Thursday, February 25, 2010

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, AZ

This sign on the side of the mountain is Phoenix’s version of the Hollywood sign. It was placed originally to guide pilots to the airport, but has remained as a landmark. It can be seen from all over the park.P2250001 We are in the group area along with 17 other Lazy Daze RVs. We met many of them at the gathering last February in Catalina State Park, so it’s been fun visiting with everyone. Last night was happy hour, hors d’ouevres, and sitting around the campfire.

This morning Carla and I went on the bird walk here in the park, my second birding adventure in a week, as Debbie and I did one last week at Catalina. We are always seeing birds when we’re hiking, and I thought it would be good to learn about them. The woman who lead our group today was a wealth of information about the local birds and vegetation. If only I can remember everything she told and showed us!

Tonight our group went to Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, a unique pizza joint where they have a giant pipe organ that comes up out of the floor of the stage. It was mildly entertaining (unfortunately most of the music was from our great-grandparents era), and the pizza was acceptable but nothing special. The place was already packed when we got there for our 4;15 reservation. Yes, we are getting old, joining the early bird special folks for dinner before 5!

The pictures aren’t very good, but you get the idea. The organ and all the pipes were pretty impressive, and loud. Tomorrow night the group is going to the Arizona Opry, a Branson-type variety show.  Jim and I and Chuck and Carla are the only ones who opted not to go. Didn’t think we could take that much excitement two nights in a row!P2250004 P2250006

We ordered a catalytic heater for the rig and it came yesterday, so tomorrow we are driving over to an RV place to get the propane lines installed so it can be hooked up. We’re looking forward to having a way to heat the rig while dry camping that doesn’t suck down our propane and battery power like the furnace does. Hope it does the trick.

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