extra large glasses and free refills
We picked up a homemade cinnamon roll and farm eggs at the Amish Country Store. We also went to a great place called Sprouts Farmer's Market in Mesa. My sister said I was like a kid in a candy store as I loaded up on fresh organic fruits and veggies for often half the price of what we pay here. They carried bulk items also. I was a happy girl.....
Main building at Gold Canyon Methodist Church
The first Sunday we were there we went to church in the association center where my sister and BIL live. It was a nice service officiated by two retired pastors. The second Sunday we headed to Gold Canyon to the large Methodist church there...one Jan and Lanny have gone to many times. We went to the contemporary service which Joel and I loved. Fantastic worship, and great sermon, too! The churches in the area have a different type of congregation with snow birds tripling their numbers in the winter months. Fascinating demographic, because where do these snow birds give their tithes and how do the churches survive when they are gone 7 months of the year? Interesting dilemma...
Lanny and Jan
Joel and Renee
It was a wonderful trip, even with the long hours in the car. We had 46 hours driving time, not including bathroom and lunch breaks. We were blessed to stay in Jan and Lanny's Townhome two of the 4 nights on the road, making only two nights in hotels necessary. Our time in AZ was great. Needless to say it was hard to come back to cold damp weather! We exchanged the brown desert for the green Midwest, but we also exchanged 80's and sunshine for the low 50's and rain.
Arizona 2016 was short but sweet and I am so glad we went. We are looking forward to our next adventure!