|Superstition Mountains, AZ|
No, it's not Tortilla Flats, but Flat - me, I got it wrong about the first five times I tried to say it. While the town isn't much except for the ice cream, it's a tourist trap, the drive out there makes it all worthwhile.
Head west out of Mesa into the Superstition Mountains (a great name for a mountain range if I've ever heard one), and you're in for a visual treat. Fortunately for my enjoyment of the drive, I wasn't in the driver's seat for once, and could look about, back and to the side to my heart's content. It was a perfect day for the drive - sunny, upper sixties. Arizona weather has treated me well. The company was pleasant and the views stupendous.
I have been thoroughly spoiled by my friends and relatives on this trip. It's been long since I neither had to prepare the food for dinner, nor help with cleanup afterwards. What a treat it's been! Sleep in a bit, get up in time for a good walk, water aerobics or tai chi. Come back, shower, enjoy a leisurely lunch. Spend the afternoon taking in the local sights. Sit down for an early evening cocktail while dinner prepares itself in the kitchen. Enjoy a leisurely dinner, linger at the table while the dishes do themselves, and spend the evening in conversation, catching up on each others lives. Sleep, knowing I am welcome and loved.
I am SO glad I took advantage of the break in appointments and skipped town!