Amado, AZ High 80 Low 51
Received some interesting comments yesterday on mining and reclamation. You may want to go back and check those out.
Wednesday night we had a chili dinner with everybody bringing a side dish. It was Norm’s 70th birthday so we had birthday cake for dessert. Thursday morning breakfast was pancakes and sausage with orange juice.
We had a presentation given by SkyMed and then Jim helped Jan and Bill with a couple of other things. Spent a quiet afternoon and went over for the final Happy Hour. They gave away a bunch of prizes and raised $720 for CARE.
Dinner was either steak or chicken and we had ordered steak. Should have known better but the girls are really happy with their special treats. Had a wonderful time visiting with everyone.
Friday morning was fruit and pastries before we said good-bye and were on the road by 9:00. Got back to AJ and set up by 1:00.
And now for my bucket list item. I finally saw a crested saguaro cactus. It is at the entrance to the mine.
I got the following info from the Saguaro National Park website. Even when saguaro cacti grow in their normal form, they rarely grow symmetrically. Saguaros sometimes grow in odd or misshapen forms. The growing tip occasionally produces a fan-like form which is referred to as crested or cristate. These crested saguaros are somewhat rare and biologists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike or freeze damage. At this point we simply do not know what causes this rare, crested form.
We also did a quick Roadside America drive-by. The Longhorn Grill is closed but it definitely has an interesting doorway.