Friday, November 5, 2010

First Week Back in Tucson

We've been back in Tucson for a week. So far it's been hot and really windy since returning. Thursday Jim, Kim and I did the Starr Pass trail hike. This is the horse tank, the vegetation has really grown up. You can see how windy it was from the movement of the trees.

After the hike there was lunch. We went for Sonoran hot dogs at El Guero Canelo. The Sonoran hot dog is very good; it's in a soft bun and there's bacon. What more could you ask for?

We had seen an article in Sunset Magazine about the restaurant a couple of years ago, but never got around to going down to 12th Avenue to get one. However, now we have and we can categorically recommend them as yummy. This is the back of the restaurant, it's kind of cool. Sort of a temporary, permanent structure with fans.

Here are Jim and Kim enjoying the weather.

Another gaudy Arizona sunset.

Today Kim and I drove down to Sonoita to the Callagan winery. It's an interesting part of the state. The elevation is about 4800 feet, it's very green. There are several wineries in the area. Callagan is good, they have good reds and whites.

Callagan vines with mountains background.

Kim and I got home about 4 ish, to a very odd situation. Kim's RV was wide open, mine was locked but it appeared as if Jim had been kidnapped. We could not fathom why Jim and Jim would have bolted to Home Depot in such a rush. There were tools and mats on the ground, but no sign of the men or clues as to the purpose of their departure. Then, ominously, we noticed the spatter. What could it be? It's blood. As it turns out, while working on the seal for the living room slide, a finger was caught in the mechanism. After hours in the ER, the Jims returned home. Kim's Jim will be keeping his hand elevated for several days. Medical staff reported only soft tissue damage, and the damaged finger should recover fully.

We had dinner with Kim and Jim tonight, it was a lamb recipe to die for.

Don and Jamie are back. It's good to see them!

Traffic update: Grande (which becomes Mission) south of A Mountain is a construction nightmare. If you're planning on riding A Mountain and then returning to Rincon West, you may want an alternate route to riding on Mission. It's pretty torn up.

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