WAINE & JOANNE'S ARIZONA ADVENTURES 2018/19 travel blog

Charlie Balogh playing a variety of songs.

Great story teller interacting with the crowd.

The wall behind the Organ is where the sound pipes are located

Pizza Venue is 2 floors (43') to allow amazing acoustics

Grammie Jo saving our seats for a birds eye view of the...

A variety of instruments are secured to the walls and ceiling and...

A great view of the instruments on the ceiling and walls.

The Organ is elevated from this centre section below the white wall.

Massive pipes create an amazing sound

A great day with our friends from Val Vista Villages

Be sure to check out their website for details on the Organ

Mocha really wanted treats from Tom Eifert at our New Years Eve...

Our neighbour on New Years Shirley Davis

Connie Eifert on New Years

Joanne and Shirley waiting for the Times Square Ball to drop

Dick Davis enjoying the snacks.

The end of a very tough hike.

A great example of the 'fancy footwork' to manoeuvre the steep trails.

One of our hikers below our entrance to one of the downward...

Wild berries just coming into bloom

A fair amount of colourful wild flowers on this trail

Extremely dry desert for this time of year.

Grammie Jo along with a few of the hikers taking a snack...

Not very comfortable seating for our snack break

The view behind me is an example of the beauty of the...

Joanne working her way up the trail

Cats Peak Trail

One of the largest Cactus we've seen, approx. 30+ ft tall likely...

Working our way thru the trail

Great view of a Cholla Cacti Forest...several acres

Stick salute for a passing lone hiker

Joanne and I taking a water break

Joanne contemplating shortly after her fall

Extremely dry and isolated area

A prime example of the trail gravel

 

Joanne studying the 'honour entrance' of some of the fallen soldiers

Arizona Airforce Commemorative AirBase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Corvette

 

 

 

Grammie Jo's favourite

 

3 Wheel BMW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class of '59 Alderson Ave. Elementary School


Well, sorry for the delay in our updates but we've been crazy busy with various outings.

We spent a quiet New Years Eve with a couple of neighbours in for a few drinks and appies to watch the Time Square Ball drop. A quiet time but as usual many laughs.

I've been spending a fair amount of time working on my Class of '59 Elementary 60 yr Reunion. (slated for late spring/early summer) So far we've managed to located and confirm close to 1/2 our class. (Gr. 6 Class moving on from Elementary to Jr./Sr. High School.) Our group chat lines have been working like crazy trying to locate the missing classmates and hopefully we'll find more over the next few months. We've had a great phone interview with the Coquitlam on line Newspaper which carried a story of the reunion along with a class photo which should help to locate our missing friends.

Last week Joanne and I along with about 200 others attended our Val Vista Resort Private Pizza Party held at the Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, AZ. While dining on a variety of pizza, we listened to a a variety of songs performed by Charlie Balogh, named American Organist of the Year. The Organ installed at the Pizza House is the Worlds largest Wurlitzer every constructed.(built in 1927) (pls check out the history atHistory of the Pipe Organ"unbelievable sound")

We had another great hike, this time to "Cats Peak Trail" It was without a doubt the toughest so far on our trip. A steady climb up/down/up/down on extremely slippery, gravelly pathways. We all (56 joined the hike) had a few slips and trips but nothing compared to Joanne's fall into a Cactus Bush. After several Cactus Needles were removed from Ear/Hand/Butt and clothing we continued on. Crazy how fast things can happen. Joanne of course is a trouper and all was o.k. and she brushed it off as only Joanne can. After the hike we spent the afternoon in the Hot Tub and Pool to sooth our aching muscles.

Wednesday we toured the Arizona Airforce Commemorative Museum. Falcon Field Airbase was opened in 1941 as a training base for the British Royal Airforce Pilots during WW2. The Union Jack has been flown at the base since that time. A wonderful experience to view the display of aircraft used during various military endeavours.

Yesterday we attended the first day of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Vehicle Auction and Show in Scottsdale, AZ. What an amazing experience, 3 or buildings packed full of 100's of Antique/Collector Cars all polished and ready for 'high priced' auction. You could not believe the numbers of all models and years on display with thousands and thousands of dollars in values.

This past couple of weeks our weather has turned fairly poor for Arizona standards. Many evenings hovering around 4-6 c (40 ish F) along with a number of wind and rain storms. Hopefully the weather will turn positive in the next short while. In the meantime we continue with our Bocci Games (with a Fun Tournament coming up next week.) We also have a number of more outings to attend and will update our adventures again next weekend.

Take care and please enjoy our photos.

Waine and Joanne




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