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North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale March 22nd 2021

Perhaps, it should say in the AIR again! Per CNN: Spring break is here and people suffering from a year of cabin fever are throwing caution to the wind. Saturday marked the 10th straight day on which more than 1 million passengers traveled through American airports.The url= reported 1,369,180 travelers passed through security checkpoints Saturday, a day after air passengers set a new pandemic record, when 1,468,516 traveled... read more
Travel Itch
Salt River ghost

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale March 12th 2020

There was a time when Spring Training was little more than players playing practice games, getting ready for the season, and signing autographs for the kids. Now, Spring Training is big business, ticket prices have shot up, hotels are gouging us, and any decent restaurant has a 3 hour wait. So, what happened? First, the weather, which has always been great, is conducive to coming out to the old ballpark. When I first started coming down here with my kids, we played golf in the morning, then headed to the ballpark. We followed that up with dinner at a famous place (now closed) like Don and Charlie's, hoping to get an up close glimpse at some of the stars of both today and yesterday. And BTW, I do miss a glimpse at some of the great ... read more
Big crowds now
Fun and Games

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale March 10th 2020

I always thought Arizona was a little different. Let's see why. The first McDonald drive through opened back in 1975, revolutionizing fast food, eating on the road, and that awful smell in your car for weeks! The London Bridge is here, owned by the city of Lake Havasu City since 1968. You can thank Robert McCulloch for buying the antique bridge for $2.46 million. Why on earth would they film the movie, "Oklahoma!" here in Arizona? Filmmakers could not find enough undeveloped land in OK. Many great national parks and monuments along with the Grand Canyon. Make sure to visit Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Organ Pipe Cactus, Montezuma Castle, Vermilion Cliffs, and Walnut Canyon, among others. Oatman, AZ is famous for its burros, which are descendants of of animals used by miners, then abandoned. They ... read more
The famous Saguaro
The Wave

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
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
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 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

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