We had a good time with Barb here!We spent some time by the pool and hot tub,after which we cleaned up and drove to mission Xavier del Bac in the Santa Cruz Valley.This is a beautiful large church that was built from 1783-1797.It's just this beautiful large domed building just out in the middle of the desert.First of all,there were native Americans outside cooking Indian fry bread,so of course we had to try that.The dessert one with honey and cinnamon was very good!Then we toured the church.The architecture was pretty amazing,domed painted ceilings,candles...there was a mass that was beginning about the time we left,but we didn't stay for that.We watched a video of the history of the mission.There is also a school there too.The whole thing is on a reservation.Close to the mission was an arts and crafts area where we met the most interesting man.He crafted jewelry and told us how he had become an actor,acting in Little House on the Prairie,Three Amigos,a daytime soap,How the West was Won and many others as well as commercials.He pulled out a scrapbook that showed him with many familiar actors.He is a native American and has played Indian and Mexican roles.He even sang in some movies.And he sang a Navajo song for us.It was just interesting...There was a hill that you could walk up and could climb up rocks to the top (we didn't),but there was a flat area all around the hill where you could walk around and have a pretty view.And we saw a bride and groom all dressed up go up the hill and their photographer was along taking pictures,a beautiful place to do that.
The evening was spent eating out,then just hanging out at the hotel talking.It was good to "catch up"with Barb.We laughed and cried.And we also ate the yummy gelato that she brought along.Sooo good!!And then we packed...all good things have to come to an end.
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