Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Repeat Performance

One of the joys of being retired is the ability to take spontaneous trips.  That's what we've done this week.  Our daughter Sara and her family are on vacation in Arizona, and with more snow falling in Alberta this week we decided, after discussing it with them, to join them for their second week of vacation.  So here we are back in Arizona, basking in the 30C heat, far from the snow and cold of Alberta.

Of course, one of the first things I wanted to do was to go back to the Desert Botanical Gardens to walk the one trail Mickey and I missed and take pictures of the Chihuly glass structures there and enjoy the new experience with the grandkids.

Sara, Charlie, Quinn, Pat, Elly and Max at the entrance to the DBG

Lloyd and Sara

Elly, Quincey and Max
Quinn watching the butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion

Me and Lloyd

To put things into perspective --- Elly and Sara at the foot of the glass structure.

Elly sitting in front of the white glass structures

Beautiful structure in a boat, the reflection in the water is perfect

Charlie 'holding' the boat

Floating blue glass 'ice'.

Lloyd and Elly

Hummingbird on a wire

Lovely Charlie by the water sculpture

Quincey spent the afternoon with Quinn riding his shoulders

Grinding mesquite seeds the old fashioned way

Max leaving a ramada.  Everyone was carrying water all day. This
is thirsty business. 

Quinn in the corral

Charlie and her Gram at the end of the trail.
Another lovely day in paradise.


Mickey said...

Such a lovely place! But it must have been hot!
The glass looks so beautiful in photos!
BTW big storm tonight!

Bev said...

Looks like a wonderful place! Isn't this weather wonderful!!!... So glad we can stay a bit longer ....away from that Alberta weather!!!!


Everything looks lovely. The sculptures are beautiful, indeed. Your family looks happy to be together. Glad you had a chance to enjoy each other's company.

doodles n daydreams said...

Pat, what a wonderful surprise being able to go back for a few days and spend a lovely day out with the family. Lucky you.