Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Krolly Christmas in Tuscon

Watching Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (click to enlarge)

Liz and I were able to sneak out of town for the Christmas weekend and headed to Tucson to hang out with our good friend Eric Kroll. Because of holiday traffic, it took us nearly 10 hours to drive there from Los Angeles. Once we turned into Eric's neighborhood, we were greeted by a wild bobcat in the middle of the road. That made the whole day's journey worthwhile to Liz since she's such an animal freak. We spent the evening recovering from the long day's journey getting Japanese food and watching movies.

Sabino National Park (click to enlarge)

We spent Christmas day hiking in Sabino Canyon where my leg got attacked by a Teddy Bear Cholla cactus. Other than that unpleasant experience, the air was warm, crisp, and clean, and the Saguaros were erect and stately. After sundown, we found a great Indian restaurant which was difficult since most places were closed late on Christmas day.

Interior of San Xavier Mission

San Xavier Mission Cemetery (click to enlarge)

On Saturday we went gallery hopping. First, we saw some great photography at the Etherton Gallery and ended up at the Ansel Adams retrospective at the Tucson Museum of Art. Then off to the San Xavier Mission where I photographed its colorful, celebratory cemetery at sundown.

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