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North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix July 19th 2014

(A couple quick notes: The latest entry appears at the top of the blog - scroll down to see previous entries. Also scroll down the page to see all of the photos for each entry.) After a mostly uneventful (a small luggage hiccup notwithstanding) 4.5 hour flight to Phoenix, we arrived at our rooms around 11pm. (Local Temp: 98 F) We were back up and at the airport following a short night's rest at around 6:15am, and our flight to Maui departed a little late at 8:20am. And no internet service on this flight: I realized that I can't remember when I've been conscious for that long without cell and internet service!!! I kept picking up my phone to do this or that before realizing nothing was going to work. I admit, I got a little ... read more
Weavers Get Greeted...
First View of Our Resort - Could Be Worse!
Happy To Be Here!

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix June 5th 2014

One of the reasons I'm headed as far north as Bellingham is because of all the wonderful islands accessible from there. This week Ive been researching Whidbey And Camano Islands. Whidbey actually has a spectacular bridge access through Deception Pass ,don't you just love that name? It's only a little over an hour from my place in Bellingham. Many years ago I stumbled on Coupeville Art Center,always had that tucked away as a place Id love to take a class .So guess what? This is the year !! I signed up for a mixed media class ,little painting ,little collage ,little paper art ,can't wait! Coupeville looks like a small wonderful small beachy town I cant wait to explore. It's also the home of Penn Cove mussels,reportedly some of the best in the Northwest. I'm going ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix May 27th 2014

Well Im starting on a new adventure today ,writing a blog! I'm excited and intimidated. I'm not a writer or a tech savvy person. But what I am is a flaneur/traveler,one who loves to wander,see, learn,meet ,do ,paint and tell stories. So I'll begin! I'll leave for the beautiful Northwest in about a month ,specifically a small town in Washington state called Bellingham. I've rented a flat there for two months and plan to let my days unfold as they will in a gorgeous and cool environment. I don't know anyone up there and haven't been there before but that's part of the joy of the journey. I'm now researching on the net things to do and places to see ,not the touristy stuff ,though there will be little of that ,but the off the beaten ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix May 16th 2014

BOOKENDS A new World War II memorial has recently been completed at the Wesley Bolin Mall on the grounds surrounding the state capitol in Phoenix, AZ. The new memorial is being called “The Bookends” and it features a 14 inch main gun from the USS Arizona and a 16 inch main gun from the USS Missouri. In between the guns are panels listing the names of sailors who served aboard those two battleships. The Arizona was sunk by skulking Japs during the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. When Emperor Tojo finally persuaded the Japs to surrender, after we nuked them twice, they did so in Tokyo Bay aboard the Missouri. The main guns signify both the start and the end of the bloodiest and the worst war ever fought. The Bookends are ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix March 30th 2014

Today, we are in AZ watching the Final Four. Our MI State lost to UConn and MI and Kentucky are now tied. We haven't gone anywhere today or have taken any pictures. Marv just expressed he wants the teams to go into overtime. Silly. Anyway, no where to go and nothing to do. Oh Marv made a fantastic dinner last night. He has a knack for finding good recipes. I overacte. Uhg! (This was a test for later.)... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix December 26th 2013

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North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix October 29th 2013

We are delighted to report that jazz is alive and well in Phoenix and its environs. While we were parked up in Parker, Arizona (a dusty desert crossroads by a big river) and deciding if we were going to drive all the way to Phoenix in the one day or break up the trip midway (even though midway was even more barren and desert than the road from Joshua Tree to Parker, we googled Jazz Arizona and found out that a potentially very exciting trio was playing at the Mesa Arts Center which is about 15 miles east of Phoenix, so we trundled off to Mesa at a steady 55 miles per hour in Rudy V. The trio was called ACS and consisted of Geri Allen on piano, Terri Lynne Carrington on drums and symbols, and ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix October 26th 2013

Our Reflections on Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe in Arizona Phoenix is the 5th largest city in USA and the state capital of Arizona. Guidebooks state that there is ’minimal appeal for visitors’ and we found it difficult to find things to do here beside cycle in the hot sunshine and still humidity-less air and look at some fabulous buildings. There are 1.5 million people in the city and over 5 million in its incorporated suburbs (including Mesa and Tempe and Scottsdale). There are two massive sports stadiums side-by-side in the downtown area along with corporate skyscrapers, court buildings and other state government buildings. We walked around the compact downtown centre asking each other: ‘where are the people?’ There is no shopping downtown, only a few sports pubs , a Starbucks, Gold’s Gym and Urban Outfitters. The ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix October 5th 2013

Our day began with our first IHOP breakfast (International House of Pancakes), their stuffed french toast being one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten, before leaving Tucson headed for Phoenix. A visit to Pottery Barn on the way (yes this store was as fabulous as I had hoped!) and a wander around another gigantic multi level shopping mall before checking into our hotel. We had been looking forward to arriving in Phoenix as it meant the opportunity to catch up with family. We had a delicious dinner at Nerissa, Dustin and Kate's place and chatted the evening away. We had a busy day planned with the Nolte's showing us some of the sites of this beautiful US state. Our first stop was at Mother Natures's Farm Pumpkin Patch, how fantastic! We fed and ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix July 13th 2013

JOE FOSS Joe earned his wings through the aviation cadet program in the Marine Corps. He wanted to be a fighter pilot but in 1941, at the ripe age of 26, was considered to be too old for combat duty. He was assigned to a photo recon squadron but as combat losses began to toll up during the spring of 1942 the age restriction was set aside. By June of 1942 Joe found himself assigned to VMF- 121 and was flitting around the sky at the stick of a Grumann F4F-4 Wildcat. The Wildcat was brought into the service of the Navy as a replacement fighter to the Brewster2A. It was a capable fighter with 6 wing-mounted 50 caliber machine guns. It was a bit slower than a Jap Zero and could not climb ... read more




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