Summer Life in the 928 and 520.

I introduced my husband to because he LOVES to read, and this is where I find him.  =)  I think it's adorable he's logging all his books into his online library.  He has no idea I even took a picture!!  I'm so sneaky.
We had some friends use Hotline to get an awesome hotel in Tucson the other weekend, so we decided to try the gamble ourselves and we put their same exact info into Hotline, knew we had a 33% chance at it ...and got something totally different.  Ha.

But the Lodge at Vantana Canyon ended up being beautiful!  So I likened this place unto a Park City-ish feel, but just not cold.

It was a golfer's dream with 36 holes and probably more people on golf carts driving around than in cars.  The day we got up there it was almost storming, so it was ideal golf weather I presume.  It was also ideal walk-around-and-take-picture-without-saturated-hair, weather.

There was one pool that had a pool party going on.  Aside from adventuring and sightseeing, this is our main reason for weekend venturing, really.  Pool-ing, relaxing, snacking.

Husband:  "You are one fine cow!"
Me:  "Awh, tha..wait, what?  Cow?"

Venturing and maybe spending time with my hub.  Just maybe.  I really am going to have to carry a pen and paper around to note all the hilarious sayings Ben will randomly pop off with.  He makes me laugh so hard.  Like when he endearingly calls me a cow.

Instead of palm trees everywhere, the Ventana had a ton of cactuses ...cacti...I'm not sure the plural form of such word.  Some were entirely massive and my first thought was that I wouldn't want to be standing near this during an earthquake.  A most certain death by cactus.

While swimming I looked up and saw a waterfall a little ways up.  We decided to meander up these random trails to go check it out.

We explored 4th Avenue in Tucson, where it seems all the University of Arizona students hang out, and it's by the campus there.  Though we ended up at Tucson's RA.

The drive to Tucson is 130+ miles so I figure there is a 3/4% chance of being pulled per mile (saying each mile is equal in chance) for this drive.  There is also only a .007% chance of being pulled over within the same 50 feet.

Lesson learned.  Do not go 8 over in the middle of nowhere.
In other news, we got a Garmin watch!  I'm so happy!!!  I guess I've been in the dinosaur ages.  I've been mapping my jogging routes online and then using my cell phone to time me.  It worked for me.
Nobody needs a jogging buddy for motivation, but rather just a watch that documents the run and helps you set new PRs.  It documents e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and makes graphs that are motivating (at least to us).  I love graphs.  Ben's run like so...

I think this will be a good investment.  :)

Have a nice summer week!!  Miss you all!

Five August Activities

1-  Ben rocked at Crossfit doing "Helen," a workout this week, with all sorts of people cheering him on.  He puked his guts out in the puke bucket for the first time.  I thought he might pass out.  An hour later it was awesome, but during his workout recovery it really wasn't that awesome.  That is some determination!!  (I had him promise me he wouldn't do that again. haha).  I love my Crossfitter.

2-  Weekends at home consist of Ben's famous breakfasts (pretty much the only time I eat breakfast...mornings just don't typically mesh with food).

3-  We made toaster smores with super GIANT marshmellows, something well worth documenting.  (We even watched five movies this weekend, too, and I typically hate movies.)

4-  We finally went up Mt. Graham, but we didn't make it to the telescopes up top, which was a bummer.  The road turned into a dirt road after an hour+, and we brought our new car.  We'll be back up again, in the truck this time, and maybe even to camp.  We were pretty disappointed about the random dirt road.  I guess we should have done a little more research before hand.  Hopefully we didn't turn around right around the corner from what would have been our destination.

The mountain temperatures dropped about 35-40 degrees up near 10,000 where we finally turned around.  I am still so surprised because I still think of Arizona as a total desert, and not as it looks below, all forest-y.

A deer ran right behind me here, and there was the brightest green moss I've ever seen (easily amused I guess).  I guess there are bears galore up there, but we luckily didn't encounter any.

5-  There are some randomly giant houses here in town.  This one looked like it was being added onto and I saw it and was like "holy house!!!...let's go take a picture."  Of course.

And this house is very orange, I had to take a picture.  In fact, I probably should have shot an HDR.  The skies here are always so pretty, and I love them in HDR, especially against bright colored houses.
I don't think our town enforces any codes.  We pass the house below on our walk to Crossfit (which is conveniently across the street behind us), and I always want to take a picture of all the junk.  Click the pic to enlarge the junk.  This is one of many houses like so.  A junky yard would stress me out I think.
That is all for now.  Except our town pool is full on drained for the season (this town is run by total weirdos, it's like well over 100 out and they end the pool season).  Back to reality for another week.  Life is treating us well in AZ.  Love and miss you all!