Sunday, November 1, 2009

What's Up in Mesa

On Halloween night Terry and I participated in a 'Ghosts of Phoenix' tour of the Hotel San Carlos. This historic site has seen its share of celebrities, and is reportedly home to a number of ghosts.

We toured a few of the paranormal 'hot spots' within the hotel, but - alas - did not witness any ghostly apparitions, disembodied voices or the like.

Before our tour we enjoyed a pint of 'spirits' at Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub, which is right next door to the Hotel San Carlos, and also reported haunted by three ghosts. After the tour, we stopped back in for a late supper.

Again - no sightings.

Dang. Good beer though.

Terry does not share my interest in the paranormal, so his enthusiasm for this outing was not quite as keen as mine. And the fact that there was both a Flames hockey game and a Stampeder's football game happening that night made it extremely disheartening for him to leave our camp in search of ghosts.

I may as well have just punched him in the head and gotten the pain over with immediately. Here's a photo of him looking scared while on the tour.

To top it off, we ended the evening by taking in the movie 'Paranormal Activity' . I had heard that it was one of the most frightening movies to come out in a long time. Suffice it to say, it did not live up to the hype. There were a few moments - but not enough.

This further added to Terry's 'enjoyable' evening. We hurried home so Terry could watch the dvr'd Stamp's game (thank GOD they won).

Today we hopped on the motorcyle and headed east on the I-60 through the historical towns of Superior, Miami and Globe. We stopped at the Apache Sun Casino to drop a few dollars into the slots, and had a quick bite to eat before we headed back in the late afternoon sun.

The trip was absolutely gorgeous. We drove into the scenic Tonto National Forest, past the Superstition and San Tan mountains.

Definitely a trip worth doing again.

What else have we been up to? Much time has been spent on house hunting. We're meeting our realtor tomorrow to discuss an offer on a house in Queen Creek. We'll see how far that goes.

We've golfed the course here in our RV park, and also enjoyed at round at the Johnson Ranch golf course in Queen Creek - beautiful.

We had a brief 3-day cold spell last week, and, unlike the locals, did not enjoy it one little bit. We actually had to turn the heat on the motor home at night. We particularly enjoyed the hot tub and sauna those cool evenings.

Thankfully, the weather has returned to the low 30's (Celsius), which suits us just fine. It may come as a bit of a shock, but I have not yet darkened the door of any of the outlet malls. My day will come.

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