From the Valley of the Sun to Home on the Range...
Our son took 7th place in a field of 54 competitors and was just 4 strokes behind the first place golfer. He was not thrilled with his rounds, but he is back to work practicing for up-coming tournaments. For me, it was just good to watch him play and to give and get hugs.
We enjoyed good visits with our friends, conversing late into the evening and eating delicious foods and desserts made by my foodie-friend, K. She also treated me to a fun thrift store outing along with lunch at a fine restaurant called Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale. We shared both signature dishes that are featured in the link -- Stetson Chopped Salad and Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry. Unforgettable. Stay tuned for recipe ideas that I have in my head, inspired by Cowboy Ciao.
We had perfect weather for driving home. We flew down and drove back with our CarpenterSon's new-used Chevy truck from AZ to SD. The truck drove like a dream, the road conditions were perfect, and it was an interesting first-time drive for us making our way through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and finally home to Montana. I knew that New Mexico and Colorado had drought this past year and even before that, but I had no idea how bad it was. There was no grass, I mean NO grass in the pastures where we drove. I thought we had had a drought this past year (we did), but we look like lush paradise in comparison to NM and southern CO. We saw very few cattle out there and those few we did see were being fed hay or were in feedlots.
I almost forgot one more favorite eatery recommended by K -- the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, NM. Can you see the cows sitting on the awning? We enjoyed a delicious lunch here. If you're ever driving through Albuquerque on your way north, be sure to stop by for some good eats!
It was a great little get-away for us, and we feel blessed and re-energized, but as always, there's no place like home and sleeping in your own comfy bed.