Getting into the swing of things

Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
Trip End Apr 09, 2008

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Today was sunny with clear blue skies overhead.  After a leisurely brunch we headed for Lookout Mtn. not far from where we are staying.  It's going to take a few days before we are back in shape for this kind of walking but with new shoes and some care we should be able to work up to the hike up Camelback (a much more challenging climb) later in the winter.  We're sending some pictures to give you a perspective of the landscape from the mountain.  It is much greener than we have seen it on any previous visits.  Phoenix has had more rain this year than for several past. 

We are gradually slowing down to a more relaxed pace.  The scramble to get ready to leave following on the Christmas busyness, left us quite tired before we even began the trip.  We are still playing catch-up on tasks that were transportable and Don is continuing to conduct some real estate business from here.  Modern technology makes it possible - cell phone plus internet.

For the gals out there, I am attaching a photo that I took at the car show - a booth featuring wearable art.  The fabric used is a blend of wool and silk, the designs are mainly painted with fabric dyes - very precise and controlled work as opposed to the free style work that is more common.  Some of it may actually be done with stencils.  The jacket in the foreground has no facings or lining, is edged with a very narrow silk binding and is priced at $650.   I can't identify the artist at the moment.
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vandenmarek on

happy new year
Congratulations on starting your tour. It sounds like a great adventure and that you are pacing yourself well. David and I love the southwest and plan a short vacation at the end of March hiking in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. We spent a whole month with our sons hiking and eating our way across New Mexico and Arizona a couple of years ago. We'll be back again.
Happy trails

krofchak on

You look Marvelous!
What a wonderful trip - and so grateful to be able to live it vicariously through you! Phoenix is pretty much my favourite city and the whole family is gealous! (You may not know that High School Musical is set in Phoenix so its a very popular location in our house.) We are all well, only minor injuries...(Ted dislocated shoulder from coaching Chris' hockey team - Hillary broken arm from her own hockey! Chris and I seem to still be injury free). All the best and we will keep watching your journey! - Leona and Ted

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