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.
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.
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.
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?