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    Judith Tunell Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    The Judith Tunell Trail is located in South Mountain Park, just behind the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. It is a very easy trail that is paved and totals no more than 1 mile in length with two loops that go back to the education center. It is an interpretive trail with sign explaining flora and fauna native to the area. Very educational and if there is one thing to do to learn a little about the desert, consider walking this path.

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    Paolo Soleri's COSANTI

    by VeronicaG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While in Phoenix we toured Paolo Soleri's studio to witness the bronze casting process and see his imaginative architecture at Cosanti. He is noted for his experimental concrete earth structures and bronze and ceramic windbells.

    Soleri's far reaching endeavor is the creation of a desert city called Arcosanti. All of the proceeds from the sale of his products go to the furthering of this futuristic city located 65 miles beyond Scottsdale off I-17 at Exit 262. We didn't have the time to see Arcosanti, but there were signs posted to the sight.

    Paolo Soleri was born in Turin, Italy in 1919 and studied there for his architectural degree. He came to Arizona in 1956, eventually establishing the Cosanti Foundation and creating his world-famous windbells.

    A guide walked us through the casting process, toured with us through the unusual structures and explained Paolo's crafts. At the end of the talk, we found ourselves in a gift shop surrounded by Soleri's "bells". After trying out several, we purchased one for our windchime collection on the back patio.

    Cosanti is open daily Mon.-sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 11 am-5pm and closed during major holidays. Groups are welcome by reservation.

    The Art of Windbells Colorful Glass Roof Paolo Soleri The Bronzing Process Entering Paolo's territory
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    South Mountain Park

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 29, 2010

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    This a a large park that stretches for about 5 miles along the south edge of the city of Phoenix. It has some shopping along 7th Ave coming toward the mountains, and along Baseline Rd; both the main arteries to get to the range. The mountains are not that impressive, but are used by many for recreation in the park. Out ride their was to go to Mystery Castle; a great tour site at the end of 7th Ave

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    Mesa-More than Bedrooms

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    There are some tourist type sites in Mesa, besides many shops and malls along the highways and side streets. Besides that, the downtown offers shopping and art center for the contemporary. The Commemorative Air Museum of 37 vintage and restored planes of WWII and WWI is a must do. There also is the Brinton Botanical garden of cactus, and the downtown shops and contemporary art district and theater for events and musicals. The LDS Temple on Main about 5 blocks out of old town is a nice place to visit, also, and especially during the Christmas season when it is lit up with thousands of lights.

    Commemorative Air Museum Mains St old town shopping Brinton Botanical garden Contemporary art district LDS Temple on Main St
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    Tempe-A Nice community of shops and university

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    This Mill Ave shops are plentiful and there also are many eating establishments over a 5 block stretch on Mill District. WE got there during the annual arts festival; a great time shopping for goods. It would be a nice way to spend a day and enjoy the Mill Ave area.

    Mill Ave lined with tent stalls of arts goods Tempe Butte at north of town Tempe Beach Park Tempe Town Lake Brochure showing the shops on Mill Ave
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    Head to the Grand Canyon in Winter!

    by rstary Written Jan 24, 2010

    It is an interesting visit if you go to the Grand Canyon in the month of January. It's neat to be there when there is snow. We were able to chuck a few snowballs in the canyon. There aren't many times of the year when that is possible. The views are stunning. It takes 3 1/2 hours to drive there from Phoenix so it's an all day event if you aren't staying the night at the Grand Canyon. The El Tovar lodge is a very nice place to stay, but I didn't want to ask the cost for staying at this quaint hotel on the edge of the Canyon.

    Kid's at the Grand Canyon The Lobby of the El Tovar Lodge
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    Apache Trail Sightseeing

    by rstary Written Jan 24, 2010

    The Apache Trail is a fun sightseeing tour that lasts the whole day. We only did a part of it and doubled back. We went as far as Tortilla Flats and made our way back. We stopped at a ghost town along the way and got a chance to witness the gunfight that occurs every hour. The cowboys seem to take a strong interest in Daniel's mohawk during their downtime.

    Dan and the cowboys at the ghost town Carrie at restaurant wallpapered in dollar bills Kids in front of Superstition Mountain

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    Phoenix Public Market

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jul 25, 2009

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    If you are in Phoenix and you just want to buy some local goods from local farmers and maybe some stuff from local artists and craftsmen, then just head off to Central and McKinley --- at this area, they have the Phoenix Public Market every Wednesday from 1600-2000 and Saturdays from 0800 to 1300.

    It is fun going to this Downtown Phoenix Public Market, but during summer, we prefer to go during either early morning or during the early evening times. It can be tiring walking under the heat!

    Twins cheering for Diamondbacks, Phoenix Downtown
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    Where to get BEER in Phoenix!

    by jumpingnorman Written Jul 24, 2009

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    With party-loving ASU (Arizona State University), the Metro Phoenix Area does not have a lack of places where to get a good beer! I don't drink but I do know a lot of travellers look for that good pint of beer - so here's a list I found from Arizona Quick Guide and I will also add more as I see them around!

    We live near the Yard House in Glendale which has 150 drafts drawn from a keg room to the bar...this is a west coast chain which actually boasts of having the largest beer selection in the world! Found in Scottsdale Fashion Square in the east side, and at Glendale's Westgate on the west side.

