|Jodee, Darryl, Dawn (thanks for remembering a pic!), Lila and Bill. Contessa Cantina always a good choice!
Another Rebecca-and-me field trip to Tucson takes us to Tohono Chul Gardens and Gallery. Expecting more gallery and less garden, I'm surprised by what we find. The grounds are stunning with the most healthy and lush cacti and succulents I've seen. Walls and large trees mostly protect us from the cold winds and the sun is lovely. The gallery is small and unfortunately most of it is closed for the installation of a new exhibit. We spend a little time with a lovely and informative docent, and a little more in the nice gift shop. By the time we're done perusing, we're both starving and not prepared to wait the 30+ minutes to eat at the bistro on grounds. It looks wonderful and we'll be back for sure! Instead we head around the corner to eat on the patio at Wildflower which I highly recommend for both delicious and unique offerings and excellent service.
|We didn't get to see much art in the gallery, but the sculptures outside are wonderful.
|My favorite is this buzzard in the tree.
|The architecture adds to the artistry,
|as does the play of light throughout the gardens.
|Pulled from the mines in Morenci, Arizona, this azurite and malachite piece weighs 4650 pounds.
|Lost and Found, a series of pieces designed from items the artist found while wandering solo through the desert during COVID.
|All the grounds are lovely with several spots to sit and enjoy - when the temps are a bit warmer I think.
|Butternut squash salad with apple, shaved Brussels sprouts and seared ahi. The lemon vinegarette is soooo good!
|Wings and pulled pork sliders with lots of sides kept us well fed throughout the afternoon.
|I had some fun with the deviled eggs this year :-)
|Small bar and football pool.
|Penalty flag napkins :-)))))
Finally the flurries. Yes, another snow storm drops a couple inches on us overnight. The quiet beauty of the morning is such a gift. This time I'm on the road to town for Tessa's grooming appointment so I get to enjoy even more of the changes the pristine white brings to our desert.
|Overnight winds make drift-art on the back porch.
|New window test - they all pass with no cold air making it's way indoors.
|Not a soul in downtown Tombstone.
|The Old Courthouse feels ominous in the gloom and quiet.
|This guy is probably less enamored with the cold, white stuff.
|I love the icy delicacy of this vignette - with the hawk keeping watch in the tree.
|Huachuca Mountains wrapped in falling snow.
|In town the snow is already moving on as the sun highlights what is left behind.
|Most of the snow has melted by the end of the day, but surprisingly we still have a couple patches on our north side three days later!
|Our precious Henry is excited about being a big brother this summer.
|Penelope is such a happy girl!
|M&M enjoy a day by the water. Like all the grands, they're getting so big, so fast!
Most of our spring/summer travels are planned and reserved, including finally making our way up to Banff and Jasper in Alberta. Unfortunately those reservations are pending because they don't open up until late March :-(((. In the meantime we have more cold temps in the forecast with Winter hanging on longer than usual in our desert.