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Change of Scenery

Luna Lake, Alpine, Arizona

Luna Lake, Alpine, Arizona

This non-sewing post is just a little commercial for the weekend getaway and the importance of a scenery change. I’m sharing with you a few shots of a quiet, peaceful little town in Alpine, Arizona, and according to the 2011 census, the population is 466! It isn’t really because this little town has rolling meadows, a nice lake, RV parks and campgrounds, pine forests to attract summer visitors and seasonal home owners to make the town’s population swell to a much greater number throughout the seasons.

Located in Bush Valley in the eastern central part of Arizona, it hugs the state line near New Mexico.  In fact, one way to get there from Tucson involves driving through New Mexico briefly, and then coming back over the state line back into Arizona before reaching Alpine.

Alpine, lower right corner

Alpine, lower right corner

You can see that Alpine is in the lower right corner of the map, and the other surrounding mountainous areas frequented by ‘Phoneticians’ ‘and ‘Tucsonians’ for that needed respite. The beauty of Arizona is far reaching; Saguaro cactus is only one of the unique attractions to this state. We have pine forests, canyons, volcanoes, rivers, desert, lakes and much more.  Our temperatures range from hot to snow and everything in between.  To read more about some of the other attractions in central Arizona, here is one travel site to give you some ideas: click here.

The Dock, Luna Lake, AZ

The Dock, Luna Lake, AZ

Here is a picture of the small dock used for 10 mph mechanized motors only.  I think a really fit person could row a canoe that fast!  But, hey, that’s why it’s peaceful.
Our generous friends were nice enough to let us borrow the cabin for the weekend, knowing I had a birthday recently and might want to escape the hot Tucson weather. The drive is about 5-6 hours from Tucson, depending on which roads taken, time of day, and stops along the way.

Cabin Getaway, Alpine, AZ

Cabin Getaway, Alpine, AZ

Here is the quaint cabin where we relaxed, took hikes, rested and ate lunch out on that deck up there.   It certainly causes the pace to slow down and smell that great pine air.   The weekend went by quickly, but it was wonderful.  What is it about the change of scenery that refreshes and rejuvenates?   The answer may be different for everyone, but for me this time, it was a time of reflection and planning for future possibilities.  Aaaand, I didn’t even bring any sewing with me!  That’s weird.  I did bring some jewelry projects to do in the car, though…more of that to come in later posts.

We are very grateful to our friends (Thanks, Jill and DeWayne!)

What do you do (or go) for relaxation and rejuvenation?  How do you slow your everyday pace down?

4 Comments

  1. Rose Schneider

    Wow, Dana, I didn’t even know Alpine existed. Thanks for sharing the info. It looks like a great place to relax.

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    • Dana

      Rose,
      It amazes me how different Arizona looks in different parts of the state. It isn’t just brown dirt!! I need to remember this when the mercury rises. No humidity, clear skies and crisp air is not too far away!

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  2. Dianne Lasky

    It IS a great place! We have a cabin in nearby Nutrioso & love the area so much. I’m in Sew Fun with Jill R., an amazing person. I do like your blog…have learned SO much & will continue perusing it. Great ideas…thanks! ( I have no website, sorry)

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    • Dana

      Hi Dianne Lasky- Thank you for stopping by the blog and I’m glad you found it educational. Jill and I have been friends for a long time. She and DeWayne are terrific people. I have a goal to post more content more often this coming year. Feel free to check back or sign up for email notifications when I post new content. Happy New Year!

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