    AZ 88 7353 E Scottsdale Mall 4809945576
    Carly's bistro 128 E Roosevelt St, Phx 6022622759
    Delux's 3146 E Camelback Rd, Phx 6025222288
    Four Peaks Brewing Company 1340 E 8th St, Tempe 4803039967/Frank Lloyd Wright and Hayden Rd, scottsdale 4809911795
    The Rose and Crown 628 E Adams St, Phx 6022560223
    Orange Table 7373 E Scottsdale Mall 4804246819
    Papago Brewing Company 7107 E McDowell Rd Scottsdale 4804257439
    The Roosevelt 8816 N 3rd St, Phoenix 6022542561
    Sonora Brewhouse 322 E camelback Rd, Phoenix 6022798909

    Jumpingson playing minigolf in a Scottsdale resort
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    Explore other cities

    by HeidiR Written Apr 10, 2009

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    The Phoenix area is huge, it was once separate towns and cities but now in reality all the places have merged into one. So when I say I live in Phoenix I don't, I actually live in Chandler, which is a rather big town/city near Phoenix.
    So when traveling to Phoenix and looking for tips I urge you to type in places like Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert to name a few and get tips about all these cities. each one has something slightly unique about it.
    For Chandler is the home of historic downtown Chandler who hosts a variety of events such as the Farmers market, Jazz festival, multicultural festival and more. we also have a great number of parks (Tumbleweed park is fantastic for children and hosts the Ostrich festival in March), Desert Breeze has a train at the weekend.

    Mesa has a small childrens museum and dinosaur museum, I could go on but this is the right place

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    FREE Group Yoga everyday in Phoenix!

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 8, 2009

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    Well, I really don't do Yoga because I think I am not flexible enough (but I do like lifting weights and cardio stuff!)...

    But, Phoenix is such a great place it has FREE Yoga for everyone if you do wake up early (before sunrise) to join the Yoga Phoenix at Guru Nanak Dwara Ashram (don't even ask me what that means)...

    But this daily ritual includes meditation, chanting and of course, YOGA!

    Monday through Saturdays at 0340 AM; Sundays at 0430 AM...REALLY EARLY!!!

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    Ice Skating and Hockey Rink in Greater Phoenix

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jan 31, 2009

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    Public Ice Skating at Desert Schools Coyote Center

    Also known as the Polar Ice in the city of Peoria where we used to live. It was nice being near such a nice place to bring the kids to. And with real estate market boom of 2005, I just up put up a sign outside our house (FOR SALE BY OWNER) and sold it in 2 weeks!

    So, we are glad we were able to visit this skating center several times before we moved out of the area. For the twins' third birthday party, we rented 3 continuous party rooms in front of the ice rink and the video arcades. There is also a Sbarro pizza branch in the complex.

    The Polar Ice is home to several hockey leagues and figure skating clinics, and also offers several hours of public skating.

    Front of our house near Polar Ice which we sold
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    Casinos in Greater Phoenix, Arizona

    by jumpingnorman Updated Oct 26, 2008

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    For those who love to gamble, Vegas is four hours away from Phoenix. But there are also places that are much closer!

    First is the Casino Arizona, which also hosts a lot of entertaining shows. There’s almost 1000 slot machines, lots of blackjack and poker tables. Plasma TV’s also broadcast international sports.

    Loop 101 and McKellips Rd
    480-850-7777
    Second Location at Indian bend & Loop 101

    Then, the other famous casino is Fort McDowell Casino which offers free entertainment on top of the gambling. It is located at Hwy 87 & Fort McDowell Rd (2 miles north of Shea). The Fort has five dining choices which includes the Verde River Buffet which the New Times 2005 voted as “Best Casino Buffet”, open daily for lunch and dinner. The Fort is also the Valley’s home to Rage in the Cage (hardcore fighting) and Bad Boy Boxing!

    Son in Arizona preparing for New Orleans at 1 y.o.
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    West Gate Center - fountains galore

    by jumpingnorman Written Oct 26, 2008

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    My family and I are here almost every week at the Westgate Center where you will see Belllagio-like fountains (of Las Vegas) – well they are smaller, but still a very nice fountain to watch.
    If there’s a game, it is sometime broadcasted through a giant screen over the fountains.
    The American Idol contestants and the recent winner held concerts here and met their fans.
    The Westgate Plaza has shops, restaurants like Kabuki and the Yard House, and several bars including Jimmy Buffet’s Maragaritaville (has jerk chicken and coconut shrimp! And Cheeseburger in Paradise). It is beside the big University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, college football’s Fiesta Bowl, with retractable roof and roll-out grass field) and the equally immense Jobing.com Arena (home of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes) where I have watched fighting matches like the gory “Rage in the Cage” before. The other night, Metallica just had their concert (Oct 2008).

    My favorite places to have a snack with the kids is at Johnny Rockets, Shane’s Grill for the best tasty ribs and a nice sandwich place (Wich a Wich? Did I spell that right?).

    Further, the stadium was the center of attention during the Superbowl Football match held this year, 2008 (Super Bowl XLII, February 3, 2008). It was amazing that there was not much traffic at all as the Glendale traffic enforcers did such a great job!

    Westgate Plaza, Glendale, Arizona Westgate Plaza, Glendale, Arizona
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    IKEA Swedish experience in Phoenix

    by jumpingnorman Written Oct 26, 2008

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    All of us have seen the minimalist furniture and houseware of Ikea, and the East Valley boasts of a huge building containing a lot of Ikea’s merchandise.

    There is even a restaurant where you can have Swedish stuff, including the famous meatballs. During afternoons when we just want to stroll around looking for little things to shop for, we just head off to this nice building and end up buying a lot of stuff!

    The kids after shopping at IKEA

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