Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays. As a child I loved going door to door with my friends and collecting treats. Those were the days when neighbors made homemade popcorn balls and all the apples you collected were passed on to mom for baking.
Flash ahead a couple of decades to when I had kids. Safety concerns dictated that an adult accompany them and that all candy was carefully inspected by a parent before consuming.
Costumes have become more outlandish these days, focusing more on the dark side. Gone are the clowns and cowboys.
I used to love decorating the windows of the house and hanging spooky mobiles my kids had made.
Decorating cookies and making a “spooktacular” cake was also a favorite pastime.
But I am in Mexico now where the northern influence has not yet made Halloween the popular event it is in Canada or the USA. Instead Day of the Dead is the big event here.
I ate at Cafe Angel yesterday and the traditional marigolds adorned the entrance.
Katrinas were visible in some storefronts.
And I found this display in a mall near my house.
If you are celebrating, have a safe and happy Halloween.
Last week was a week of goodbyes and last times for 6 months. This was intended to be my last post from Leavenworth but has turned out to be my first post from Aguascalientes.
Saturday night was the last music night at the senior center. I will miss my group of friends there and the music we enjoyed throughout the season.
I went to church on Sunday and had one last brunch at the golf course with friends.
Monday night was my last life group for a while. This is the fourth year I’ve been in the group and will really miss our weekly times spent together.
Tuesday was farewell day to Wenatchee. Karen and I spent the day there and on our way back we hit the drive-thru at Wendy’s for one last frosty. We also had one last apple fritter from the bakery in Cashmere that day.
Wednesday was my last lunch at the senior center and my last bridge game with Hilda, Karen and Betsy.
Thursday Linda and I had one last lunch in Cashmere at Agave Azul. And I said goodbye to my tree, which has lost so many leaves.
On Friday I finished packing and went for one last walk with Joyce and Coco. I will miss our evening walks when I am back in Mexico.
On Saturday Ann took me to Peshastin to get the shuttle to Sea-Tac. Then a flight to LAX and then a flight to Guadalajara. The last leg was a bus ride to Aguascalientes.
It’s now Monday afternoon here in Aguascalientes, temperature in low 80s, bright and sunny.
I had breakfast at my favorite gordita stand. The lady who runs it welcomed me back. A 96 year old neighbor was there and we enjoyed a lively conversation. Apparently I haven’t forgotten my Spanish.
Tomorrow I look forward to spending the day with my friend Iracema and her one year old son.
Time for a siesta now.
Two weeks from today I’ll be on the Wenatchee Valley Shuttle headed for Sea-Tac. It feels like only yesterday it was the reverse. The past few months have passed by in a blur. The older I get the faster the time flies by.
Just the other day I told one of my friends that I don’t want to leave yet because there is still so much I want to do here. But the Reindeer Farm and an Amtrak trip will have to wait until next summer.
October is one of my favorite months here. The leaves on the trees are a glorious sight as they change color. The Autumn Leaf Festival and Apple Days are most enjoyable. Three weekends of Octoberfest are a bit much for my liking but are good for the tourism industry.
I’d like to share some of the beautiful fall colors here in Leavenworth.
And here is my favorite tree in Cashmere.
Yesterday dawned cloudy and cold in Chelan. But at least the snow had stayed up in the mountains. Very different weather from last year at this time.
We arrived at the dock just before 8 am to board the Lady Of The Lake Express. Coffee was most welcome once we left the pier.
The view along the way was spectacular. The snow-capped mountains drifted in and out of the clouds. Or maybe it was the clouds drifting in and out of the mountains.
We made a brief stop at Field’s Point and then headed for Stehekin. Along the way our captain was an awesome tourist guide, pointing out various areas and their histories.
Upon our arrival in Stehekin, we hopped on the red bus for a tour. We stopped at Rainbow Falls and at the Pastry Shop. Other interesting sights were Carl’s organic garden, the original old schoolhouse, the new schoolhouse, the community hall/church as well as a beautiful log house.
We wandered up to the visitor center and watched a slide show. We sauntered through some displays and wound up in the art gallery where this captured my eye.
We ate lunch on the deck overlooking the water and then checked out the gift shop.
All too soon it was time to board the Lady of the Lake and head back to Chelan.
I hope to return someday and stay overnight. One day really isn’t enough time to explore this area, which also is renowned for its hiking trails.