On Monday I traveled from record-breaking 105-degree heat in Tucson into 55-degree coolness and rain in La Cañada Flintridge. What a quick change, but a very welcome one.
I went to visit Jackie Manning, a former longtime La Cañadan. Jackie and her late husband, Whipple, were actively involved in our La Cañada social scene when they lived here.
Jackie, an extraordinary host and tour guide, led me to a lot of surprise wonders in this desert city. We packed a lot of sight-seeing and cultural experiences into a short amount of time. This University of Arizona town is humming with activity and Wildcat fans are anxiously awaiting the school's next football and basketball season.
We attended a cocktail party in the spectacular 17,000 square foot art-filled home of Cole and Jeannie Davis to get to know the university's newly appointed athletic director, Greg Bryne, who spoke about the university's athletic programs.