Thur - Feb. 17 thru Sun -Feb. 27th
This statue is out front of the new Akchin Casino in Maricopa, Az. It shows the native Americans picking the fruit off the saguaro cactus. Maricopa had about 1,000 people in 2000, was estimated to have 46,000 people in 2009 and is over 50,000 now. Almost everything in the town is brand new, beautiful homes and parks.
We camped at the casino for a few days with lots of other snowbirds.
While we were here we drove down to Casa Grande to see the ruins.
We drove down to Casa Grande a couple of other days to see movies. One day it was very windy. It almost looked like a whiteout blizzard, but it was much warmer. We saw True Grit and The King's Speech. We liked them both very much.
On Wednesday the 23rd we picked up our friend, Julie, at the airport in Mesa. While she was here we checked into a resort and relaxed by the pool every afternoon. We also went to a flea market in Mesa one morning and to a huge arts festival in Fountain Hills another morning. Fountain Hills is another suburb of Phoenix and has the tallest fountain in the world. It is powered by three engines and is 300 feet tall most of the time, but is 500 feet tall when it is at full power.
Believe it or not, this Sunday morning as we were sitting in the hot tub, it actually snowed on us for just a few minutes. After sending Julie back to the frozen tundra today, we will be heading toward Texas.
One day while we were here, we saw a woman wearing a t-shirt that said, Iowa Cafe Mesa, Az.
We never did find the cafe. Not that we were really looking!