Saturday, 31 January 2015

Phoenix AZ (Day 10)

Day 9 - Let me recap our Day rained. A lot. All day in fact!! True enough, it was warmer than at home but did I mention that it rained?? Phoenix and surrounding area doesn't do rain very well either. It is built on a clay base so the rain just accumulates and takes a little while to dissipate.


Our donkey mascot wasn't very happy!!!!

We managed to busy ourselves (unfortunately) at a mall. Didn't do too much damage but time at the mall wasn't what we thought we would be doing!! However, we seem to while away the time quite easily and visiting amongst ourselves isn't too hard.

Day 10 - today, was just spent here. Finishing up laundry, cleaning the little house up a bit. It rained again, but not quite as bad as yesterday.

Day 11 - Tomorrow is travel day. Our Allegiant flight leaves here at 3:20 pm and arrives in Bellingham at about 5:40 pm (with time change).

Sorry but I have nothing else for you! Not really the way we wanted our holiday to end, but we have had a great and relaxing time. Saw lots of things and enjoyed good food, wine and mostly good company!!


Thought for the Day: People may hear your words but they feel your attitude.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Phoenix AZ (Day 8)

We decided that it was "now or never" day to head into downtown Phoenix to catch some of the Super Bowl hype. Funny, because none of us in this group are really NFL fans but it was still fun to see what was going on.

First, it started with a 45 minute car ride into the Valley Metro Rail stop. We started right at the far east end of the rail system. For $4 each you can get an all day pass. From where we got on, it was a 45 minute rail ride into downtown Phoenix. Oh, and no charge for parking in the Valley Metro parking lot in Mesa. Pretty good deal.

Arriving in downtown Phoenix....


Always some map reading to be done.....



VIP cars, I guess?






Who could outdoor skating rink in Phoenix!!

All sorts of fans!!


Heading down Party Blvd!!

Lots of extra advertising.....

We ended the day as we began it....on Valley Metro Rail.
It was a good experience to walk around. Everyone was very friendly. There was about a 10 square block area where you went through a security checkpoint. They checked your bags and then you were in and free to walk around. You could also have a beer or other alcoholic drink and walk around with it....imagine!!
So a quick stop at In and Out Burger and we are home for the night. It, unfortunately, started raining when we just getting ready to leave downtown and it's raining still. Plus, it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow.......uh huh.
Thanks for driving Don!!
Thought for the Day: Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate - then always be a pirate......Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Phoenix AZ (Day 7)

.....Yes, you are right, there was no Day 6 as we just hung around the house, went for a walk and relaxed in the sun. I know, nice huh?!

We are finding that, as a group, we aren't the highest motivated bunch to get out of the house bright and early. For us, that means about 11 am (if we are lucky!!). Of course, the fact that we don't go to bed until about 1:00 to 1:30 am doesn't help either!! But then, what are holidays for, right?

Today, we first headed out to an old gold mining town called Goldfield. It is a recreation of a ghost/mining town, located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Super nice little spot and refreshingly enough, no charge to wander around.

"Situated atop a small hill between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield got its start in 1892 when very rich, high grade gold ore was found in the area. A town soon sprang up and on October 7, 1893 it received its first official post office. But like other gold camps, Goldfield’s bustling days were quickly dashed when the vein of gold ore started to play out and the grade of the ore dropped even more. Just five years after it began, the town found itself quickly dying. The miners moved on, the post office was discontinued on
November 2, 1898, and Goldfield became a ghost town." 

Welcome to Goldfield......
 The Superstition Mountain Range

 Nicely recreated building all over the "town site"

Diana, Doug, Nancy & Don

Nice that it was mid-week and there weren't too many people here yet.


Wandering around, you can find something to interest everyone. 




Sorry Diana, guess the guy forgot the "Occupied" sign!!

Again, the neat thing was that there is no charge to come in and wander around. There are a few "attractions" about. You can ride the train for 20 minutes or so for $8 each. It has a colourful engineer that regales you with stories of the town. There is a small zip line for $10 each. There are quite a good number of the typical little shops, a few eateries, etc. Since we, once again, packed our own lunch, we just used one of the many picnic tables that are around and enjoyed lunch in the sun. All in all it's a good drive out here and we all give it a thumbs up.
After this it was off to Tortilla Flats. Another interesting area about 20 minutes away. It is a great twisty road with some amazing scenery. Check it out:
Beautiful Canyon Lake
"Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs that were formed by the damming of
the Salt River in the U.S. state of Arizona. The lake was formed by the
Mormon Flat Dam, which was completed in 1925 after two years of construction."








Some really cool rock formations out here....




All in all it was a really fun day. Thanks, again, to Don for doing all the driving. When we rented the car, it went in Don's name for insurance and was going to cost quite a bit extra to add Doug.
that's it for us. Not sure what tomorrow will bring but I am sure it will be an enjoyable one with our travelling buddies!!
Thought for the Day: Great things never came from comfort zones...