Friday, February 24, 2012

Assorted Thursday Activities

What an unrelated assortment of activities we enjoyed yesterday!

This weekend there is a rodeo in our winter town and they were having a free team roping event in the morning. Not being morning folks, the four of us arrived a bit after 10:00 and sat in the nearly empty grandstand thinking that they were getting a late start on the 9:30 advertised starting time, until they announced the winners that is! As we were leaving, Deanne and I overheard a man say that there was a rider at the chute getting ready to ride a bull so we scrambled back up into the grandstand to watch this...

Our next stop was the Queen Creek Olive Mill where the family owned olive orchard, tour of the olive oil processing facility, store, restaurant, and location provide a lovely, interesting and delicious way to spend a few hours.

In front of the store, there is a demonstration olive grove with picnic tables scattered throughout the lawn where we enjoyed a delicious lunch after taking the tour.

The store and restaurant were packed with customers when we arrived but had thinned out considerably by the time we ate.

From there we drove out to the end of Peralta Road where the guys spent some time deciding which trailhead to take on today's hike into the Superstition Mountains...more about that later.

While there, Deanne photographed some of her favorite cholla cactus and I captured this saguaro growing high in a natural rock alcove.

We came back here and played Farkle until nearly sunset when we drove out Apache Trail to the Lost Dutchman State Park.

This photo of the Superstition Mountains is another of Rich's which I like better than any of mine because he had walked out to this great angle with the cholla and saguaro in the foreground.

These last three of the sunset and the sliver of moon are mine though!

Lovin' Life ~~ In Assorted Ways

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