January 31st, 2023

Sunrise view from our site

Well I figured it was about time to get back to writing, I have not hardly written anything since Mexico, and things are still happening for the Buchanan’s.

Our first walk through the Arboretum

So to ease back into the groove, I thought I would just write a brief summary of all our activities from our January at Boyce Thompson. I just have to touch on this January’s weather, which has been unusual by Arizona standards, from our years in the desert we have grown to love the sunny days with cool nights. The poor weather girl from the local NBC station has totally exhausted all of her descriptions for this unprecedented weather. It has been colder and wetter than any January going back more than two decades, in actual fact pretty much since the start of the Arizona drought over twenty years ago. So let’s just say that Januarys weather has been quite a chance from what we experienced in Mexico November and December.

Our view of Picket Post Mountain & some low clouds

Other than the weather what have we been up to?

Blooms on the Cardón Cactus

Well to be real honest not very damn much, we have walked the arboretum a number of times but not nearly as much as normal, we have both had colds and I’m not sure that we are not still having some after COVID symptoms, or it could be just a needed rest after just over three months of vacation. We have a different site at the arboretum this year, it is probably the nicest site available, we still have the view of the Picket Post Mountains, the amazing sunsets, and I’m sure the sun rise’s will be as spectacular as ever once the weather gets back to normal.

Queen Creek after the storms

The arboretum has undergone multiple changes over the summer, the admissions booth has changed a lot, with the addition of blinds to control the glare of the sun. The phone is in the booth now which is definitely not a good thing, but because the gift shop has undergone some major changes it had to move from the gift shop to admissions for now. We have had a few days of internet issues, but because of the cold wet weather, the crowds have been down as well.

Preparing for another dinner in the Clam

We have enjoyed being back with Tom & Kathleen, for some happy hours as well as a few meals in the shelter of the Clam™. I have been trained to work in the store, so I can fill in when needed. Lynnea seems truly glad to have us back, and we have been shifted onto the highest traffic days (the weekends), which is great because the days pass by quickly when we are busy. Tom and I just bartended our first concert of the year on last Sunday, and while a reasonably good crowd the music was not my taste, the majority of the people seemed to enjoy it, and the band was still playing as we shut down the bar.

Bartender view of the concert

I would be amiss without mentioning that the Arboretum which is now 99 years old and will be celebrating its centennial next year, which is an amazing feat, for a research facility that has turned into an amazing destination. The arboretum is a not for profit organization which receives no direct support from either the State or Federal governments, and totally survives on daily admissions, yearly memberships, and donations and fund raisers such as the concerts in the park.

View of a reverse sunset from our site

The cold weather has done much damage to many of the most tender vegetation in the park, the staff has covered as many plants as possible but when spread over 135 acres, it is just impossible to protect everything. But despite all of the cold night there are still many plants that are starting to bloom as the desert moves into springtime.

Our “Maple Wi-Fi” has not been working the best here in the Superior Arizona area, at least not nearly as well as the “Nomad Internet” system from last year. The difference is the cellular towers our Nomad service was T-Mobile and the Maple uses AT&T. And I think that Verizon has the strongest signal in the area, but we has been able to stream at most times of the day, with early evening being the worst times for streaming video.

Our patio area

With January coming to a close, the weather seems to be changing, and we are looking forward to happy hours, and adventures to come as the daylight hours start to increase and the Arizona sunshine starts to bring some real warmth. We are getting some use of our sun screen on our patio


That’s all folks!

The End

Be well, stay strong, and travel if you can!

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One thought on “January 31st, 2023

  1. Hello – nice to have you back writing your blog and sharing beautiful pictures of your surroundings. Especially liked the sunset picture.
    Take care of yourselves.


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