Earlier this month, Len and I took a trip down to Tucson to visit friends and see the spring wildflowers. We were not disappointed -- it is always good to get together with friends, and the spring bloom was spectacular. We drove the back route through Roosevelt to Globe then Highway 77 through Oracle Junction. Every bend in the road (and there are many) was a surprise, from the calm and shining waters of Roosevelt Lake, the stunning geology, Arizona's perfect blue skies and hills and mountainsides golden with poppies blossoming amongst the saguaro and other cacti. Purple lupine lined the roadside along with other flowers I could not identify.
And one scene I'll never forget -- a man astride a horse, long hair beneath a Western hat, on a bluff above the highway, looking for all the world like a Western painting -- except for the cell phone at his ear!
How could anyone not like a state like this?
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
On Wednesday, March 26, Bob and Helen Hughes will present a musical program at 11 a.m. in the dining room. There is no charge for admission and the program is open to the public.
The "Lunch Bunch" of Penny Mayer, Evelyn Wright and Jerry Knights, are Volunteers of the Month at the Senior Center. They wrap silverware and help get the dining room ready for lunch each weekday.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Tai Chi is offered at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.
Donations are now being accepted for Senior Circle's Brown-Bag-A-Thon to be held in April. All sizes of women's clothing, shoes and accessories in good condition may be dropped off at the Circle through the month of March. Brown grocery bags also may be donated for use at the sale. Participants at the sale may fill up a bag "to the brim" for a small (or large) donation which will benefit a worthy cause.
Gerri Bacon is Volunteer of the Month at Senior Circle. Gerri has been a volunteer for five years, keeping the filing system of more than 1,450 members in order.
Mark your calendars for June 5 through 8 when the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial will be at Green Valley Park. National Guard motorcyclists will escort the exhibit from the New Mexico border to Payson and down Main Street to Green Valley Park. We visited the wall last time it was in Payson a few years ago, and it was a powerful and very moving experience, one that everyone in Rim Country should experience.