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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Holding pattern

It feels like we are on the runway waiting for our plane to take off but they won't give us the go ahead. Over the next week, we should know if we are a go or not. Mike is so much better after his accident and just waiting to get the MD all clear so we can be "on the road again".
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
We have nothing to complain about. The weather has been great and people very nice. We have even gotten back out on the mountain bikes, worked on our carnitas recipe and made reservations for this spring. But when the itch hits, it can drive a person crazy.
Trail to Wind Cave

Wind Cave with many bee hives inside the cracks of the cave

Yep, we started clear down there

The desert is greener than we have ever seen it due to the large amount of rain this year. We hear the rattlesnakes are waking up but haven't seen any as we hike or cycle.
We enjoy Gilbert

Great BBQ with a walkup counter

On a rainy weekend, we stopped at the Mesa Market

Don't have to do that too many times

Mesa, Arizona - Grave of Ernesto Miranda
Ernesto A. Miranda was a career criminal. In 1963 he was arrested and convicted for armed robbery and the kidnap/rape of an 18-year-old girl without being advised of his right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. His attorneys appealed his conviction, which led to the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that all suspects at the time of their arrests must be read their "Miranda" rights. His conviction was overturned, he was released, and promptly rearrested and "Mirandized." He served 11 years before being paroled. On January 31, 1976, he was stabbed to death in a bar fight

This was taken from Roadside America. A great place to find unusual sites to see when we get there.


  1. We love Roadside America. Use it all the time.
    As many times as we have been in Mesa, we have not visited Gilbert...we will this time.
    Glad to read that Mike is doing much better.

    1. The Saturday Farmer's Market in Gilbert is great and check out the burrowing owls.

  2. Good that he is healing - seems to take a lot longer than it used to.

  3. So glad to hear that Mike is healing well from his skiing accident. Looks like you're having fun, even in your holding pattern. Where are you guys headed this spring?

    1. The plan is to see grandkids in South Carolina, class reunion in Vermont, work at a youth camp in Maine before heading to Quebec City. We are enjoying the sunshine after the rain.

    2. Sounds like a great plan! We'll be on the opposite coast—one of these days we hope to meet up with you two.

  4. Wondering what trail you are riding in the top picture-- just says McDowell. Always looking for new ones in the valley

    1. HI Leah! In McDowell Regional Park we took the Granite Trail to Delsie to Gooseneck. Then we crossed the road over into the Sonoran Preserve on the Gooseneck. This picture is at Dynamite Road where you can cross over into Brown's Ranch. Then came back in reverse to Pemberton to Lariat Trail and back. This is a favorite for us and 18 miles of nice rolling riding. They have some good maps before heading out at the visitor's center.

      Thanks for stopping by.