>> Monday, January 11, 2010
Last Monday night, Pharmie and I took off for 6 days to visit my grandparents in Mesa AZ. (Grandpa and Grandma live in MN, but they head to AZ for 4-5 months each year and stay in an “old folks trailer park.”) We had highs of 69-72 degrees F (20-22 C) while we were there. That sure beats the 2 days of 34 below F (36 below C) that my folks had while we were gone! I think we picked a good week to be gone!
Monday, Jan 4:
Flew into Phoenix in the evening:
Pharmie and I picked the highest-heights of the orange trees where all the old folks couldn’t reach:
Grandpa with our big bag of success!
Pharmie and I chipper and eager at the start of Bingo
4 unsuccessful “blackouts”
Pharmie and I got up and headed out to the Lost Dutchman State Park. The goal was to hike to the top of the Superstition Mountains and get to the top of the Flatiron. That was an epic 5 hours! More on this in the next day or 2! I took a lot of fun photos on our run / hike / climb up to the top! Here’s 1 quick photo of Pharmie running around the base of the mountain just before we left the park:
Grandpa and Grandma took us to an Olive Grove. They make all kinds of Olive Oil. Check out this sweet shirt that I
Grandpa and Grandma eating lunch at the Olive Grove
Grandpa (the best horseshoe-thrower at his park for 7 of the last 8 years) taught Pharmie how to pitch horseshoes:
Pharmie at the top of South Mountain
Grandpa and Grandma at the top of South Mountain
I went for a run, we played some more 4-handed cribbage (17 total games over our stay, and Pharmie and I won 12 of those!), got all packed up, and Grandpa and Grandma dropped us off at the airport. We headed home and Matt picked us up at MSP, which was flippin' freezing.
Thanks for letting us crash on your pull-out couch for a few days Grandpa and Grandma!! We had a great time!!
I’ll be back shortly with photos and our story from climbing the Superstition Mountains!