Tuesday morning we were on the road by 9 am. First stop fueling at Costco on the way out of town. Great price at $4.05/gal for diesel. Back on the road heading on the I-17 towards Phoenix. Lots of road construction going on as they seem to be widening both sides of the freeway. Fortunately it didn't affect the drive.
We arrived in Apache Junction too early to check in to Lost Dutchman so decided eat lunch at Goldfield's Mammoth Saloon. Great live music while we ate. Someone even had their horse "hitched" so they could have lunch. A beautiful warm day at 72F. Short time!!!
Of course Ray requested Willy's, On The Road Again. lol
After lunch we went to walk the stores, but realized quickly there were way too many people about. The busiest we've ever seen it. Apparently there are 2 school field trips here today and a bunch of families with Thanksgiving Week off for a holiday.
Back in the coach and to the park. It's now 1pm and we were able to go straight in to our site. All set up by 2 and outside enjoying the sunshine for a couple of hours. I always feel like I've "come home" when we come here, especially when we were full-timers in the RV.
Wednesday morning a beautiful day. Sure is a lot warmer here in the mornings at 55F (13C). Other than a short trip to Fry's to pick up our Thanksgiving Feast ... 2 cornish game hens, we hung around camp. At this Fry's there's a bar for the spouse while the other shops. lol
I made bread and pecan shortbread bars for tomorrows dinner. Another warm day, about 70F. We were able to sit outside for several hours enjoying looking at the Superstition Mountains.
Happy American Thanksgiving!
We woke to a beautiful sunrise. Good Morning! A lot more clouds today with a storm coming in north of us. We both went outside in our housecoats and slippers to watch the sky lighten. Gorgeous.
|Buns are so big that it took two weiners per bun. lol
|Just outside the entrance gate.
|My borrowed skirt. Fortunately not to hot out yet, dressed in 3 layers of clothes.
In the summer of 1995, Elder Ephraim (a former abbot of Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos with a history of restoring and repopulating previous monasteries) sent six monks of Athonite heritage to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona with aims to establish a new monastery in the name of Saint Anthony the Great, the father of monasticism. The fathers began by building the main church, monastic living quarters, the dining hall, and some guest facilities. They also began a vegetable garden, a small vineyard, citrus orchards, and an olive grove amidst the desert landscape. These areas are now interconnected by an elaborate system of gardens, pathways, and gazebos with Spanish fountains.
While the entire monastery is dedicated to Saint Anthony the Great, within its grounds are chapels dedicated to Seraphim of Sarov, Demetrius of Thessaloniki, John the Baptist, George the Martyr, Nicholas the Wonderworker, and Panteleimon the Healer. The main church is dedicated to Saint Anthony and Nectarios of Aegina.
In the summer of 2008, the building of a new chapel in the name of the Prophet Elias was completed on the hill east of the monastery. The chapel's first liturgy was celebrated on the feast day of the chapel's eponymous prophet. The chapel can be seen from up to five miles away.
LifestyleThe monks of St. Anthony's Monastery practice Hesychasm (a mystical tradition of contemplative prayer) and adhere to the cenobitic monasticism. This includes a daily schedule of prayer and work under obedience to their abbot, whom assumes the role of their spiritual father. Their routine begins at midnight with time for personal prayer and spiritual reading, followed by the cycle of morning prayers and the Divine Liturgy. Next is a light breakfast and a period of rest before they begin their work day, attend to their prayers, and complete various tasks until evening. Of these tasks include, but are not limited to: gardening, groundskeeping, construction, vine dressing, woodworking, publishing, icon writing, food preparation, and tending to the hospitality of any guests of the monastery. Their day finishes with evening vespers and dinner.
|Prophet Elias Chapel
|Tomb of the Saint