The trip is done. Arrived home safely last night, tired and sad that it’s over, but full of great memories. As Marsha always says: “Your know the vacation was good…if you need a vacation when you get home!”
We were too busy spending quality time with Jane & Mike, getting last minute visits in, and organizing for our return — to finish the blog with info about our last two days. They were great days, so here’s a synopsis:
In the last blog (with the video preview of the Botanical Gardens) we promised a couple of more shots. It was an absolutely perfect day. Large saguaros and other large variety cactus can hold some 900 pounds of water to sustain themselves. That requires an extremely strong skeleton to keep them from collapsing. The guy above was exposed to a freeze, and the relatively young arm’s skeleton softened; result seen.
Nope. A Dale Chihuly installation left these amazing glass sculptures at the entrance…. Which leads us to our next stop, the very man-made SMOCA (The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art).
Around the first corner a spectacular installation by James Turrell, an artist we’ve come to love and follow for his incredible ability to link natural light and space. Here a round enclosed structure with a couple of built in benches and a hole exposed to the sky on top. You can watch the ever changing progress of the sun, or clouds, or birds, or planes crossing the real space, or their reflections or shadows around the walls in beautiful abstractions.
…is charming and beautifully designed/restored with endless opportunities for souvenir or serious shopping, sightseeing, and great dining.
…was enhanced by some brush fire smoke in the distance.
Another first-class museum….
We went back for a hike along Lost Dog Trail near Jane & Mike, dinner, and pack-up for the long day home.
It’s stood there over a hundred years,
Every day before a different sunset.
Today’s is deep purple with blood orange fringe
Reflected in its fluted green,
Outstretched, welcoming arms.
Arms we dare not touch.
It’s faced so much,
Yet its back
Has never once seen the sun.
Hey…. See you guys in India!