SHAKESPEARE IN THE DESERT

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Midsummer Night’s Dream at U of A

Elizabeth and I love our semi-annual trips to Tucson. Every time we go, the trip turns into a different kind of a wonderful adventure.

This time, our ostensible “excuse” for a weekend in Tucson was Shakespeare’s visit to the desert. The University of Arizona School of Theater, Film & Television staged a new production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It was absolutely divine.

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To prepare for it, Elizabeth and I had watched the night before the movie of the same title performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. And I have to say that the Tucson production was more enchanting. And the Puck character, performed by the sophomore Grace Kirkpatrick, stole the show in my humble opinion.

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Elizabeth was similarly moved. As we were driving home this afternoon, both of us chose the Friday night’s Shakespeare in the Desert visit as the highlight of a wonderful weekend all around.

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ALL ABOUT APPLE PIE

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Our ostensible excuse for our second day in the Tucson area (Sat) was Apple Annie’s – an outstanding apple, fruit and fudge place in Willcox. We discovered it last October on our way back home from New Mexico.

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But to get to that amazing apple pie, about an hour away from Tucson, we had first driven six hours and over 330 miles across the Patagonia Mountains, along the Mexican border, and with a stopover for tea at the enchanting Copper Queen Hotel (built in 1900) in Bisbee.

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Our first photo-op was at a famous steak house in Sonoita. We were not alone. A bunch of Harley-Davidson-type bikers seem to have also picked this place as their assembly spot. Then they traveled like a train snaking through the countryside to Tombstone. At least that’s where they were headed when we last saw them, just before turning toward Sierra Vista (see above map).

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Tucson and Bisbee were the first road trips Elizabeth and I have ever taken together. So it was wonderful to revisit some of these old jaunts.

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As it turns out, Elizabeth also received a very special gift in Bisbee. But I will let her tell you about it in her own words, if she so chooses. I will just give you a clue – with the above picture.

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And yes, eventually we did make it to Willcox and Apple Annie’s heavenly pies. We ate half of one, and brought home another one and a whole bunch of other sweet and delicious treats.

No pictures, though. I don’t want to cause you much mouth-watering. 🙂

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ATOP SABINO CANYON

Earlier this morning (Sunday, May 4), Elizabeth and I hiked the Sabino Canyon, in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson. It was Elizabeth’s third hike to the top (elev. about 3,300 ft).

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On our way up the mountain, we also saw Sabino Canyon’s only duck family (below left), according to a US forest ranger who happened to be there at the same time as we.

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And on our way down, Elizabeth once again took a shot of my under the (for us) now famous mountain ridge which depicts ALTZAR, my astral name, with an Eagle at his head and a Lion at his feat.

KNOW WHAT A DUST DEVIL IS?

Do you know what a “dust devil” is? No, I don’t mean “Sun Devils,” the Arizona State University team. 

“Dust devils” are tiny tornadoes that spring up across the Arizona desert like giant mushrooms. They usually happen during the hot summer months.

Well, this afternoon, as Elizabeth and I were driving home from a wonderful weekend in Tucson (more on that later), we saw probably more than a dozen “dust devils.”

Here’s one that Elizabeth captured with her camera while I was driving near Picacho Peak, roughly a half-way point between Phoenix and Tucson.

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