Rose’s Visit in October of 2013

Arizona

Casa Grande

October of 2013

I flew home for a fast visit with my family and to see my rheumatologist.  I enjoyed having my grandson Abel all to myself for a whole day.

Abel and Grandma K.C.

Abel and Grandma K.C.

When it was time to fly home, my good friend Rose joined me in the flight and came to visit for a couple of weeks.  We enjoyed our flight which had a stop in Salt Lake City.  We flew directly over the Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake

We had the Casita Travel Trailer set up on the site next to ours, so Rose had her own little home during her visit.  While she was here, we made a trip up to Mesa for pizza at the Organ Stop.  The Organ Stop is the home of the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.
The Wurlitzer organ that is now at Organ Stop was built for the Denver Theater and was installed there in 1927.  It was used regularly until the early 1930’s.  A fire in the auditorium caused extensive damage to the organ’s relay.

In the theater in Denver, the organ had 15 ranks, or sets of pipes. After its purchase in 1975, the instrument was totally rebuilt for use in the pizza parlor. The decision was made to enlarge the organ to 23 ranks for the opening of the new Mesa Organ Stop.

In 1984, the owner decided to retire.  He sold the Organ Stop to his manager and a longtime employee.  The new owners made improving the pipe organ a high priority.  Over time as more organs came on the market, the owners purchased rare pipework and percussions resulting in what is now the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world. 

In 1995, a new and larger building was constructed specifically to accommodate the expanding scope and size of the Organ Stop Wurlitzer.  The ongoing goal is to continue efforts to make additions and improvements to the organ, endeavoring to fine tune the instrument closer and closer to perfection.

 

The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at Organ Stop Pizza

The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at Organ Stop Pizza

On another day during Rose’s visit, we made the trip out to the Casa Grande National Monument.

Casa Grande Ruins

Casa Grande Ruins

Since I have posted information on the Casa Grande Ruins several times, I’ll just remind our readers that the ruins were built by the ancient Hohokum People sometime around 1100 to 1200 A.D.  Casa Grande translates to “Big House.”

Rose and Bob at Casa Grande National Monument

Rose and Bob at Casa Grande National Monument

Rose at Casa Grande National Monument

Rose at Casa Grande National Monument

Another day, we took a drive up to North Mountain Park.

Admiring the cactus

Admiring the cactus

There are dozens of geocaches hidden in this park.  At one place, we stopped to show Rose a picturesque tree where, on several occasions, I have searched in vain to find a geocache.

The geocache tree

The geocache tree

Rose walked up to the tree and immediately found the cache.   For some reason she wasn’t amused when I said, “Watch out for scorpions!”

Easily found by Rose

North Mountain Park has lovely desert scenery. 

A lovely view

North Mountain Park

North Mountain Park

Rose, that’s not the kind of barrel that you want to sit on.

Rose at North Mountain Park

We also enjoyed dinner out at Tom’s BBQ.

Loading the scooter

Tom's BBQ

Tom’s BBQ

During Rose’s visit, Bob had to spend a couple of days in the hospital having pacemaker surgery.  Rose was kind enough to take care of Patty for us while we were away from the motorhome. Too soon, it was time for Rose to leave. 

Goodbye Rose.  See you next year!

Goodbye Rose. See you next year!

 We thoroughly enjoyed her visit and look forward to seeing her again next year.

 

 

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