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When Austin was in grammar school he let us know that his plans were to go to college. He was always interested in science and so we nodded our heads and said ‘great plans’. Because of course, as parents, that was our goal for him. He carried that dream through middle school and high school and while baseball pulled him in that direction, he eventually made the adult decision to concentrate on his academic dreams. This last week we had the ‘honor’ of attending Austin’s graduation from Arizona State University with a degree in microbiology. We could not be prouder of his accomplishments and can’t wait to see what the next chapter has in store for him.

Graduation May 11, 2015

Graduation May 11, 2015

What a way to end a ceremony!

What a way to end a ceremony! This was the second smaller ceremony with just his group. The larger ceremony the night before ended in fireworks.

Food, drink, a hike in Sedona and good conversation filled our vacation in Arizona. Austin had a list of restaurants he wanted to take us to and we hit every one of them and then some. He even made a steak dinner for us on Mother’s Day!

For the second time we stayed at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. A king size bed and long showers woo hoo! Originally built in 1956, it has a mid-century design and was the first hotel in Scottsdale to have central air conditioning. A few of the celebrities who visited Hotel Valley Ho included Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood had their 1957 wedding reception in the hotel ballroom.

But just like that, us and our overstuffed bags were on our way back to the boat. We bought some much needed clothes, over 20 movies and a few boat parts. Wish we could have brought back some Four Peaks craft beer!

Sedona has been on my list of places to visit and it did not disappoint!

Sedona has been on my list of places to visit and it did not disappoint!

Fair winds
Cindy