Monday, March 10, 2008

The Start of Spring Break . . .

We just returned from a very good two day trip. On Sunday morning we traveled to Tucson to attend a Diamondbacks spring training game. We have never been to Tucson Electric Park before and it was well worth the trip. We had seats a couple feet past the first base line and even though we were sitting on row 11 you were so close to the field. That what makes spring training games so good because you get to sit so close to the players.

The park was beautiful - so clean and green with lots of good food choices even though I only had a cold drink. The weather was in the high 60's and breezy at times. Stealth bombers kept flying over and landing at the nearby Davis Monthan Air Force Base. That was noisy but a cool site.
After the game we checked in at the hotel and than went a few blocks away for dinner at the El Charro. Yes, Tucson has an El Charro too but not related to the spot in Mesa. The name represents itself well because the food was delicious. We actually paid $50.00 extra for a room at the Radisson to try out a "sleep number bed." Alvin has been intrigued by the idea for some time so why not try it out if given the chance. So, you lay on your side of the bed and start punching this remote arrow up for a harder bed. It actually goes up to the number 80 and as you push the button you hear this motor running and the bed gets harder and harder. It wasn't comfortable that hard; it felt like to me my back was being pushed up toward the ceiling! So I figured I would try the other end of the number. I pushed the arrow as far down as it would go which was number 30 and you than felt like you were sleeping in a hammock. So, how does one find the perfect number to have a comfortable sound sleep. Actually, we both choise the number 55. About 4 AM I woke up with the worst back ache. You know Alvin is a "remote hogger" so of course I could not find the remote to change the setting. Needless to say, I had the worst back ache today.
So, my first impression with a sleep number bed is not good but you probably need many nights to figure out your right setting.

We took a long way home today and that is what we usually do when we go anywhere anymore. We went to Mount Lemon and that was a very pretty drive until you get where the fire destroyed the trees and homes on top. It looked like it was such a pretty town before the fire. There was snow still on the ground and in the 40's. On the way back down the hill we stopped at a observation point that had these huge flat rocks and boulders that looked so inviting that we took a little hike like some others were doing. That was fun! Alvin wanted to go to Orcale a town about 30 miles outside of Tucson to just see what was there. We liked the elevation and the terrain but don't worry we aren't moving! We drove straight through Florence to Florence Junction and than headed to the Mesa El Charro. A great place to end a fun two day excape.

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