November

I have been waiting for pics to be ready and this and that, but Christmas is coming so I have to get the November blogging out of the way.  I was thinking the other day that I haven’t really blogged about “real” things other than “we did this” “we did that” for awhile now.  But this will unfortunately be a “we did this” kind of post… I’ll work on substance next time.

The most exciting November thing was our vacation to Tucson early in the month for a long weekend.  We found an awesome Bed & Breakfast run by a cute Christian couple (the Jeremiah Inn for anyone headed to Tucson!).  As we often do, we packed a lot (probably too much) into our short stay.  But you never know if you’ll get to Tucson again so you don’t want to miss anything right?  I’ll give a quick run down:

Day 1: walking around downtown.  Disappointing.  I’ll blame it on being Veteran’s Day but didn’t really seem like it would normally be that bustling.  We did see the San Xavier Mission, which was a cool historic mission on the Indian Reservation.

Day 2: Biosphere 2.  I have been dreaming of this since 3rd grade.  Maybe not continuously… but when we started thinking about going to Tucson and I learned that’s where Biosphere was, it became the top of my list.  I don’t know that I could say Jeff caught my dream, but he at least thought it was cool.  We got to tour all of the biomes and see the underneath with all the engineering as well.  The coolest part were the “lungs” that account for the air expansion that takes place in the hot desert.  You just have to see them 🙂

After Biosphere we went to one of the two Saguaro National Parks (the other thing I was uber looking forward to since 3rd grade– apparently I was destined for this vacation sooner or later!)

Day 3: Our big trip.  We drove out to Chiricahua National Monument about 2 hours east of Tucson for some amazing rock formations and mountains to climb.  We were a bit over ambitious and ended up doing a 7 1/2 mile hike in the mountains- below is the pic of our reward.  We made it back by sundown, just barely.  It was one of the coolest places we have ever been!

Day 4: Tried to make it a light day to recover but still ended up walking all over the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  It was really more like a zoo and it was decent.  Saw some animals and some gems and minerals and I guess a few other things.  And found a few other Colts fans in the desert!  After the museum, we saw sunset in the other Saguaro Park.

 

Day 5: Finally a little more recovered, we put our hiking shoes back on and headed to Sabino Canyon before our flight left.  We loved this day as well and can say we really loved Tucson.  Yet another place I could see myself ending up!

End of November brought Thanksgiving.  I had to work on Thanksgiving day but we headed up to Kokomo that Saturday for what has become our traditional Kelly-Miller Christmas with my and Jeff’s parents.  It was a great meal to kick off the holiday eating!

 

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