A beautiful morning. Over night low was 41F and the high was 64F. There was just a slight breeze.
Bob and Helen picked us up at 10:00AM to go to St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery south of Florence, AZ. It is about 40 miles away on Hwy 285 and 79. It was a perfect day to go there. When we got there, we were surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot.
There is a strict dress code. Men and women must both wear long sleeves. Women must have head covering and a long skirt. They provide clothes for those that aren’t dressed appropriately. Cathy needed a scarf and skirt and Helen needed a skirt. They got outfitted while we waited for a priest to welcome us and tell us how to tour the monastery. We were told we could take pictures indoors and out, but not of visitors or monks and priests.
The first stop on the walking tour is St Anthony’s Church.
It is quite large and has a number of chairs around the perimeter. During services they stand, but if tired can sit. The chair seats fold to accommodate standing or sitting. The inside is very ornate and all the furnishings come from Greece.
There are several chapels on the grounds besides the main church.
This is a outdoor, peasant, Russian style chapel dedicated to the most revered Russian saint ever.
The desert around the monastery is very beautiful with many Saguaros and Chollas. These were kept and palm trees and other plants were mixed in with them to create the grounds. There are citrus and olive tree orchards.
The gate house has a book store with books in English and Greek and many beautiful religious objects, cards and pictures. They also sell preserves, olives, olive oil, vinegar, pastries and breads.
Here is a nice YouTube video
On the way back we found a cut off through Coolridge that saved about 12 miles. When we got back we stopped at the Golden Corral and had lunch.
Got back and sat outside with Joy for quite awhile. She enjoys having people make a fuss over her.
I saw on Facebook that Kathryn’s flight to the Virgin Islands was canceled and rebooked for tomorrow. It is a 3 hr trip for her to the airport.
Watched the usual Wednesday night TV and the new CSI Cyber.