Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dias de los Muertos

Kevin and Jack hard at work once again!
Fresh Mexican pineapples.
A mural on the wall in the old "mission" in Patagonia.
Door in the courtyard of the "mission".
Choya: definition: stay away!

No: it was not the day of the dead cyclists! But Patagonia, unbeknownst to me, has a "museum" that is recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as the one of the largest displays honoring Dias de los Muertos. This is a three day celebration Mexican holiday honoring the dead. Skulls and skeletons are prominent in Patagonia!

It was a beautiful day for a bike ride: quite a little climb up to lunch! Gradual but long. Everyone did great. The weather was amazing and very little wind. What a great tribe we have this week!

Everyone was up early and into town to see the sights. The old mission in town was open this year. It was built in the early 1900's as a private home and then converted into a bar for years and then a night club until a couple of years ago. The artwork on the walls was all commissioned to local artists and is quite interesting. The architecture is fabulous. When you're in Patagonia this is a must see. (It is for sale if you're interested!)

Dinner tonight was: spinach salad with honey mustard dressing, pasta salad, Greek lemon chicken, curried rice and lentil beans, fresh asparagus, fresh mexican pineapple, pickles green cherry tomatoes, and brownies for dessert. The tribe did a good job of cleaning up and headed across the street to the local bar for a beer. The bar was built in the 30's and was quite the cowboy bar for many a year.

Tomorrow is a winding, rolling ride through the wine country to the historic town of Tombstone. (Yes! Arizona has a wine country!!) We'll keep you posted.

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