I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 1:55 AM GMT on October 22, 2012
Friday I drove around Clifton / Morenci looking for some photo opps, but little was found.
I headed south, cutting across to Safford, Arizona. Mount Graham is the landmark there. Then I cut south on 191 to I-10. West I-10 until I got to Rita Road exit in Tucson. Traffic was stopped due to construction. I sat by an exit for several minutes. After no motion was happening, I exited and saw a LOT of Tucson via surface streets.
I ended up in Catalina, near where the CHOLLAS live. Checked into a hotel, then headed over to their house. It is located in a big retirement community which has a nice golf course. I played it several times many years ago.
They live in a very nice house with desert landscaping front and back. CHOLLA took me on a ride in his golf cart (he does not golf...) through the neighborhood and along the golf course.
Then it was back to the house where MRS CHOLLA (Chollita?) had begun dinner. We enjoyed their back yard outside and sat inside in their Arizona room.
Maggie kept forcing me to drink her Margaritas, and I relented to the pressure.
All in all it was great evening of relaxation and good food with good friends. I am grateful for their hospitality!
They are soon heading to CHILE, hope they keep us informed of their adventures.
Next morning I was off north on RT 77 to Globe. Then further northwest on RT 188 past Lake Roosevelt, eventually hitting RT 87 (The Beeline Highway). I turned north for the last stretch to Payson. Made the big climb up Rye Hill. Checked into the Comfort Inn and headed to meet my realtors Jim and Suzi.
We looked at houses all afternoon. I did see one really nice house, but it had a very small yard. All in all, it was a bit disappointing for the day.
Sunday AM we were back at it. The weather has been perfect since I arrived in the lower USA..
We saw several nice homes in the Payson area. One that stood out was an older home that was completely rebuilt and expanded a couple years ago. It was on a half acre, garden, nice garage. I saw a potential for a pitching green.
Then we headed north to Pine, Strawberry, and eventually to HAPPY JACK, just a half hour from Winslow. There were a couple of large homes there in the pines with large lots of about an acre. I just did not want to get into a home with a long winter. We were at 7000 feet plus there, so we retired back to Payson at 5000.
Oh, and I made an offer on that home I liked.
Northbound tomorrow AM.
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