|Mt. Lemmon shrouded in clouds|
|our huge KOA site 1670|
One of Pam's "friends" is just on the other side of the wall behind Beluga. It watches us quietly when we're outside for second cup and happy hour.
Today we went down to the little artist town of Tubac. I was on the look out for a few little things and we wanted to have lunch at Elvira's restaurant. I've heard lots of good things about it and we weren't disappointed.
The decor is hard to describe but fascinating and the food and service were excellent. Sort of New York City meets Mexico in a funky, table cloth, sort of way....
After a lovely lunch of shrimp (2 ways) and a knock out margarita we strolled the streets and wandered in and out of the shops. I wandered in and out, Dave stayed outside in the sun and enjoyed people watching.
On our way home we stopped to visit Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark and a fantastic example of Mexican Baroque architecture built in 1783. It is aptly nicknamed "the white dove of the desert".
The blindingly white building rises starkly in the middle of a flat dirt plaza on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation (formerly known as Papago). The church still actively fulfills it's original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of it's Native community.
I wasn't expecting to spend more than a few minutes looking around and taking a few pictures but I was blown away by the intricate details inside....paintings, wooden statues, arches, frescoes, tiles, wear worn benches and hundreds of candles. An extensive restoration effort is allowing us to see these magnificent carvings as they originally were. The outside is still in the process of being repaired and restored.
|the only unpainted statue is of a Native American woman|
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
|"Man in the Maze" is an emblem of the Tohono O'odham people|