A warm Labor Day morning was the perfect opportunity to walk among the shade from the downtown buildings with very few people around.
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located about 60 miles east of downtown Phoenix near the town of Superior. It has a great collection of regional plants, cactus and trees.
After the previous failed sunset we went up South Mountain, just 5 miles south of downtown Phoenix. This time there were no clouds to obstruct the view!
An internet search of best sunsets in Phoenix suggested Usery State Park – just east of Mesa. We headed off for the short drive out, but in the end sunset was not to be as storm clouds moved in. While disappointed about the sunset, the clouds provided a great backdrop not often seen in Phoenix.
The drive back into town also provided some great shots
Before you knew it we were back in Mesa.
While much of Phoenix is a vast suburban landscape, there are a number of architecturally interesting buildings in the area.
Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked in Phoenix for many years. There are a number of his designed homes, churches and public buildings in the area.
I am as much of a fan of stadiums and architecture as I am baseball, so when I had the change to spend some time in Phoenix in March during Major League Baseball’s Spring Training, I was overjoyed.
Some time in the warm sun, couple with a plethora of places to go.
Glendale, Arizona – Camelback Ranch – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals
Peoria, Arizona – Peoria Sports Complex – Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants
Surprise, Arizona – Surprise Stadium – Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Goodyear, Arizona – Goodyear Sports Complex – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians
Phoenix – Municipal Stadium – Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs
Phoenix – Maryvale Baseball Complex – Milwaukee Brewers Practice
Mesa – Hohokam Stadium – Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox (and cold weather)
With a few hours before my flight at the end of a road trip to California and Arizona, I swung by the Arizona Biltmore.
On the way to the airport I made a stop at the Arizona State Capital grounds.
Our trip continued into Arizona, where we spent the day in Phoenix before catching an evening flight to San Antonio.
We started out in a resort called Wigwam
A nice, hot hike on South Mountain was next.
Camelback Mountain and PHX
Having been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan for many years we took the opportunity to visit Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. What served as his winter home and a school from 1937 until 1959 when he died, Taliesin West continues to this day as an architecture school.
While it differs from what most think of a FLW design, it does pay tribute to the local native people, as well as celebrates the abundant sunshine that Arizona provides.
The facility uses Native American symbols and designs throughout.
Wright’s design made a connection to the desert in the use of long, low, sweeping lines.
When they were building the site they found Native petroglyphs onsite.
The landscaping throughout provides vivid color from the flowering bushes.
There is significant use of stone throughout.
The interior, as with most FLW design, has extensive built in furniture.
A bust of FLW adorned the last room toured.