Day 1148 – Soap, Pottery and Mexican Food

Kathie and I ran into Yuma on her last full day with us to fill her rental RV’s propane tank and to do a little exploring.

The guy at Cactus Storage Propane and Laundromat was smiling and friendly as always.  The line was not long, and we were off to Martha’s Date Garden (http://www.marthasgardens.com/).

We thought we were going to have lunch in the little courtyard there, but they didn’t have anything that appealed to us.

They did have this interesting horse sculpture, though, as you can see on today’s featured photo.  Here is a larger view:

Horse Sculpture
Horse Sculpture

Our ultimate destination was the Old Town area, so we plugged that into the GPS and then Kathie selected a Mexican restaurant from the list. As I was driving, I asked her the name of the chosen restaurant.

“Del Taco” she replied, which prompted me to laugh – and change destinations. You see, Kathie doesn’t know that Del Taco is the McDonald’s of Mexican food. They don’t have them on the East Coast.

We then found Mi Rancho Restaurant, which proved to be a great lunch. Kathie had the fish tacos, and I asked for a veggie burrito.

Mi Rancho Fish Tacos
Mi Rancho Fish Tacos

There was a group of snowbirds having lunch behind us in the big room.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by my burrito. Grilled broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and onions filled the fresh flour tortilla.  No cheese, beans or rice. It was no Gordito burrito (my 30 year Sacramento addiction), but this was a yummy 2nd place.

With full bellies, we moved on to find the Bare Naked Soap Co. (http://www.barenakedsoapco.com/)  I didn’t take any pictures there, but did come away with two bars of soap. You know I am very picky about my soap, so if I bought two bars (large, and $5 a bar) you know they had to be exceptional in some way.

The bar I purchased for David was scented with Lemongrass, one of his favorites. The bar I gave to Kathie was called “Desert Sunrise”, and was uniquely colored with mica powder and annatto root. I now wish I had taken a picture before she packed it away.

Edit: I found this picture on their facebook page:

Bare Naked Soap Co
Bare Naked Soap Co

A short walk away was Colorado River Pottery. (http://www.coloradoriverpottery.com/)

 

This is the Castle Dome series, which reflects the Colorado River, desert and Castle Dome, which we see on the distance from our parking space.

Castle Dome motif
Castle Dome motif

 

There were also lovely salsa bowls.

Salsa Bowl with Recipe
Salsa Bowl with Recipe

The potter was so nice, and she and Kathie talked shop…gas and electric kilns, glazes, and how to get that lovely opal shade.  She even gave us a tour of her workshop and kilns that were firing away out back.

One of the most unique offerings she had was a coffee scoop. Kathie purchased one, and will take it back to M & M at 44 North Coffee. This would be a great addition to their shop, and Kathie has a flyer for them to put them in contact with each other.

Here is an interview video that I found with the help of her website:

We filled up the CRV at Sam’s Club at $1.77/gal, and then returned to the RV to get it dumped and tidy for a return in Phoenix bright and early in the morning.

One last sunset stroll…

Sunset 2015-02-02
Sunset 2015-02-02

 

 

And a quick dinner.  That 4:30 am alarm, 3.25 hr drive to the airport, and post Super Bowl travelers await in the morning.

I’m glad that we could have this chat.

Nancy

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