Dave and Fiddler Leonard Cook practicing tunes and visiting. Leonard and Laura Cook are from Cottonwood, AZ.
Kimmy Calderone and Dave practicing her tunes for the championship division. She is from Casa Grande and just got back into fiddling competition.
Dave also played for Kevin DeRusha from the Safford Arizona area. Kevin got fourth place in the championship division.
The Payson Chamber of Commerce treated the fiddlers, back ups and their families to a pulled pork barbecue with entertainment by Cisco and the Race Cars from Chandler.
Yes, that's a cello in a bluegrass band!
Bright and early on Monday morning we headed for our winter destination, Surprise AZ. South and west on the Beeline Highway, down and down on steep grades but thankfully a four lane road. I watched the changing scenery as Dave watched the road.
From Ponderosa pines in Payson to Saguaro cactus in the valley. The aloe plants were blooming, sending impossibly tall broom like blossoms up into the sky. Spent agave blooms looking like funny trees and some yucca blossoms along with ocotillo and cholla and dinner plate cactus plus mesquite, rabbit brush, juniper and other kinds of vegetation. The valley has gotten more rain than usual so the desert is lush.
We are at the condo by ten and unloaded by ten thirty and had Luci the Airstream moved into her new quarters at the RV corral next to Sun Village by eleven.
Glad to be here, we are ready to stay put for a while.