It has been more difficult than we had imagined to get good date nights here. Babysitting can be cheap, but up where we live hard to come by someone affordable we trust. Enter NanaBink. This is the name for the singular corpus that is Diana's parents. They were here for two weeks, and so we got some time for ourselves while the kids were in the safest hands imaginable. And so we had the...
(but, you know, with an echoey voice like you're selling a speedway event)
|"Can you shmile? I can't shmile."|
|Not actual lava|
But you can't let that feeling go on too long. On to the caverns where a ten minute dip in hot mineral water lulls us into a greater sense of carelessness and bliss so that the dip in the cold pool is that much more
|Ah ma gah! Ah ma gah!|
Though hard to leave this little slice of Flagstaff, Arizona for a jarring bus ride back to the hotel, date night must go on. And on it went with wine and an appetizer before a Bach and Brahms performance by the Cuenca symphony orchestra. I’ve heard some call this orchestra world class. I wouldn’t go that far, but I’d go far as to say they were worth more than we paid (see date night accounting below).
Tiestos is the restaurant in town that is in such demand that you’d be lucky to get in without a reservation. But for Best Date Night Ever, luck was naturally on our side. So at 9:45, 15 minutes before official closing, we snagged a table. Things so hyped rarely can live up to the hype. But with rapid and attentive service (rare as $50 bill in these parts), personal meal and wine selection by the chef, and exquisite food, Tiestos beat the hype.
|Better than the CrappyCam would indicate|
And this is the first date night opportunity we’ve had to sleep in, enjoy a late breakfast, and shuffle slowly home. May God bless NanaBink and grant them healthy joints and sunny days in the mid 70s.
Tab for BDNE:
Round trip bus $1
Symphony $0 (yep, it’s always free)
Cheaper than therapy and the marriage is good for another eight weeks!