Tuesday, Sept 18th – We left Lost Dutchman State Park this morning, having said our ‘goodbyes’ the night before. It was difficult to leave, knowing that it would be a while (though not too long) before we would be back for a visit. We were not heading far today, just down to Tucson to visit our niece, Katie, and then some friends
We had a good visit with Katie and 4 year old Emma, and little Jack. It is always good to see family……and Katie and her little ones are dear to us.
We then headed over to visit with Don and Dee, some friends from Fred’s work, who moved to the Tucson / Vail area four years ago, when Don retired.
Don and Dee have a beautiful home right close to Saguaro National Park. The weather was perfect for enjoying the outdoor patio…
And pool area. Jade loved being able to wander about in the yard….something that she has not been able to do for these past 6 months of traveling. Jade was a well behaved guest….with only one mishap…..Darn if that pool cover didn’t look like a solid surface! Oops!
Don and Dee had arranged a sunset trail ride with a BBQ afterwards for us. Don is quite the horseman, though Dee opted not to go riding this time.
My horse, Newt, was a tall, and spirited, but well mannered horse. It was fun to ride a horse that I did not have to encourage (kick) all the way on the ride like I have had to do with the horse that I road out by Lost Dutchman
The trail ride was beautiful…..
And the sunset……spectacular!
After the ride, Don, Fred and I joined up with Dee and Sarah, the outfitter, who had fixed a wonderful dinner of steak, baked potatoes, beans, and her famous peach cobbler. It was a very fun evening spent in wonderful company and conversation.
The next morning, Dee outdid herself with breakfast served on the patio.
We had miles to go….so, after breakfast, we reluctantly said our goodbyes…..and drove on down the road.