It was time for some downtime, maybe even a bit of lounging around. Shocking, I know! Hubby and I went to Tucson to visit Youngest Son and just to enjoy the city.
I actually did do a little of this, the relaxing thing. We chose the El Conquistador, a golf-centered resort. When it comes to vacations, I just want to go and I’m not too picky about where I go. I just want to be active and have fun. Hubby loves the golfing in Tucson and wanted to try this property and its surrounding courses.
I am struck by the shadows on the mountains – so pretty!
I don’t think I’d get tired of these views if I lived there.
I tried to capture the beauty of the mountains as the sun set. They really do change with the light during a day.
The resort’s grounds were beautiful! Love those shadows.
Of course I love the grasses.
When these guys get too cold, they turn this lovely shade of purple/red.
There were a few things blooming:
No trip to Tucson is complete without a trip to Loop for some new denim:
“Cash” greets all visitors, ever so politely.
These people know their denim. No matter your shape, they will NAIL your fit in 3 tries. Then it’s just up to you which ones you want. I got a pair in the same style (and size!) as a pair that is over 4 yrs old. I got a darker wash, as I love the fit. They have “360 degree” fit which means they fit snugly but I could do squats and a complete workout in them. They wear like iron and the ones I have been wearing many times a week for 4 1/2 years still look fabulous and show no signs of wear. That is good denim!
Tucson has several great quilt shops. This was the Quilter’s Market (no website), a wonderful shop:
Love this welcome vignette!
These two were super friendly and helpful. It was a delight to shop there.
All that shopping made me hungry:
Normally I don’t do food pictures, but there’s a wee bit of a story here. I stopped at Subway to get a salad. You get to choose what goes on your salad and among the choices were jalepenos and something new to me – “habanero mix”.
Just in case you don’t know your peppers, the hottest Habenero would be 140 times hotter than a mild jalepeno. So the habenero mix is a choice because jalepenos are not hot enough?! I had to try it and yikes, it was hot but good. All food in Tucson seems to have peppers in it. Yummmmm!
Ya gotta laugh-we parked in the “Tucson shade”. This is as good as it gets!
It was nice to visit with our son in his native environment. He is a Tucson-convert and loves living there.
I HAd to visit Sabino Canyon:
No filter there, it’s just that pretty. The Saguaro live only in the Sonoran Desert. This is a “forest”.
This dry wash will fill in the spring.
There was just enough snow melt to provide water in some of the washes.
Such diverse beauty:
I suspect I will be going to El Paso in the Chihuahua Desert in late January for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday. That will complete my tour of deserts for awhile. I may write about my visit to the Tohano Chul Gallery (also Tucson) next week-stay tuned! I’ll cross-post to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.