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Friday, October 17, 2008

"I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch."
                                       -Ella Maillart

We went with Jim and Donna to a favorite place of theirs called Tohono Chul Park. We had breakfast in the tea room there and very much enjoyed it. We walked through the gardens and even saw a LIVE reptile show. Several snakes were presented and a small mud turtle and a gila monster---very interesting!

Tohono Chul Park was a beautiful place and really did live up to its billing as "The Southwest's center where Nature, Art and Culture connect."

We did manage to spend some money in the gift shops also.

Later we did a bit more shopping at Walmart (an extra suitcase) and a place at the mall (more souvenirs and gifts).

When we returned to the house, we saw a coyote!
Later in the afternoon when Jim and Donna were gone we saw another coyote chasing a rabbit and some quail. We have really been entertained by the wildlife all around, including the golden finches and hummingbirds at the feeders outside the windows, birds we don't see at home in Orlando.

We were enjoying the dogs very much---Clancy, Salsa, and Josie, all Australian shepherds. Each one is sweet and has his/her own personality. John said they are the biggest lap dogs he's ever seen! In the morning we would get to watch Jim compete in an agility trial with Salsa and Josie.

Steven arrived from Phoenix with his dog, DeeDee, another Aussie, about 7 PM. We went out to eat at Chad's, a steakhouse. We had a nice meal and great conversation.

Bed time! Tomorrow we pack and head back to Phoenix for out last day in Arizona.

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