i never did come back and tell all about our trip to arizona. now that it's a month later i am sure you are all just itching to hear all about it. we had a great time. the end.
seriously--na... we did have a fabulous time. however, it did seem to be the trip for jinxed flights between walla walla and seattle. we boarded on friday morning in walla walla and headed through the foggy weather to seattle. we began our descent and everything seemed good, then all of the sudden we are rushing back up in the air --this is the captain speaking, obviously we were unable to land in seattle, we have enough fuel to go back and give it one more try then we will have to land elsewhere and refuel. ... so we try again and i can look out the window and see the runway, whoops, here we go again...back up in the air -- off we go to bellingham to refuel--lucky us, the fog had cleared up and we were able to land with out a problem. well, we landed after we were already supposed to have boarded our plane to phoenix, but decided to try and make it. so i go running ahead of jode towards the gate, hearing them issue our last call for boarding passengers jode and sierra ---the attendant was just ready to close the door as i came to the gate. onto the plane we go with a big sigh of relief.
- landed in phoenix, met up with fabulous sister-in-law, julie
- had relaxing spa treatments at the historic arizona biltmore hotel
- drove to sedona, where we found our hotel, slept deeply, and awoke to an amazing view outside of our room
- ate breakfast al fresco while enjoying the said amazing view
- took a two hour jeep ride up the rim and back with our guide, cowboy mike --which was quite the experience in more ways than one...my favorite highlights of the trip -- when mike asking nurse julie to give him 10 reasons why he shouldn't smoke (which he apparently does like a chimmney), and his favorite saying while taking tourist's pictures "smile damn it"
- ate at little vegan deli, D'lish, where i introduced jode and julie to "raw" cuisine in the form of chocolate pie - it was pretty good, non comparable to a cooked pie, but still good for having all uncooked ingredients
- drove to tucson, with a quick stop at chapel of the holy cross. ate a delicious bean burrito from a local eatery, arrived at hotel and talked to relatives.
- woke up and had breakfast at ihop with the bride and other family
- visited amazing san xavier del bac mission, located outside of tucson, just loved it, and the fresh cinnamon sugar fry bread that julie and i shared
- attended cousin elizabeth's lovely wedding and socialized with many family members that i had never met before - - fun times. also fun, elizabeth held her reception at a local museum which we were able to tour while there
- stopped at taco stand (that we had previously passed four times and always wanted to stop ) on our way out of town-- it was divine
- arrived at phoenix airport, flew to seattle, arrived in seattle only to be told that the plane was needing repairs and was now delayed --- 30 minutes later -- delayed again, and may need a new aircraft - hour later - plane is fixed and we are on our way - arriving safely in walla walla
so, fun times in arizona, nice bonding with the family, and lucky us, beautiful weather to boot. instead of being blazing hot (it's june), we had nice 80's/low 90's --except for the last day in tuscon, when it was high 90's - all in all - i do not love love the desert, but i do love cacti and sedona and would go back in a heartbeat...next time i think i'll bring along the husband...
p.s. -- i played with the text on this post too many times and can't get it to stop being retarded, it's a mystery...
here are photos, if you like -- be forewarned, there are lots of scenery pictures:
we are on our second day of bringing in boxes full of honey. jon and joe have been finishing up in the warehouse and we should be ready to start extracting bright and early on sunday morning. today i also accomplished a lot... almost finished my education credits and finished researching insurance plans --now ready to switch to a new plan before my higher rates kick in next month --so excited to save some money, but still feel like i have great coverage!
-was going to post this but had internet problems
* watching "my big fat greek wedding"
p.s. i didn't win the drawing, but lizzy K chose my 07.08.09 photo to be in her collage on today's post...kind of fun to see my pic on someone else's blog:(http://elizabethkartchner.blogspot.com/2009/07/group-hug.html)
such a fun game, hope to play it again soon!
with some montana thunderstorms, just a few mosquitos, unpacking, cleaning, cooking, and as of today gardening the trailer season has begun. we have had a busy past couple of weeks. i was all set to leave to join jon when we received the call that grandma (jon's) had passed away. so, instead, jon joined me and off to idaho we went for the memorial service and some family time. we were able to spend a couple of days hanging out with family (there were around 30 of us) and watching the sunset from grandpa's front porch. i made myself useful and did some cooking (with a few helpers), homemade organic blueberry pancakes with fresh whipped cream, three batches of cookies (chocolate chip, chocolate white-chocolate chip, n' oatmeal raisin), and finished up with a crisp 4 greens salad and warm garlic french bread. grandma loved to cook and i think she would have been happy to see everyone eating an insane amount of home baked cookies, bbq, fresh cherries from their cherry tree and more.
bright and early friday morning jon, lulu, and i set out for big sky country. i have a little tradition of stops to make the trip go faster---huckleberries natural market in spokane (sushi for breakfast and some organic snacks), starbucks in missoula ( iced grande decaf soy caramel macchiato w/ light caramel...and some sweet summer tunes "patio party" http://www.starbucksstore.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=228324 --love it, so ready to have an end of summer party when i return), wheat, montana (john deere veggie sandwiches, fresh strawberry cream cheese danish, huckleberry italian soda), cOsTco at Bozeman, seeing nephew nik at BiG TiMber, buger king in billings (midnight snack--not a ususal stop) , gas in miles city (where the storm began - -crazy wind), and finally home sweet trailer!
no joke, i think montana weather knows that i'm coming. last year i was greeted with a thunderstorm and this year too (right now, as i type, joe is telling me that we are supposed to get another storm tonight -- 4 out of the 5 nights we have been here we have had a severe storm weather advisory, plus a few storms). as we departed miles city the rain came pouring down...seriously, it has been a long time since i have been in a storm with that much rainfall. on sunday night we had storm systems surrounding us on all sides. north of us 30 miles a tornado touched down and headed our way, luckily, by the time it reached us the storm had calmed a little and greeted us a little more nicely...don't get me wrong, i love storms--when i am inside a sturdy house and not a 5th wheel ...so when i say nicely, i mean that when the BIG, closest thunder clap, boomed right next to us, i only jumped out of my seat 3 inches instead of like 5...joe said he'd never seen anyone jump so high...wasn't expecting it that close. thunderstorms in trailers are LoUd!
so, besides storms, we have been working hard --jon out in the field, and me in the trailer, putting it to rights and cooking for the crew (us, the parents, and two very hungry teenage boys). today we planted a garden, (got a screamin' deal at wal-mart on plants they wanted to be rid of). jon rototilled, then we added peat moss, put down plastic and drip hoses then planted our plants. i am crossing my fingers that we will be able to eat the fruits of our labor before i go home. we have tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, cabbage, crook neck squash, brussel sprouts, japanese eggplant, and a few others. this year is an experiment. we are wondering if it will grow or be eaten my the trillions of bugs that live with us, or the little bunnies or deer...tomorrow i think we are putting up a fence...stay tuned for updates.
lulu is in heaven as she gets to run through the fields and follow jon and the boys around while they work. we have been here for not quite five days and i have already called the vet. three days in a row she ate something tasty - day one - box of oreos, day two - half a bag of saltwater taffy, day three - hershey's cocoa powder...who know's what's in store for next week.
alright, i think i have caught back up...
*jon is playing the xbox
*boys are in bed sleeping
*lulu is laying on her rug
*i am blogging and eating a piece of homemade bread - fresh and warm out of the bread machine
what are you doing right now?
riding in the tractor