But, the food!
A guy Adam works with is from Chicago and while traveling, introduced Adam to Portillo's. It started in Chicago and now there are a few in the Southwest too. Oh. My.
I had a chicken and fruit and poppy seed salad that was life changing. Followed by chocolate cake. If I went again (and I will go again hopefully) I will forgo the cake--good as it was--for a strawberry shake. Mark had the strawberry shake and it was amazing. (I felt fine getting Mark the strawberry shake since he swam for three hours that afternoon. I am not sure I burned quite as many calories sitting poolside and talking on the phone and reading...
While we were eating at Portillo's, I asked Adam what we have in the Pacific Northwest. Do we have anything? He said really good salmon. That's true.
We also went to the Mesa temple.
It was built in the late '20s and we saw pictures of when it was being built. It was out in the middle of nowhere. I can't imagine how the people that built it would feel knowing there's now another temple in Gilbert, about 14 miles away.
I loved being there. It was beautiful and fragrant with all the flowers and I felt the same deep peace that I feel whenever I am near or especially inside, a temple.
I like it here. I miss my two big kids though so I'll go home...