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Good morning to all and a beatuful day.  We've now been to Tucson, Tombstone, Phoenix and now Quartzsite. Oh what a wonderful time we are having exploring so many different places and the weather has been great. We spent one day in Tombstone, looking over the old town. In Tucson, we were in Old Town , which is really neat and just explored. We also found the quilt shops, where I buy at least a fat quarter. I've met so many nice people. We spent 8 days in Phoenix, going to3 Seattle Mariner's ball games. Met many from WA there. What a great place to spend an afternoon. While there, we put over 200 miles on our Suziki Samurai (PJ) for puddle jumper. We looked in so many places, Old Town Scottsdale at the galleries, walked the streets, spent time in all the surrounding communities. and had lunch with friends who now live there. We found so many quilts shops and bought more fat quarters. I packed a lunch and we went out to Morristown to look at the gold claims that are in the Gold Prospecting book. Ken is a member of GGPA. We didn't find the claims, but I drove on some cow paths, down a wash in 4-wheel drive and through the rattlesnake country. Heard that they are just coming out. Well,I really watched where I walked. If any of you are going to the Salt Lake City Quilt show in May, many will be there. Phoenix is a very easy place to learn your way around. We had one day of rain and the temperture dropped from the 80's to the 60's and then the rest of our days there were in the low to mid 70's. We stopped in Wickemberg yesterday and explored the town. There was a wonderful BBQ smell coming from one of the restaurants, so of course we had to stop there for lunch. It was The Hog Trough and they smoke all their meat with Pecan and Mesquite wood from 4-18 hours. The beans and coleslaw were good, but the ribs and pulled pork were the best we've ever eaten. The smoke flavor went clear through the meat. Today, is another learning day for finding things. Then on Mon., away we go to more shops or whatever. Will post more later.

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Comment by Gena Rene Kelley on March 27, 2011 at 4:34pm

I too just was in Tombstone. I bought a mini ranch outside of there, and one day I hope to start living my 40 year-old dream of living in the desert.   I spent a morning touring for the 3rd time Tombstone.

There are very few areas that I have gone back to that many times. I however went there to buy land and did not have time to do fat-qtr shopping. I will be sure to learn where every quilt shop is between Phoenix and Tucson and Yuma to Douglas...after living on the far east side of Texas, any thing will be closer to me than it is now....Good visiting for you, and keep up the fun.


Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 27, 2011 at 1:30pm
Sounds like you are having a great time!  Happy (& safe) travels!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 27, 2011 at 9:41am

Sounds like a super trip you are having!  There are some great quilt shops in the Tucson and Phoenix areas. Glad you enjoyed Tombstone - a very interesting town to visit, a lot of history and very touristy.  I can do without the rattlesnakes too. Out at the arboretum, east of Apache Junction, there is a sign on the trail "rattlesnakes only beyond this point".  I just hoped the rattlesnakes could read and know where they were to stay!  

Haven't eaten at the BBQ place you mentioned - sounds wonderful. Our favorite place was in Gilbert - Joe's Real BBQ. Oh my, I think it must be every bit as tasty as what you were describing. Every year on their anniversary they serve free meals. The year we went we had to wait over an hour (not unusual to wait 2-3), but well worth it. They serve several thousand on that day.... all free.

I'm anxious to head down that way the end of April for a week.  

Enjoy the rest of your trip. So good to hear from you!

Comment by Sunshine/Mi on March 27, 2011 at 8:21am
Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.  I'm enjoying your trip while sitting here feeling like I'm freezing in mid Mi. (we're at 27 degrees at 11:19 am); would give my eyeteeth to be somewhere warm today (notice I said eyeteeth and not anything quilting related lol).  Keep on enjoying your trip and please continue sharing with those of us who are 'stuck at home'.
Comment by Terry F on March 27, 2011 at 8:19am
70 degree days and quilt shops sound wonderful.  But, bc of the rattlesnakes I'd be walking on stilts!!!

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