Desert Paradise

Roses and Bougainvillea
Lavender roses and white bougainvillea from Maya’s garden

Traveling from Tucson towards Flagstaff for the Overland Expo, we stopped for a visit with Bill’s old friend John Ragozzino, who lives in Fountain Hills, a suburb of Phoenix. John and his lovely girlfriend, Maya Civadelic, were incredibly gracious hosts. They fed us well, and we ate and drank way too much. Maya’s green thumb has created a desert paradise of their home, which is surrounded by gardens — fruit trees, grapevines, flowering vines and shrubs, vegetables. And, of course, cactus:

Blooming Cactus

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