Janice and I were invited to care for two sweet doglets, Thelma and Louise, who live in the suburbs of Tucson; we accepted! As cities go, Tucson is a good one. The doglets were good ones, too. Their mom wanted to visit the Himalayas while resting her mind about the pups and her home. This is where Janice and I excel.
|Thelma, looking more nervous than was warranted.|
I have been in Tucson when I didn't eat at Govinda's, but those times filled me with regret. I was having no remorse this trip.
It was a rare treat to be in the Old Pueblo at the same time as Brenda and Karin. Thanks for making time to break naan with us!
When the time came to leave town, we picked the most direct route back to Datil. That included breakfast in Mammoth, a town we agreed felt pretty interesting. Bookmark that for later exploration.
|El Capitan Pass, AZ|
Salt River Canyon was previously only a cautionary tale to me. But, traveling in a small car eliminates a lot of preparation that big-riggers must make. We just jauntily happened upon it.
|Salt River Canyon. Photographer is a little terrified.|
|My lovely assistant, Janice, models the canyon.|
The last time I felt such surprise and wonder was my first glimpse of the Grand Canyon. This one is pretty darn grand, too.
By the time we hit Springerville, snow plow operators seemed to know something we didn't. Later, we knew it, too.
Yesterday, I had fun working at the Datil food pantry. Food pantries do an amazing job of feeding people, but it's not easy, and food pantries are usually scrambling to meet expenses. Volunteers who run them are always looking for a way to stretch a dollar.
Now, we're relaxing in the cabin in Datil, discussing and Googling important topics:
- How are pasta and egg noodles different?
- What is the mailing address for the geographic center of the contiguous United States?
- Is "spatchcock" a sexually-transmitted disease?
Between us, we finessed three propane heaters into full functionality, so we're doing well in the winter temperatures. When the Sun isn't hidden, we get extra solar gain. Solar is everything.