Texas/ Arizona/ Palm Springs

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
Trip End Apr 2008

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

1/29/2008  Texas/Arizona/Palm Springs

It was great to return home for a few days but from what we hear, it is better to be away
right now.  Understand there is cold weather and snow more frequently than most winters.  However, we are excited about going home in the spring.
After returning to Weatherford, TX and Kay Wilson, we spent a wonderful day touring
Ft. Worth area.  The Ft. Worth Stockyards is something we had always heard about but did not realize it is noted for restaurants and shopping as well as for selling livestock.  What fun we had visiting various "Texas-style" shops and eating at a great restaurant
that is typical of old Texas.  Another Ft. Worth stop was the Kimbell Art Museum. which had a most interesting current display of Christian Art from all over the world.  Kay was a superb tour guide
Our first night on the road was in Van Horn Texas. This town appears to be typical of what is occurring in small towns throughout the country. It apparently was once a thriving community.  Now it has 10-15 motels, a couple of eating places and not even one grocery store. Understand they have to drive 130 miles to El Paso to get groceries. There are so many motels because it is a good location for a night stop while driving the long distances between large towns in Texas.
Our next stops were in Tucson and Phoenix, Az.  Did not get to spend much time there this trip and felt bad about that because we enjoy the area.  While we were in Tucson we were able to see John and Winnie Hickman who now live in Tucson.  They also were MN Weyerhauser transplants to WA about the time we moved there. 
How pleased we were that we arrived in Phoenix this weekend instead of next weekend when they host the  Superbowl.  Rooms in our Mesa motel (east Phoenix area) had rooms reserved next weekend for 5 times what we paid. While in Mesa we visited Vern and Addie Cunningham.  Vern is one of five Barta (my Dad's side) cousins  who get together much too infrequently.   They live in Venture Out, which is a mobile home resort in Mesa that has 1700 smaller mobile homes.  It has a wonderful center with many activities and several smaller buildings that are crafts and hobby centers. 
As we left Phoenix, Jack made one last stop at one of his favorite eating places:  Waffle House.  It is based out of Georgia and has many small restaurants in the SE.  Its western most stop is in Phoenix.  While he will miss it, I am happy because we are heading into In and Out Burger territory-which is my favorite fast food restarant.
Our present location is Palm Desert where we are staying at one of Lawrence Welk's wonderful time-share resorts.  This is our stop to really relax, catch up on: laundry, email, TV, reading and to repack our suitcases with several months of accumulation.
Next stop:  San Diego
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