AJ, AZ – Yesterday was beautiful – only 72 but the temps are headed up and up and up and the weatherperson says 107 on Sunday. I’m really not ready for that but here it comes.
Can you tell that Jim’s week of restrictions is over with? At least til next week.
Of course, nothing goes quite as planned so he had to go back up and adjust one of the covers so the fan would close completely.
Being up on the roof doesn’t bother Jim but I get really nervous when he’s up there.
According to Jim the roof was really really dirty so early the next morning (because the heat is coming) he hauled the hose up and washed it down along with the rest of the rig.
Not a cloud in the sky.
Hopefully we can now put the ladder away and stay off the roof.
We took a break from all the work and went to the Rockin’ R Ranch in Mesa. It’s a western town set with a chuckwagon dinner and show.
The entrance to the ranch.
The Ponderosa Saloon
Jim bellying up to the bar for an Italian Soda.
It is the end of the season for them so most of the buildings were closed and the performers were down to just a few. In fact, there were only 14 of us attending the dinner and show.
During the height of the season they can probably feed 500 people in a very short period of time. The food was good. We had a combo ticket which meant we got both chicken and beef along with a huge baked potato, applesauce, cowboy beans, biscuit, and a crumb cake dessert. And since there were so few of us it was all you could eat. Several people went back for seconds.
After eating they put on a show with a lot of country music and some corny comedy. The two female singers are mother and daughter and own the Ranch. The fiddle player performs with the Phoenix Symphony and was really really good.
One of the most touching moments happened when the mother brought her youngest daughter up on stage to perform. She has Down Syndrome but man could she twirl that rope. Jim got a video that he posted on facebook but I don’t have a picture of her. She was also the Homecoming Queen for her high school. Just a really sweet and friendly young lady.
There was a gun fight in the streets after the show but we didn’t stick around for that. There are a few animals – a couple of pigs, a bunch of birds, a pony, and some goats.
It was an enjoyable evening but I was happy we had a groupon which meant we only paid half price. If we didn’t have the groupon, the cost would have been $80. We felt it was worth the $20 per person we spent. The place looks quite rundown and could really use some TLC.