Our hike takes from 50-90 minutes depending on the route we take. I have learned to dress in shorts and t-shirt. Its only about 55F at that time and we have to walk fast to stay warm but in short order the sun warms us up so that by the end of our journey we are breaking into a light sweat. All very envigorating. On one of the routes we go right by a mall close to the end of the hike. A stop for a Starbucks Latte is a nice treat at the end of our journey.
Found out today that some kids had cut their way through the perimeter fence and stole about 11 bikes and some other items. The Park is encircled by a chain-link fence with razor wire on the top but where there is a will there is a way as they say. The surrounding area looks to be pretty much a middle class neighbourhood but the dry wash that runs along the back allows them to cut the fence and sneak in undetected. I locked up our bikes with our Bike Cable but they have been cutting through those. I noticed that the neighbour had a heavy chain he was using to lock his bikes up. Hopefully we both still have our bikes in the morning.
We decided to stay away from stores on Black Friday despite the deals. Below, on the right, the Arizona Daily Star on a normal day. Half of it is flyers and the rest news and sports.On the left is the Wednesday edition before Thanksgiving. Same amount of news and sports but the Black Friday flyers make it about 3 inches thick which is about 4 times the thickness of the normal paper. Many of the stores were opening at 5:00 on Thanksgiving Thursday, now known as Grey Thursday. Some people were camping out in tents on Wednesday night to be first in line for the super deals. Savings of 50-80% were common. We saved 100% by staying in the Park.
Lots of sitting around the campsite the last few days. Lori got caught up in some reading. At least until Charli said enough of this I want some attention.
It was interesting how as soon as Thanksgiving was done all the residents down here had their Christmas decorations up. It looks very festive walking through the Park Models after dark.
A visit to Biosphere 2 is up next.