Voyage of the Wayward Wind 2008 travel blog

Easter Picnic in the Dragoon Mountains

Was Xavier enjoying the Easter picnic?

Monday, March 17 thru Monday, March 31, 2008

The second half of March began with a weather forecast of accumulating snow down to a level of 4000 ft. Benson’s elevation is over 4700 ft so we expected to wake up to the white stuff. However, as we all know, the weatherman speaketh with forked tongue more often than not, and this was one of those occasions. Monday was a sunny day - there wasn’t even snow on the mountains. Spring arrived on Thursday, and Mother Nature was apparently looking at the calendar cuz it’s been absolutely gorgeous since that day!

Tina and I went into Tucson one day to have lunch with my friend, Sarah Monier. Sarah and I taught school together at Townsend Jr High and have been friends for more than 40 years now. Tina has always held a special spot in “Aunt” Sarah’s heart.

On Saturday evening, Cassie, Eddie, & Xavier arrived from El Paso to spend Easter with the family. Sunday morning we (Cassie, Eddie, Xavier, Tina, Doug, Walt, Drew & I) drove out to the Dragoon Mountains just east of Benson for an Easter picnic. We found a very nice spot under a cluster of trees. There was no one else around. After a delicious meal, we wiled away the afternoon playing Mexican Train - a perfect day! Monday, Drew & I went to Tina’s to visit with Cassie and family for the afternoon and stayed for pizza when Tina got home from work. The refinancing of her house had finally been approved so we celebrated. Wednesday, Cassie & Eddie had to return to El Paso since his mother was due there for a visit on Thursday. We took the three of them to the Turquoise Hills Country Club for lunch before they headed home. We’ll sure miss them, especially Xavier. At 20 mos., he is a delight!

The evening of the 29th, a couple called the Partners who performed for the park earlier this year put on a final Saturday night concert to a full house. Since Easter many “residents” are leaving the park heading “back home” or beginning their summer travels. Consequently, most of the regular planned activities have been discontinued until October when “the season” begins again. Also on Saturday, there was a microburst on our street. One of the storage sheds (10x10) just down from us was picked up and then dropped in the arroyo that runs right behind us. There wasn’t much salvageable left of the shed. The shed on the lot next to the one that was destroyed was blown off its foundation. Fortunately, we did not sustain any damage other than a frightening second or two when I thought we were going to blow over.

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