D&J JourneyOn travel blog

Which trail do we take?

friends Karen & Joe on top the lookout

Superstition Mountains way off in the back

the old stagecoach stop

Dave checking out an old mine

us on top of a lookout

another great mine

USAF Dimensions in Blue band

Enjoying jazz and big band music in Casa Grande

St. Anthonys Greek Orthodox Monastery chapel

special hand carved chair

Virge & Dave by one of the many fountains

one of several small chapels

beautiful bogenvilla(?)

a Huge fan palm

a stone cross

the bell tower

Dave grilling dinner

Don't they look good?

chocolate dipped strawberries

As I have mentioned before I have started making my own greeting cards, well I think I got a little carried away but by the time I finished making for Grandkids and family & friends I had 25 homemade cards and then I printed out pictures of some of our activities and used them to make envelopes- so all got a homemade greeting card and a picture from our travels. I think I am going to really enjoy this craft. Last year in Yuma, AZ. my friend Diana got me started and I can't wait to meet up with them again so we can compare notes as I heard from Angel's who just visited them that more fun things are to come from Diana- hope to see ya soon. We took another trip out on the Arizona off road trails, this time up thru Cottowood canyon and along the ridges and washes heading to Martinez cabin but we turned too soon and instead took a trail to Jack Handle mine- that trail is more difficult so didn't go all the way but saw several mines along the trail and some really fantastic views. Stopped to visit an old stagecoach stop and had lunch at a windmill(water well) area- It is so great to travel these trails with Karen & Joe, we have so much fun and get lots of great pictures. On Sunday afternoon we took off with several couples from the park here to go over to Casa Grande for a free concert in the park. The US Air Force "Dimensions in Blue" jazz ensemble was performing jazz and Big Band era. They had 2 vocalists who were also great and the band was super. Wonderful weather, good music and lots of friendly people. What a way to live, huh? It is great to find so many good friends while traveling, I think that is one of my favorite parts of this lifestyle. Got an email from Cheryl & George(friends from Deming who watched over me while Dave was gone hunting) and hope to meet up with them again soon as they are in Az. now too. Also got an email from Gary, who we traveled with to Mexico last year along with Bob & Diana, he's heading this way from Texas so hope to meet up with him too. Also have friends Don & CC in Yuma, looking foreward to visiting with them again and I haven't even started on all the people with web sites who gave us so much information before we started this journey. We took a short trip down the road from our Rv park today to visit St. Anthonys Greek Orthodox Monastery. 5 monks came over here in 1995 to start a monastery and found this location in the sonoran desert because of its peacefullness and beauty. They have around 100 acres and now have 21 monks plus novices and visiting Greek Orthordox. They give tours of the beautiful chapels, landscaped grounds,vegetable & fruit gardens and offer many things in the gift shop including home made bread(yummy)although we are not real sure on the olive bread, it was worth a try. It was an interesting and calming way to spend a couple hours - went with Joyce & Virge. We came home and Dave grilled great steaks for our Valentines dinner with asparagus and I made chocolate dipped strawberries. Great day. More next time.

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