“[A] quickening of the heart when [we] crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country” (Dorothy Belle Hughes)

Saguaro cactus lined our route to Scottsdale, Arizona, the last stop on our road trip before hitting our starting point in Southern California.  In Scottsdale, we visited Steve and Pam Schnoor, transplants from Seattle, who showed us the area’s natural history and cultural sights.  We couldn’t resist going to a Seahawks sports bar to watch the Hawks beat the Broncos in overtime.

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 Our route to Scottsdale took us close to four corners, the only spot in the U.S. where four states share a common boundary.

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The Dessert Botanical Garden displays many cactus species.

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Hard to believe this one’s size.

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These shimmering ad exotic specimens hail from the Chihuly Glass Studios in the Pacific Northwest.

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Desert flowers provide much appreciated relief in the sometimes stark landscape.

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Paolo Soleri, an architect, urban designer, artist, craftsman, and philosopher, pursued his vision of the an ecology based city in the desert highlands.  Proceeds from his bells funds this effort.   For more about Soleri see

https://arcosanti.org/

20Scottsdale5. soleri bells

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The Seahawks fans in Scottsdale erupt during the close rematch with the Denver Broncos.

Roosevelts

Ken Burns’ series on the Roosevelts engaged our evenings and provided a valuable perspective on our nearly completed cross country adventure.

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One thought on ““[A] quickening of the heart when [we] crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country” (Dorothy Belle Hughes)

  1. Elena

    Back from our sail vacation to find lots of great travel notes from you two. Love the cacti!

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