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North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale April 5th 2017

Geo: 33.494, -111.921We flew into Phoenix, AZ, on a Tuesdayand, after picking up our rental car, drove to the La QuintaInn in North Phoenix where we were able to check in a bit early. Then on to the Gateway Trailhead for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Northeastern Scottsdale. We really just wanted to stretch our legs and get a taste of what the preserve would be like, so we did a short 3 miles or so on those trails. The trails there, at least those close to the trailhead, were mostly a walk in the desert with lowmountains in the distance. We also were able to pick up a brochure with a map of the trails in the southern section of the preserve. Back at the motel, we checked out the trail map and decided to ... read more
Tom's Thumb Trail
Tom's Thumb Trail
Along the Tom's Thumb Trail

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale December 19th 2016

Geo: 33.494, -111.921Today we celebrated our 35th anniversary by hiking Cholla Trail up one side of Camelback Mountain, and down the other side on Echo Canyon Trail. The entire hike was just over 3 miles but parts of each trail were straight up and down, and we were basically just climbing rock faces. Both trails were listed as extremely difficult, but it might have been a little overstated.At the recommendation of a friend, we had our anniversary dinner at LON's at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, AZ. We had a fantastic dinner and evening.... read more
Cholla Trail
Cactus
Shear rock

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale December 18th 2016

Geo: 33.494, -111.921Today we hike around Dreamy Draw Trails. Great hike, perfect weather.... read more
Hiking the washout
Rock formation
Dreamy Draw Trail

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale December 17th 2016

Geo: 33.494, -111.921In the winter of 1938, 70-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright purchased 160 acres at the foot of the McDowell Mountains in present-day Scottsdale to transform into his winter home and studio. Inspired by the southwestern landscape, Wright sought a ‘nobly simple' architecture in Taliesin West. Primitive but elegant, Taliesin West's monumental masonry feels as much an ancient ruin unearthed from the Sonoran desert, as the twentieth-century icon of modern architecture that it has become. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.Wright's beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship, Taliesin West was diligently handcrafted over many years into a utopian world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesse... read more
Fountain
Cactus
Meeting Room

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale April 27th 2015

We moved on from California to Arizona so that we could take in an Arizona Diamondbacks game in Pheonix. We stayed out at Scottsdale, which is a satellite town to Pheonix. We were so happy to find a clean modern hotel in the 3 palms at Scottsdale, great room and wonderful sleep. We visited Old Town Scottsdale, is set out like an old western town. I am not sure which buildings (except the old Mission church) are authentic, and which are reproductions but the town has a nice feel to it. We also went into Pheonix to watch a Diamondback game at Chase Stadium, had a great night but the Hot Dog score was only 4. But I did find a new food phenominum called "The Churro Hotdog" whic was amazing, but really needs to be ... read more
The old Mission... Church of Our lady of the Imaculate Conception
Scottsdale Arizona
Diamondbacks - Chase Stadium

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale November 30th 2013

If you like golf, this entry is pure indulgence....if you don't like golf, don't worry, more diving is on the way. I went pure "epicurism" over the last few days, it is actually bordering to way too much fun when it comes to golfing. Arizona is a mecca when it comes to golf...and yes, I did play three times the Old course at St Andrews, Scotland! Try to compare Scottsdale in Arizona to St Andrews in Scotland...in November...that's simply not a match! Remember last Monday...I was indeed somewhere 200km north of Port Sudan in the morning. Then the same day came Port Sudan, transit in Khartoum, Dubai. On Tuesday came...left Dubai, transit in Addis, tried to sort out a messy situation in Joburg...Wednesday was...two meetings in Hong Kong, transit in Shanghai and LAX...and finally got a ... read more
I believe it's a lynx North Troon!
North Troon, simply amazing!
Wekopa, they did it...insane!

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale November 24th 2013

The Botanical Gardens here in Phoenix are full of amazing cacti and desert plants. Add to that the work of artist Dale Chihuly (a sculptor in glass), a wet Friday evening, great company and .....boom, a magical evening :-)... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale November 19th 2013

A great welcome to Phoenix from Clarice and Darryl and Sandra. First stage, a few days with Sandra in Scottsdale.... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale October 4th 2013

Rob Writes: We had enjoyed our time at Monument Valley and it was now time to leave. It had been a great place to escape from our lives and unwind. I will miss it. I feel fortunate I was able to experience what it had to offer and would recommend it to anyone. Time to hit the road! Woo-fucking-hoo. As I write this we have just completed the final leg of our 2000 mile drive, so forgive my pessimism, but right now I hate driving. At the time however, I was quite enjoying myself. We were now going back the way we came, towards Flagstaff and further south to Scottsdale, Phoenix. It was our first long drive, about 5 – 6 hours in total and all in all it was quite uneventful, well, for Tina and ... read more
Miata
Amy's Baking Co
ABC

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale July 24th 2013

Hello everyone, we have managed to pay for one day's Wi-Fi which is now on its 2nd day of being active, more evidence of Americas incompetence with internet, so here's a quick update from sunny Arizona. The weather here is fantastic topping 40 degrees most days and providing excellent tanning conditions. Everyone is enjoying a bit of downtime and hence we haven't really done anything worth mentioning. This evening we will be heading into Old Scottsdale which is apparently pretty cool so will give you an update on that later. Kit and Mom have had a game of tennis which Kit only won 6-3 which has led me to believe that if I was still capable of running around a court I would still be able to beat him. Last night's dinner in a very nice ... read more
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