Monday, May 3, 2010

Gila Temple - Eastern Arizona

My twin Maryella and I took Summer and Heather to go to the open house of the Gila Temple in Pima Arizona for a Young Women's activity. We knew the drive was going to be LONG and arduous but as it worked out we had an amazing time. The landscape was simply stunning! The wild flowers were out all along the highways and cactus in bloom. Ragged rocks and cliffs, old mining towns were everywhere and the oddest view was seeing 50 or so cows munching on hay in a small paddock on a very steep hill. We stopped in Globe and grabbed some of the best empenadas, crackers, cheese and ham for snacking the rest of the way to Pima. We also pin pointed area's that we had to stop to get future photo's on our way back.

The temple was beautiful and had simple lines, not over done in any way. The woodwork was lovely and the chandeliers were glistening everywhere. I made the girls look at the mirrors in the room where the bride and groom will be married and as you knelt across from each other your reflection goes on forever which as members of the LDS church we believe that when we are married in the temple we are sealed for the eternities. It was humbling to watch brothers hug each other knowing they were families forever.

We went to a sweet little icecream drive thru called Taylor Freeze and I'm bringing it up in the blog because it had some of the best flavors ever. Maple, pinacolada, coconut, peanut butter, pineapple, cherry and sooooo much more and to make it even more fun we could mix the flavors so Heather and I chose pinacolada and coconut, Mel had coconut and maple which was real yummy and Summer had her too favorite flavors of peanut butter and chocolate. We also stopped at the Apache Nation Rodeo they were having in San Carlos... it was great to watch them all roping and being timed. We also made sure to stop at a water tower near Superior to get some great shots in too. All in all this was one of my favorite road trips, why? Maybe because we were going to see the house of the Lord, maybe because we were all girls and we didn't have a hubby whining about stopping all the time? I think its a mix of everything, the temple, the landscape, the old historic mining towns, the rodeo and the good company.


  1. All I know is, Summer had a fantastic time! You girls spoiled her and she loved every second of it! TAHNK YOU!

  2. I enjoyed those pics when I seen them on FAcebook, but it's nice to read the story behind it.