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Updated July 17, 2012 - Back in Phoenix: At Arizona Biltmore; Father's Day in My Old Neighborhood

U.S. Mainland Healing Journey

Great Lakes (2), Sedona, Great Kiva, Mesa Verde, McDowell Mtn, Camelback Mtn

 

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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Foreword

It will take me some time to review and edit the raw video footage from and write the stories about our amazing U.S. mainland healing pilgrimage. So rather that have you wait for a complete "movie," I will start posting the "trailers" about each ceremony.  And not necessarily in any particular order. So we will continue our video journey with the two Phoenix area healing ceremonies - on Camelback and McDowell Mountains.

 

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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

Biltmore lobby with FLW original mural

Lobby

Gold Room - once one of the most elegant dining places in all of the U.S.

Egyptian mural in Gold Room

Gold Room today... a mere conference room.

Orangerie... second, more intimate dining room. It once had a sparkling ceiling like the universe.

Biltmore Sprites - also designed by FLW - with view of Camelback in background

Three Biltmore Sprites... :-)

View from our room

At Biltmore Shopping Center... misting helps, but nothing can cool 111F heat

At old pool...

Ugly condos around old pool

Ugly waterslide at new pool

At Havana Cafe dinner

 

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...

Father's Day in Old Neighborhood of Arcadia

Camelback Mtn as seen from Hopi Elementary school

I was gifted this baseball right next to my car

Our first Arcadia home...

Our second Arcadia home... totally unrecognizable to me

Old Mexican and his middle age son trimming palms in 111F

I stopped to give the old man $20 as my Father's Day gift

View of Camelback from McDonald Dr (north side)

 

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