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