Monday, March 23, 2015

Casa Grande, AZ

We arrived in Casa Grande on Friday early afternoon and parked at the Elks Club. We have been here many times before but they raised the price to $10 per night from $5. Still no water and no electricity however. We are “Boon-docking” but will make do unless the temp gets too high. Has been in the low 80's so far.

We are visiting Clyda's cousin Rod and wife Claralynn. Also had breakfast today with our friend George who we last saw in Port Townsend, WA last summer. Good visit with all.

Today Clyda and Claralynn visited a Greek Orthodox Monastery near Coolidge, AZ. For the visit they had to wear a long skirt, dark socks, closed toed shoes, a long sleeved blouse and a head scarf.

The monastery was started in 1995 by sending several monks from Greece to Casa Grande and having them start construction on the Main Church, living quarters for monks, a dining hall and guest facilities.

There are now 5 or 6 chapels as well as gardens, vineyards, courtyards, fountains, etc. Visitors are welcome to take a self guided tour.

It is quite an achievement in such a short time. About 40 monks now live here.