Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Las Cruces; Secret Santa's Spring Sleighride; Cave Creek; Desert Kayaking; Flagstaff; Kachinas; Scorpions; "But We Don't Have a Dog..."
Speaking of Jen and Always and Furever, here is her photo of an amazing sunset from the shelter... we wish Jen, her amazing volunteers, and of course the residents of Always and Furever much love and happiness in the years to come. Here's the link to their web site: https://alwaysandfurever.love/our-history/
Next, on to Flagstaff, where we had a week of rain, almost every day during our stay at Camp Navajo. Nighttime temps dropped into the low 30s/high 20s, and we even had frost on the car... This wasn't "Chamber of Commerce weather"! We got together on several occasions with our dear friends Janean and Jack Quigley, also Shining Light Parents, and went for a bike ride at Lake Mary in off and on rain and windy 50 degree weather, but having pizza in the back of their truck while it rained was a highlight of our visit.
We had several great hikes, including one with Janean to Sandy's Canyon Trail, Walnut Canyon Trail and Fisher's Point....
... which sits atop this impressive striated sandstone rock formation, which is actually made of petrified Permian Age sand dunes. The Permian Age, lasting from 299 million to 251 million years ago, ended in the great Permian Extinction, when 90% of marine life and 70% of land animals were wiped out.
One of my favorite cultural stops was at the Museum of Northern Arizona, where there are numerous displays explaining the lives of Pueblo Indians indigenous to this area. These kachina dolls representing spirit beings are mostly identified with the Hopi and Zuni tribes...
Finally, being on the road for a year, we often have to arrange with friends around the country to receive our mail and packages in anticipation of our arrival. We asked an anonymous friend in an unnamed location if we could use her address for an order from Amazon. She kindly agreed and notified us that it had arrived. When Suzanne emailed to thank her, I asked her to find out if we could also ship some boxes of dog food that Rudy and Gretchen need for their special older dog diet. Suzanne added to her email, "Is it okay if we have some dog food delivered to you?" You will understand why she will remain anonymous, because her reply, which made all of us laugh when we met up with her in California, was, "Thanks, but we don't have a dog..."
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