On Saturday night, we went downtown to a 'Baja Arizona Freedom-fest.' Well, we didn't really go to it; we planned on it and then took too long getting ready. I had a hard time deciding what to wear! ;-) There are some in Tucson who want Pima County to secede from the state and become 'Baja Arizona,' the fifty-first state. As a new resident, I'm not really keen on all the political happenings and don't really support the petition. BUT, they had live music and my uncle's son was playing in a band and they were going, so we thought, 'why not?' After all, the fourth of July is all about asserting your independence.
Like I said, we didn't end up patronizing Baja Arizona's fest. (We did see the last two songs of Silverbell's set, though, and they are a GREAT band! Definitely worth seeing again!) After that, we enjoyed dinner at 'Club Congress' the restaurant located in Hotel Congress with my aunt, uncle and cousin. The food and drinks were excellent! The conversation was good, too! :)
On Sunday, we headed over to my aunt and uncle's house for a late lunch with them and my great-aunt and uncle. It is a blessing to have some family here! My aunt made a delectable Sunday dinner; we enjoyed great conversation, and ended the day reading the paper and lounging. It was a great Sunday.
On Monday, we unpacked some more - and prepared for our evening festivities. We headed over to our new friends' place for a little cook-out. Nathan and Robin live beyond the Tucson Mountains, out in the 'wild' country. To get to their place, we drove on dirt roads - literally. Think Level B roads in Iowa, but without the deep ruts from mud...just really sandy. They treated us to some steak, corn on the cob and blackberry cobbler! It was quite the treat! After dinner, we packed up and headed into town for the Tucson Padres game. Ryan navigated the traffic well and got us right into the game!
The evening ended with quite the fireworks show. Fireworks have been banned in Pima County this year due to the risk of starting wildfires. Three locations were still allowed to have a show, though. The stadium played a whole background of 'USA'-themed songs - though not the Start Spangled Banner. Personally, I thought that the finale should have gone off at the end of 'God Bless The USA' - but instead we ended with 'Born in the USA.'
|This is the view from our seats. We were in the 4th row! I haven't sat so close in years!|
|The sunset was just beautiful. We are currently in the monsoon season and a storm had blown in around 4:30; that night it sprinkled on us in the 9th inning (later in the evening another storm came in).|
|Huddle, huddle - looks like trouble!|
|Happy Fourth of July!|