Springtime in the Desert

It amazes me every year how a prickly ole cactus can produce such a large beautiful flower. I have been enjoying exuberant displays of such flowers on my morning walks around the neighborhood.

On April 6th we joined Brian and Marsha at Golden Rule Vineyard new vintage release party to taste the new wines. It was a cool, rainy day but that didn’t dampen the festive mood to taste some nice wines (Golden Rule is our favorite AZ winery) in some great company. We had a most pleasant afternoon. As you can see, the vines are just budding out.

This last weekend we decided to take a short trip to Phoenix. We checked into the Sheraton Grand Hotel late Friday afternoon in time to do a little walking around downtown before we headed over to the Compass Arizona Grill at the top of the Hyatt Hotel for dinner. Another wonderful meal at one of our favorite restaurants.

The next day, we had the morning with no plans so after breakfast we drove to South Mountain Park to the top for a scenic view of the whole Phoenix area. The elevation was not that high to us as our house is at an elevation of 2900 feet, but compared to Phoenix, it was high.

It was still only 9 a.m. when we came down from the mountain, so we found the nearest mall and proceeded to walk for a couple of hours to get our exercise. I might insert here that it was already 85 degrees at 8 a.m. so hiking outdoors would not be comfortable.

I had booked a 12:36 tee time at Trilogy Golf Club in Gilbert (just south of Phoenix). It turned out to be a very nice course and reasonably priced. We enjoyed a round of hot (but with a breeze) golf and a refreshing beer afterwards.


We booked a room at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Gilbert for the night (mainly because they have a charger for our Tesla free). The hotel was OK but not as nice as the Sheraton of course, but with free charging, who’s complaining.

Chop, Chandler Steak House was within walking distance, so we had reservations that evening. Enjoyed a wonderful bottle of wine and had a nice dinner to top off our mini-trip. We both had prime rib that was just OK, but it was a very nice evening.

After breakfast in the morning, it was back to Tucson and the end of our mini vacation.

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