FROM HAIKU, MAUI
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A Stewards of the Blue Star Earth Mission
U.S. Mainland Healing Journey
Great Lakes, Sedona, Great Kiva, Mesa Verde, McDowell Mtn, Camelback Mtn
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Back in Phoenix: At Arizona Biltmore
Plus, Father's Day in My Old Neighborhood of Arcadia
PHOENIX, Arizona, June 16-17 - Our Saturday morning drive from Flagstaff back to Phoenix was a breeze compared to what we had been through on this trip. It was a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning. Well, crisp turned into sizzling by the time we reached Phoenix. The temperatures were moving up toward 111F. But I loved it. I have always been a "desert rat." And I seem to thrive on heat that tends to drive other people mad.
Since this was the end of our trip together, we decided to treat ourselves to a weekend at a beautiful resort. The Arizona Biltmore, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1920s, is the jewel of the desert as far as I am concerned. Well, it used to be. Before they built all those ugly condos around it, and desecrated the gorgeous tiled pool with water slides and other modern gizmos. Still, our room was far enough away from all modern hustle and bustle. And it had the view of my former "home mountain" - Camelback (right), in whose shadow I spent most of my nearly three decades in Arizona.
When I lived in Arcadia, one of the few "green" districts in the sprawling metropolis that Phoenix has become, I used to belong for about a decade to the fitness club at the Arizona Biltmore. So to me, it felt like a homecoming. But Elizabeth has never been there before. So we spent the first hour or so on a tour of the place's rich history (all U.S. presidents since 1930 have been there, except for Obama). But for the Reagan's, it was practically a home away from home.
You see, Nancy Reagan's parents (Dr and Mrs Davis) used to have a home on the Biltmore Circle, a posh neighborhood on the Biltmore golf course. So whenever duty did not call, the Reagan's would fly into Phoenix to visit them. Alas, nowadays, even the Biltmore Circle is no longer as beautiful as it used to be. Guess modern architecture and I just don't get along...
Arizona Biltmore - Photo Album
The following day (June 17), after driving Elizabeth to the airport (she was off to visit her family in Corpus Christie, Texas), I toured my old neighborhood...