Long drive to Tucson, Mexican meal
Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
241Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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Then we were into the Coachella Valley and the southern part of the Mojave Desert and it was hot, hot, hot, hot. Maybe 32 or 33. Warnings all over the place to watch the temperature gauge. Taking advantage of any available rest stops. Carrying lots of water. Plants growing included sage, I think and some kind of palm trees moving into cactus and volcanic extrusions
Arrived gratefully at Tucson with Bette (another online friend) and Ted Ressell at about 5. As she said in her note online "Lindley arrived five-ish on Sunday night and immediately fit right into our little family (dear husband, dear cat, and me). We piffled, all three of us. Human beings, and cat Kelkie who sniffed at Lindley and declared her good.". I am truly honoured.
Bette very kindly brought me a palm cross from the morning's service. I will carry it with me for my trip. It set us up extremely well for our visit. We chatted about books, quilting, geology, botany, history, families, genealogy, plans for my all too brief visit and an occasional and brief dip into politics, both Canadian and American as well as all kinds and manner of other things
Bette quilts and quilts; I got to sleep under a lovely home made quilt. There are quilts in many places in her house. The room in which I slept is full of (very orderly) quilt pieces and I took a picture of her before this. I gave her a quilt piece of cats.
We went to the most marvelous Mexican Restaurant called La Fuente (the fountain) the various web sites say the restaurant is one of Tucson's mainstays. The food and decor are very pleasant (deserty as I expected). I had lovely Beef Fajitas - in Spanish it was"Tiritas de carne marinades y preparados con pimientos y cebollas. Servidos con arroz, frijoles rancheros, guacamole y tortillas." One web site says: (http://www.lafuenterestaurant.com/) "Great Mexican cuisine is served here in an atmosphere that whisks you away to a wildly colorful Mexican village, complete with a roving mariachi band. For a gratuity, the mariachis are happy to serenade you at your table with the song of your choice. Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, La Fuente always provides an evening of fun and festivity along with some of the best Mexican food in town."
Well, about the roving mariachi band something must be said. The band was one fellow and while he sang and played recognizably (as in it was originally music), it was so unbearably off key we left with our hands over our ears. I was up rather late catching up on email and chatting with online friends.