Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

Our coach decorated for Christmas

Our Christmas Tree

Entrance to the Phoenix Zoo

Snake & Friend

Doughboy and Spider

Monkeys in trees

Monkeys in Trees

Cholla Cactus

Tree with over 5000 blue lights

Spider & Web

Santa on the Highway

Scottsdale Congregational UCC sign

Scottsdale Congregational UCC

Sanctuary SCUCC

Linda & Gerry Spoolstra, Rev. Bob McFarlane, Barb & Brad

We hope everyone is ready for Christmas and has a wonderful one. Ours will be very different this year. It will be our first one away from the kids and we will miss all of them dearly. Yes, Karen and Steve, I will miss the chaos. We will go down to my niece, Nikki's for dinner. There will be a houseful which will be good. Jan and her step-son, Len will be there along with Jim's mother and his brother and his girlfriend from Hong Kong. This is her first trip to this country. We have a Christmas tree - thank you Nikki. Nikki lent it to us. We had brought a fiber optic tree from home but when we got the table on the steering wheel, found it was too big. Neither Jan nor Nikki wanted to use ours so we have set it on a table outside the coach and we light them both at night. We have found a church that will be "our church" while we are here. It's the Scottsdale Congregational Church. We went last week and found it to be very welcoming. The service was very joyful and uplifting. We didn't go to church at all on the way out - many of the Sundays we were on the road and those we weren't we just didn't make it. We've been keeping busy exploring the area and visiting. Last Friday we went over to the west side of the valley to Surprise to visit and have lunch with Barb & Joe Lawlor camping friends from New Jersey. We spent a lovely afternoon with them. We also came across a ghost town on the Apache Trail. It was late in the day when we found it, so will go back another time to spend more time there. Sunday evening Jan, Brad and I went to see the Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. There are 2.5 million lights decorating a good size area. One tree alone had 50000 blue lights on it. There were many animal characters in lights. The real animals were in another area of the zoo, although they were offering camel rides. I've attached some pictures we took there. Another day we went riding toward the Apache Trail as we had seen a brochure on an interesting sounding museum out there. The museum was closing as we got there but they sent us up the Trail a little way to a ghost town. It looked really interesting, but since it was so late in the day when we got there we didn't spend a lot of time there. We will go back though. The "Mercantile" (General Store) was very interesting as we browsed there. Found a cute T-Shirt for Geraint there. I've enclosed a picture of "Santa Claus" we passed on the highway that day. Check out the car - the paint job was really unique. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. Love, Barb & Brad

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