No trip to Arizona is complete without visiting the desert…well, Phoenix IS actually in the Sonoran Desert and it especially feels like a desert if you are visiting in August and go to the zoo when it’s 117 degrees. Yes, I did that once. But this time I chose a better time to go….in February, warm during the day, cool at night. Perfect for a stroll around the Desert Botanical Gardens and even better because there was a special night exhibit “Sonoran Lights by Bruce Munro“. Bruce Munro is a British artist who is known for large scale light based installations. How large? Well….31,000 individual lights and hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables large. This display took 3 years to plan and 5 weeks to install. And let me tell you, it was worth a visit! Continue reading
There is a an old saying….”a man’s home is his castle”…meaning it’s a place of refuge, a place where he can do anything he wants. And that is what Boyce Luther Gulley did. Over a 15 year period from 1930 until his death in 1945, he built a “castle”….adding to it piece by piece with whatever he could find…old bottles, tiles, railroad tracks, telephone poles, pieces of adobe, automobile parts and too many more items to mention…and all was cemented together with a mortar & cement made with among other things, goat’s milk.
Situated on eight acres of land on South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona lies this “Mystery Castle”. Continue reading
So here it is March already and I have broken my New Year’s resolutions many times over. I didn’t actually write it down….but it was in my head. My resolution? Write on my blog more consistently….have a plan….like once a week. Well, well that didn’t materialize, so I changed it again in my head. In February it was “write one post a month.” Surely I could manage to get out 12 posts in a year. Evidently not. Maybe if I had actually written it down, gotten it out of my brain and onto a piece of paper, I might have had a better chance. But life is all about second chances and “do-overs”, so I’m trying again.
Back in November I challenged anyone who might have read my blog to go and Look in Your Own Backyard. I’m sure if anyone did that, but you really should do this sooner rather than later and not be like my mother. Last year, I went to visit my mother who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved there in 1976. 40 years ago….well, now 41 years ago. It took her 37 years before she visited the Grand Canyon….which is only a mere 3 hour drive away. So while I was there, I thought we should visit some of the other fun sights that are in her own backyard. We made a “bucket list” of places my mother has never seen….so in two weeks time we tackled a mansion, a castle, three National Park Monuments and one historic village, plus we checked out a special light show at the Desert Botanical Gardens and spent an afternoon watching the National Hoop Dancing Competition. Whew! My mother was born and raised in Chicago, so one of our first ventures in backyard exploring was to visit the The Wrigley Mansion. Continue reading