Monday, January 20, 2020

Sunrise, An Unexpected Surprise, and A Campfire

Sunday, January 19, 2020

We were out the door by a little after 7 o'clock this morning on our way to Parker. Mass is at 8, then a visit to Walmart and  the Safeway across the way to pick up some needed groceries was on the agenda.

There was a soft glow of color on the mountains to the
east as we made our way out of LaPosa South.

The "Big Tent" could be seen off to our left in the early
morning light as we made our way north on US-95.

There is a softness in the sky with a glow of pink
as we head north  towards our destination.

There is something quietly peaceful about this ride whenever

we make it in the early morning light.

We have made the left turn at the traffic light and off to
our right we can just see the glow of the sun below the
mountains as it makes its way up to join the day.

I love watching the light touch the top of the mountains

as we continue our trek towards Parker.

Looking back I managed to get a picture just as the sum
was starting to peek up over the mountains.

We were almost to Parker when the sun had made its appearance.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parker.

I had heard from Shirley the evening before and knew they would be here when we got back this morning. What a wonderful surprise that her and Ken made a last minute decision to join us all here for a few days.

Pulling back in we could see Shirley and Ken talking with
Kim and Ken. So glad you were able to make it down guys!

The day ended with a wonderful fire.
Middle right: Bill, Keith, JoAnne, Bob, and Tom
Bottom left: Shirley, Ken, Ken, Kim, and Patsy

Thank you, Bob for supplying the wood. It was a great way to end the day watching the flames dance in the night, in the warmth of the fire's glow, enjoying conversation with friends. 

Today in the United States we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday on January 15.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. 
(information from the internet)

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  1. Beautiful sunrise and start to the day. Even have friends pop in for a few days. Amazing that Ken and Shirley would drive so far to be with friends. Don't find many like those two.

    1. You are right, Shirley and Ken are two special people and it was a wonderful surprise to have them show up.

  2. Wonderful photos and a great surprise as well. A wonderful gathering and I'm sure you folks will enjoy it. Have fun!!

    1. Thank you, Deb. It was a great surprise and they added to the fun group we are with.

  3. You just have to see the desert mornings in person. The colors are so much more magnificent than pictures can show. Looks like the gang's all there!!

    1. I would agree there is not a picture that really shows the colors your eyes see. Desert mornings need to be seen in person to really be appreciated.

  4. Beautiful pictures Deb! We are so happy to be here with you all! On to a great day today :)

    1. Thank you, Shirley. We are so happy you were able to be here even for a few days. We enjoyed all the days.

  5. Very nice fireside photos, Deb. Thank you for capturing those. I was lazy and didn't pull my camera out of my pocket. Have fun today with your friends!

    1. Thank you, Patsy. It amazes me sometimes what the camera on my phone can get a decent picture in that light.