Hitting the dusty trail, part two

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That’s me on Tom, the chestnut horse, on a trail through the Saguaro National Forest on the east side of Tucson. The mountains in the distance are either Santa Catalina or Rincon Mountains.

It was so much fun to be out in the desert when the cacti were blooming, including huge, old saguaros.

After a couple of hours in the saddle, I was sun and wind worn and I thought my legs would never go back together again!

One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on a horse to see what God has made.

Anon

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Tucson in bloom


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“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1900-1944

 

In April, I made a weeklong visit to Tucson to look at houses, ride horseback through the desert, and walk and drive all over to see what I could see.

Here’s what I noticed about older homes in mid-town Tucson – they are attractive and charming in so many ways. Also, they often have a step somewhere on the first floor. Sometimes it’s a step down to the living room, sometimes, it’s a step down to the Arizona room. What I learned is, if there is a step, I will either trip over it or go flying off of it thinking the floor was flat there.

I often was very impressed with the charm of a house until I got to the kitchen. I’m not fussy about kitchens, I don’t care if they have granite countertops, for example, but there are kitchens in older homes in mid-town that make me wonder what the builder was thinking.

The upshot of the visit was that I found a house that did not have a step up or down inside the house and it had a “normal” kitchen. “I’ll take it!”