent us from getting to look through the telescopes there for a close up heavenly sight.
On my bucket list was a side trip to Winslow, Arizona so that I could stand on the corner. Michelle took my picture on the famous corner there. One more check off my list. We finish this tour of Arizona sights by swinging through the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert headed back to Tucson.