Well, mom and dad were nice enough to return to Phoenix for winter vacation here. A much closer trip for a weekend, and a welcome one to the warm sun for me! Portland has had rain for at least 32 of the last 33 days. Even wetter than usual, I'm told! Meanwhile Phoenix hasn't had rain in over 100 days.
We managed to fit a lot into the 2 short days including a trip to the Wildlife Park--where you can hand feed a giraffe!, a tour around an old pueblo, dinner, theater a ride on a steamboat on beautiful Canyon Lake and a trip to the world's most tourist-y ghost town.
Plus, in the lovely town of Tortilla Flat (population 6), we ate at a restaurant where the walls were covered with dollar bills left by visitors near and far.