During our winters in Arizona we have been blessed to make a number of friends from Canada. Most have been folks from British Columbia and Alberta but we did meet Rob and Kris from Ontario in Tucson a couple years ago. We were glad to re-connect with Rob and Kris here in Mesa. I just wish I’d remembered to take a picture!
This is where we’ve lived for the last few weeks, D Street at Towerpoint Resort in Mesa. There are a number of Canadians from Manitoba staying on D Street. On this day there were six Canadian flags, and two American flags flying!
And there was this one! I don’t know if this flag represents a mixed marriage or Canadians trying to honor both countries.
The Olympics have enabled some good natured fun and competition, but overall there is a great sense of camaraderie in the park. This past week the resort held a festival honoring the United States and Canada.
There was a king and queen from both countries to reign over the festivities which culminated in a big parade.
My favorite activity in the park has been Zumba and our group walked and danced in the parade.
It was a cold morning (45ish) so we had some liquid fortitude.
There were a number of nice floats. This one represents the Peace Arch at the international border between Blaine, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.
In another story of friendship, we learned about a restaurant in Phoenix called the Joy Bus Diner. The story began in 2011 as one friend helped another with meals during cancer treatments.
The story evolved into a 100% non-profit restaurant whose mission it is to provide “chef crafted meals and caring conversation to cancer patients.”