Category: Friends


Wild Horses – for Real!!!

It was another perfect day. Karen and I went out after breakfast, and it wasn’t long before we found … Wild Horses!

We parked and took a hike along the Salt River. No more horses, but we saw some feathered friends. (Click images for larger version)

In-N-Out – Another Culinary Win

Lunch today was a treat and is worthy of its own post. No tacos, but we went to In-N-Out Burger. This is a favorite, but they are only located out west.

That is one burger for me, one for Karen (not two for me!)
Another view of the burgers cause they are just that good…
And the classic spotlight image – Gimme that Burger!!!

We will be back with more adventures later. As you can see, we are being entertained, and wined & dined..

Wild Horses

On Tuesday morning (today) Karen and I went for a hike in the Tonto National Forest, looking for wild horses that hang out by the Salt River. We found evidence of horses, but no horses today. It was still fun. I only fell on my a$$ once. Karen managed to stay up on two feet the whole hike.

And a couple photos from yesterday’s afternoon tour to Lake Saguaro:

Living the Gourmet Life

After our wonderful visit with Beth and Todd, we found our way to Karen and Tom’s house in Mesa, AZ. They have visited us a couple of times in Maine, so we were looking forward to seeing them in Arizona.

A beautiful backyard:

Karen prepared a wonderful dinner for us – beef tenderloin, potatoes, and asparagus. It was delicious.

Lou may be supervising
The meat – seared and ready for the oven
Tom set the table

And it was a wonderful dinner – everyone joined the clean plate club !!!

Rice & Noodles

We tried a new-to-us restaurant last night. Donna, our next door neighbor, took us to a Thai Restaurant just outside of Belfast. Another neighbor, Pat, also joined us. It was a nice pre-holiday gathering.

The restaurant isn’t fancy, and is located in a fairly old wooden building. It is called “Rice & Noodles,” which does not adequately describe the authentic Thai cuisine. The menu is one of the most extensive I’ve seen. We each ordered an appetizer and a main course. The food was quite good, and we will return. Although we might stick to take-out in the winter time. It was 10 degrees outside last night. And not much warmer inside. The first clue is when your waitress greets you wearing a parka … inside the restaurant 😉

They have a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks:

For starters, we tried the Stuffed Thai Chicken Wing … this was really interesting and was almost like a little cordon bleu type chicken:

The Tempura Squid – a nicely breaded calamari:

Egg Rolls:

And tasty Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings

Lou chose the Tamarind Duck as his main. It came with slices of roasted duck – not shown in the photo, because it was hiding in the bottom of the plate. He said it was tasty, but he needed a little more than 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of heat 😳😱

Donna picked the Orange Chicken, which she liked.

Pat had the Stir Fry with Hot Basil and Pork. She picked 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And said she would go 5 next time:

I picked the Crispy Chicken Stir Fry with Hot Basil with a 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ spice level which was just right.

It was a successful evening, and we are very happy to find a good Thai restaurant!