Regardless of your political affiliation, regardless of the outcome to your candidate, surely everyone is thankful that for a little while, anyway, political ads are at an end. We’ve been in a unique situation this year. When we left Kansas, the primaries were just finished and the ads had been going on for months. During our time in New Mexico, we were subjected to their politics and now we’re in Arizona, where we’ve been listening to their candidates. BUT remember, we are South Dakota residents and registered voters there! We studied the candidates, marked our absentee ballots and mailed them weeks ago, so it has seemed as though the election was over for us. Well now it finally is, although it sounds as though many races were close enough to require recounts. Eventually it will all be figured out and newly elected officials will take their positions. Let’s just hope they won’t be practicing politics as usual.
Blake and Pennie Hardy, the Silver Eagle couple we met a week or so ago, are home from Tucson, where Pennie had extensive back surgery so we went to visit her today. While we were there, Blake suggested that we need to visit Patagonia State Lake and since it’s only about 35 miles away, we decided to do that today.
The town itself has a mining, ranching and railroad history. Today it has quaint little shops displaying the work of artists in various media. Somewhere in the surrounding countryside is a winery but we didn’t see any sign of grapes growing. This building was the original cowboy bar in town.
We’re always amazed at the diversity of architecture of the homes we pass. We see lots of stucco, but some houses look very Spanish with flat roofs and carved doors while others have brightly colored standing seam metal roofs that make them stand out rather than blend into the countryside. Everyone, though, takes advantage of the views in all directions.
Tomorrow we are going to the first sales day of the new Wal-Mart Supercenter. The old store was the only one we’ve been to in years that didn’t have a grocery story. When that’s the most exciting thing going on, well, we must really be retired!