Alex adopted me a number of years ago. He actually belonged to the neighbor on the east side of me, yet spent hours hanging
out with his kitty friends that lived with my neighbors to the west. He traveled through my yard going back and forth between
home and friends.

At that time I had been laid off at work and was spending more time in my home office and patio area. Alex began spending more and more time on one of my Adirondack chairs, during which we had great conversations. He is very vocal and expressive. He also started to follow me into the house. He was unbelievably well mannered. I set out a water bowl for him. I was also rather allergic to him.

An allergy prescription and a year later, I set out a food bowl. I still cannot keep Alex in the house overnight (swollen yucky eyes and congestion issues). Yet he knows that he is welcome to join his kitty friends next door in a comfy kitty igloo in the kitties’ house. It’s a perfect arrangement.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sister Road Trip - Part 2 (03/25/10)

Our sister road trip wondered through tourist and mining towns and ancient ruins. We had a marvelous time exploring the many sites (you can click on the photos to enlarge them).

The Casa Grande (Great House) Ruins are south and west of Phoenix. These ruins were built on the valley floor, the 'great house' is 4 stories high and 60 feet long! It was the center of a large walled compound and was occupied during 1100 to 1400. Its walls face the four cardinal points of the compass. A circular hole in the upper west wall aligns with the setting sun at the summer solstice. Other openings align with the sun and moon at specific times. In the lower photo you will notice a steel and concrete canopy that was erected in 1932 to protect the Casa Grande.

The Tonto National Monument Cliff dwellings are east of Phoenix. We actually hiked to one of the cliff dwellings and wondered through the ruins. The hike was amazing and so were the ruins. Click on the photos to enlarge (especially the one with the view from the ruins - you can see the parking lot - where we started our hike - at the bottom of the photo)

Tuzigoot - built on a ridge - and Montezuma Castle - cliff dwelling - are ruins near the Sedona area. Both were occupied between 1125 and 1400.

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