A Tucson Christmas
December 16-21, 2022
A confluence of circumstances — back-to-back parties and one free space at Catalina State Park — drew us to spend the
weekend before Christmas in Tucson. After the mandatory trip to Trader Joe's to stock up on all the goodies you can't get when you live in the
outback, we joined our friend Doug, who lives WAYYY out of town in the desert.
Dawn, in the desert, with donkeys!
We joined Susan and Matt for lunch on Saturday, and captured a sweet portrait of Susan and Ollie.
Nobody decorates for Christmas like Susan, and we reprobates who are too lazy to even put up a tree, delighted in her beautiful holiday table and fabulous collection
Off to Laura and Paul's fabulous holiday party, and then the first of two nights at Catalina State Park. Madeleine finds a new place to hide (and also express her displeasure with the long drive and frequent absence of her human attendants).
We squeezed in a hike along Sutherland Wash.
There were pockets of snow in the mountains, and the wash was flowing nicely. The rushing stream, the black-and-white granite here and
lush desert vegetation made this one of our favorite places to hike when we lived in Tucson.
As much as we love Silver City, I miss these places, and especially these people! It was great catching up with friends at Connie's patio party later that day.
"Would the real Susan/Marion please stand up?" PS You are forgiven if you mistook one for the other. Sisters from another mister?
From Tucson, it was straight to Faywood Hot Springs for two nights in honor of Patty and Terry's birthdays. It was the perfect place to wind down after a big trip!
My first visit here was 24 years ago, and I have returned more times than I can count. How nice that it's now in our backyard!
Terry, Patty, Dennis, me and Robin.
Patty joined us for a hike to Table Mountain.
This hike was way more interesting than we expected!
Cook's Peak from Table Mountain.
Scroll for a panorama of the sunset view from Table Mountain.
"Ussie" of me, Dennis and Patty. It sure was great to see so many old friends — many of whom we hadn't seen in three
years — in the space of a few days. But it's good to be back home in Silver City, where there are still TONS OF SNOW on the ground!