Sedona

Sedona is so peaceful and beautiful, especially since we’re seeing it right after Las Vegas which could hardly be more of a contrast. We drove here Friday and have enjoyed our short time here. We’ll leave tomorrow after I sit through a 90-minute timeshare presentation which I agreed to do when the condo management people…

Las Vegas, day 3

Today after brunch we went on a gondola ride on the outdoor canal at our hotel (Venetian/Palazzo) with Dante, a native of northeastern Italy, as our gondolier and serenader. Then after eating carmel/chocolate apples from the Palazzo food court, we sat in the outdoor hot tub and met Californians who gave us travel suggestions when…

“If I had words to make a day for you…”

I’d sing you a morning golden and new. I would make this day last for all time, and fill the night deep in moonshine. My apologies to those of you who know this story… When Charlie was three or four years old, he loved the movie Babe which he watched on DVD multiple times per…

Hoover Dam & Las Vegas

Oh my golly. I rented a car this (Monday) morning, and we drove to Hoover Dam and then Las Vegas (nearly 300 miles from Phoenix). Along the way we saw more saguaro cactus as well as Joshua trees. We toured the power plant at the dam and walked on the road along the top of…

Horseback riding in the Sonoran Desert

It was good to get away from the pavement for a little while this evening and enjoy an hour-long ride through the desert. Our guide, Jake, pointed out petroglyphs carved by the Hohokam tribe about 1,000 years ago and told us about the huge saguaro cactus we saw along the way. I think Jake probably…

Arizona Science Center

The strife is o’er, the battle done. With all traces of abdominal distress having vanished, we ventured out to the Arizona Science Center today – a six-mile round-trip walk. Just finding the entrance to the building seemed to be an IQ test – which I nearly failed. It’s an ugly, odd, concrete building with a…