Category Archives: Friends

Catching up with Chris plus a little birding

Actually, he caught up with me.

Chris & Gaelyn Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Sunday I saw a post on Facebook about Chris (from Las Aventuras) and Michael birding at the lakes in Prescott.  I quickly commented that they were only about 30 miles north of where I live.  They were spending the night there so we tentatively planned to meet Monday after a bit more birding.  Lucky Chris also discovered another as yet unmet friend and birder lived a mile away from the lakes.  So they birded in the morning and got to see the elusive Tundra Swans.

Moon above boulders Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Then in the afternoon they made it to Yarnell and after hugging like the old blogger friends we are, although we’d never met in real time, I took them for a little walk into the Weaver Mountains.

Western Bluebird Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Western Bluebird

Chris attempted to bird while I babbled away as usual. And I’m sure he got more photos, and better, than I did.  But we had a great time.

Two mule deer Yarnell AZ

We also saw these two mule deer plus four more

In way too short a time they had to take off for the rest of their journey home to Tucson.  Next it’s my turn to get south where I’m sure Chris can take me birding.  And I’ll try to shut up.

When friends gather

01 766 Flowers & stuff at Berta's Yarnell AZ (1024x768)

Sometimes the best family to spend holidays with is your chosen family of friends.

02 770 Berta & Jim Christmas Yarnell AZ (1023x1024)

Berta and Jim

Berta, a restaurant owner and cook in a past life, put together one of those best of Sundays family meal of pot roast with carrots, potatoes, onions, and garlic with side dishes and a fruit torte for desert.

03 787 Donna Christmas at Berta's Yarnell AZ (838x1024)


When I walked into her house the aroma instantly caused me to drool.  No photos it was too yummy to stop for the camera.

04 792 Berta & Jim with pink flamingos Christmas Yarnell AZ (1024x1013)

Donna brought a re-gift for Berta and we couldn’t stop laughing while Jim tried to help put the wire legs on these flamingos.

05 761 Berta's cat Sara Yarnell AZ (1024x724)

Just the four of us, plus Sara, sharing a meal and loving friendship.  For me, that’s what Christmas is all about.  Sharing and love.

06 793 Flamingo center piece for Christmas at Berta's Yarnell AZ (1024x768)

And laughter.