Phoenix

The Desert Is Abloom

Arizona

Monday, March 30 (Phoenix). After a late breakfast at the Fairmont we jumped in The Impala and headed down Highway 101 to Phoenix and the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park next to the Phoenix Zoo. Joining us were a slew of corn-fed Midwestern Snowbirds and a gaggle of “locals”. The Garden not only has […]

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The Art of Touring Phoenix

Arizona

Today we spanned The Valley of The Sun. We began the day with breakfast at our Surprise hotel, The Windmill Inn, then tossed our luggage into the Impala and headed east 20 odd miles to downtown Phoenix and the Phoenix Art Museum.The city center was quiet on this Sunday, and although the museum had a […]

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame (Phoenix, 2009)

Arizona

Saturday, March 28 (Surprise). On our past trips to Phoenix in the late winter or early spring, we have always arrived early just a bit too soon or a bit too late to catch a spring training game between the “Cactus League” teams. This trip our timing was right on and we snagged a pair […]

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Surprise Turns 50! (Phoenix, 2009)

Arizona

Saturday, March 28 (Surprise, Arizona). Both the City of Surprise and Del Webb’s “Sun City” development for “active adults” turn 50 in 2010. These communities are on the fringes of the Phoenix area, about 20 miles from downtown. The closest freeway is a few miles away and the trek from Phoenix proper to here takes […]

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Denizen of A Different Desert (Phoenix 2009)

Arizona

Friday, March 27 (Phoenix). The days of Cowboys and Indians in The Wild, Wild West may be long gone from Phoenix, but when it comes to renting cars here, the locals will “scalp” you and “hold you up at gunpoint” if you pick up your rental car at the Sky Harbor Airport. Taxes and other […]

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