We seem to have brought the heat, plus some extra, with us when we landed on Wednesday, but it should be breaking after today, in fact below normal temperatures are expected during the week – possibly even below 100°F. Which may not sound that cool – but trust me – it definitely is. The day after we got here it hit 115°F. Of course it’s a dry heat, so that’s almost like not hot at all.

Our very patient local real estate agent is sick, so looking at her listings will likely be later in the week. We wandered up to one of the active adult communities that a friend recommended (and that our real estate agent doesn’t really cover), and, in 113°F heat did quite a bit of wandering around. We met another friendly realtor there, as well, at an open house we’d wandered into, and we’re heading back up on Tuesday to look at houses that we aren’t buying because we need to sell our house first – and it isn’t on the market yet. But – honestly, we were so impressed with what this community had to offer that my husband is no longer insistent on a private pool – or wary of active adult communities in general. I think that once we are ready to buy, this place will be high on the list.

Tomorrow we plan to take a day trip to Sunset Crater National Monument, and to drive along the scenic route that reaches a couple of other national parks/monuments, and (hopefully) get some views of the Painted Desert – without having to make the much further drive to its own national park. And I should be able to get some decent pictures (always a plus).

For now, it’s dinner with friends (we’re cooking), and hopefully time for an evening swim later on (I could easily get used to this lifestyle if I only had the money).

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Photo taken during our wander through the old folks development…