Sunday, March 15, 2015

Awesome ARIZONA!

Neta, Rose Mary, Stephenie, Geri, Lucille, Elaine
Let me start by saying that Arizona is oooh so Arizona, with its mountain ranges, the amazing cactus and great architecture,  setting it far apart from any other State! I love Arizona.

There we were, some of my former coworkers and I, actually taking off from San Jose International on route to Scottsdale-Phoenix!  Never had I thought this was actually going to happen.  Yet, dreams do come true.  Obviously!

We, "The Perfectly Pitched H-P Purchasing People" did it again.

Beautiful downtown Scottsdale

Not long after David's and my return from Sweden we had our 1st Annual Get Together here in Hollister.  We, or many of us, had not met for close to 25 years!

It was quite a gathering, with Elaine, Arlene, Lucille, Rose-Mary, Geri, Steph and myself.
Event number 2 was immediately planned and hosted by Lucille early last summer.  Featuring an incredible Italian Feast.  Sadly Arlene was not able to join us, nor did she this 3rd time.  We reminisced about "Gladys".... missed her a lot.


Parting at Lucille's the two Arizona "transplants" suggested :  "Next Time Arizona!"
Sure, I thought..... When Pigs Fly:-)

Then towards the end of 2014 it was seriously suggested we all start thinking about our 3rd Annual Event.  Yea, time flies!

Again, we were all invited to Arizona.  We have room they said!  Just come!  Let us find a suitable timeframe?  With the Photographer working I thought perhaps an "overnighter" was a possibility for me.

The month of March became a focus.  A month when the temperatures in AZ are comfortable it was suggested by the "natives", then like magic dates were set.  At this point David had stopped working!
That was NOT the end of the MAGIC!  Nor the end of the MIRACLES... Oh NO!

Stephenie sent us all an email, letting us know that she had "use them or lose them" accumulated air miles due to some pretty significant time soaring high in the sky.  She wanted to treat us to the tickets.
How generous was that?  Lucille, Geri, and I; gratefully, thankfully, and full of marvel said:  Yes.  Thank you so very, very much!  WOW!  This was like winning the lottery!

We were gone for not an "overnighter" but for four days!  Being treated to days full of fun and adventure!  Put up in luxurious surroundings.  Stuffed full of fabulous food!  We went shopping and Bar Hopping.... yes, Stephenie was right.  While at a very quaint wine bar, where the music was so loud we had to shout to communicate, she quipped:  "I know why I do not do this anymore"!  I agreed!  I also did some quibbling about "tip money" shame on me:-(

At the baseball game.

We went to see a baseball game!  A practice game between the SF Giants and the Cubs.
There was sightseeing in both Sedona, (a place that is totally magical) and Jerome, an old mining town located in the Black Hills, more than 5,000 feet above sea level, with a spectacular view of the Verde Valley.

Those were some jam packed days let me tell you!
Maybe Pigs do Fly?

Thank you Elaine and RoseMary!  Thank you Stephenie!  Thank You All!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a trip that will never be forgotten.


Where do we go next?
New York City?
Las Vegas?
Fäviken, Sweden?
Hotel Dagmar,  Ribe, Denmark?
Stockholm, SE?
We better start planning:-) NOW!