This year the trimming for our South of the Border weekend included all kinds of great decorations. There were flags and chili pepper lights, banners and pinatas, maracas and prancing bulls.
The food ran the gambit of Mexican cuisine. Lots of chips and salsas, some amazing enchiladas and casseroles of rice, and cheese and "mystery" ingredients.
The poolside snacks, the Artichoke Frittata, the churros, beans dips and salads and and and.....
The weather was pretty perfect. The first year we were at the Ranch we saw temperatures over 110! This year it was warm in the sun and warm in the pool. It was great to come back after my walk to the road (to and from - 8 miles) and jump into the pool. With all that eating and drinking, the one compensating factor is the walking/hiking we do.
Looking carefully where we walked.
It all started with the bees.... We went Right... we should have gone left.
Now I am back home. The car has been unpacked. The clothes washed, my pictures loaded on the blog... and another year in the books for DDD Phi Rho.
I am left with gratitude and about 5 more pounds to lose... but a smile on my face. It won't have to be a whole year until I see some of these folks. Gretchen said she and her husband will be coming to Wine Wars! I'll see Jill again if not for a walk... for reunion planning. MB wants to do some training walks with me, and of course Patti and I will be walking and training all the way up and through the 3 day. How blessed am I?
I have friends who have known me through all kinds of times. From the days of shower raids and pledging, to the trials of cancer and treatment, from the moments of giddy joy on the sleeping porch, to the hours of floating on the Carmel River. We have seen it all together. What else will be in store for the girls fo DDD...
I guess we will just have to walk around that bend in the road.