Posted by: facetothewind | October 20, 2016

Fall Finally

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Autumn arrived gently at the end of a very long, hot summer in Arizona. Fortunately we weren’t here to experience more than a couple months of it. And now the prize: warm, sunny days, cool nights with a light blanket. And the buzz of the fall season in Tucson as we slide into the holidays. Everything is pumpkin. Pumpkin beer, pumpkin breakfast cereal, pumpkin hand sanitizer, pumpkin deodorant. Well, OK, maybe not.

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The days are still warm enough for swimming and the nights cool enough for a fire and a cuddle. Summer was more like, “Love you darling, but don’t touch me — it’s too darn hot.”

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This is the time of year when I’m deliriously happy to be in Arizona and relieved NOT to be where most of my dear friends have hunkered down for the winter.

Jeff and Angela invited us on a glamping trip to the national forest near Willcox. We had a great time chopping wood, digging holes, cooking over the open fire and inhaling mosquitoes. We made flame broiled steaks and corn, Malaysian curry, roasted marshmallows with dark chocolate mouth-mix while enjoying the music of crickets and coyotes and great horned owls. It was all so very wild west dude ranchy. Alas, Arizona had a very wet summer and the mosquitoes are out in force this year. The winter freeze will reset them back to zero but it seems that climate change is turning southern Arizona into the subtropics…which is not a bad thing, honestly. I hate to admit this but I’ve taken to fogging the courtyards because it has gotten so bad with the skeeters. I give up on environmentalism when winged vampires are sucking my blood.

Here’s a little video encapsulation of early autumn in Tucson…

Here’s a little photo collage of the past 6 weeks of mountains and married life…

Next stop Grand Canyon.

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Responses

  1. Lovely fall! Looks like you make the most of it! Did Chuan get his green card?

    Where does Ida Plotkin come from? She seems so familiar–non-denominational, atheist, Jewish grandmother. hmmmm…

    Fall has not arrived here yet. Daytime temps still in the 80’s. But nights are comfortable for sleeping, so I can’t complain.

    Jake says I should get a smart phone. Do you have any advice? All I know is I need one that accommodates two sim cards so I can use it here and in the US.

    Thanks for the great photos of you and friends. Looking forward to the Grand Canyon.

    Love, Dianna

    On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 2:24 AM, Field notes from a noticer wrote:

    > facetothewind posted: ” Autumn arrived gently at the end of a very long, > hot summer in Arizona. Fortunately we weren’t here to experience more than > a couple months of it. And now the prize: warm, sunny days, cool nights > with a light blanket. And the buzz of the fall season in ” >

  2. Lovely photos!  The camping trip sounds great except for the mosquitos which can ruin a camping trip as much as rain.  Where does the term “glamping” come from?  Anna looks great…so does Trish.  Little Austin is adorable…they’re always cute at that age.  Chuan seems to be enjoying his new home.  You seem to be a happy couple.Love always,Mom


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