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Day 167-169 - Visiting Folks in Phoenix (Photo's Added)

We made it to Phoenix Friday morning and spent the day visiting my nephew, Saturday Mom visited with some friends from Shelton, and Sunday we visited Raul's mother, Elva.

storm 63 °F

Blog is more behind then ever, will try to get a few entries caught up tomorrow & Sunday...

Raul was off work today, so we spent some time with him just chatting and enjoying some of his hobbies. Turns out my nephew is quite handy with his hands, getting into wood carving, building a model battleship, and refurbishing things. However, the best picture I got of him was while he was tinkering with something he intends to give someone as a birthday present. Just on the chance they might be checking the blog, thought I ought to try to block it out.

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Lynette had some errands to run, but came over later with her mom, Cindy. Their family has been in AZ long before Air Conditioning, so sounds like they have quite an interesting history here. I also found out Lynette has been working on her family's geneology, so we tried to swap some of the information we'd gathered.

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We played a strange game (Apple to Apple?), which I wasn't very good at - but it was fun, ate pizza and generally enjoyed the visit.

In the morning, Raul made omlettes for us with Rosemary (he's a chef BTW). After breakfast, I took Mom to a Seventh Day Adventist church in Mesa, where she met up with some friends from Shelton who are spending the winter down here. This was a very large church with a rather unusual building.

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After church, Ed & Jean (Mom's friends) treated us to lunch at Old Country Buffet (Mom's favorite restaurant chain). We all ate a little too much of course, then joined Ed & Jean at their motorhome to chit chat a bit. Jean has been following the blog a bit and said she enjoy's the bird photo's. That's it folks, more birds!

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Sunday we visited Raul Jr's other grandmother, Elva (my sister's mother-in-law). She lives in Mesa full time in one of the many, many mobile home parks. She said she enjoys the exercise classes and other activities at the park. She also baked cookies in honor of our visit (perhaps this is why she's known as the cookie lady?)

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I've decided give up on Grand Canyon for this trip and just continue heading west from here - not that we'll have any trouble finding interesting things to do. It's going to be cold up in the G. Canyon area, so Mom would rather avoid it and I can always come back some other time and really make a visit of it. Even San Diego had trouble with snow this week though - so Mom may not be as warm as she'd like even if we don't head north Monday, we'll see.

-- Trying to get the blog caught up, we visited everyone as scheduled and are now heading west again. Staying in a nice RV park in Buckeye, right next to I-10 and Hwy 85. Tomorrow we'll head south on 85 to I-8, then west to Yuma and eventually San Diego.

Logistics:

Miles Driven - 236 (It is a long way between different parts of the Phoenix area!)
Camped at all sorts of places, but final night before heading south was Leaf Verde RV Campground in Buckeye, AZ

Provisions - Gas $20.90 for 7.41 gallons at 126,208 (Flying J in Casa Grande)
.....Gas $27.36 for 9.845 gallons at 126,350 in Apache Junction, AZ

Posted by jl98584 21:31 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Wow, wish I was there. Looks like you had a great visit. Yes, Elva makes wonderful cookies, my favorite are a potato chip cookie with chocolate chips. She usually researches for the healthiest way to make them and still taste great.
Jr and Lynette look great, they were in SA for Thanksgiving, now we need to visit them.

by rllomas

Wow, wish I was there. Looks like you had a great visit. Yes, Elva makes wonderful cookies, my favorite are a potato chip cookie with chocolate chips. She usually researches for the healthiest way to make them and still taste
great.
This photo, Cindy an Lynette look alot alike,,wonder why..
Jr and Lynette look great, they were in SA for Thanksgiving, now we need to visit them.

by rllomas

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