Our adventures in Wonderland, aka Arizona, continue.
Yesterday, Lloyd and I took Wendy and Randy to do the tourist thing in old town Scottsdale. We were disappointed to find the museum there was closed, but there were lots of other things for us to see.
I really liked this doorway to a shop selling western items. The metal saguaro cactus and sunflower help the string of dried peppers guard the door.
The main corner of old town Scottsdale is graced by a lovely white shining mission dating from the early days of the settlement of the west.
By the way, Valentine's Day marked Arizona's 100th anniversary of joining the United States of America. Happy Birthday Arizona.
Along the trail, Wendy and I met some lovely Mexican beaux. Being the younger sister, I laid claim to the younger looking fellow.
While Wendy cozied up to the comfortably aged, bearded, long-haired fellow. Aren't we happy girls!!!
Eventually though, Wendy and Randy showed their true natures and posed for their 'real' pictures!!
I loved this street sign.
There were lots of metal sculptures depicting life in the early days of the west but I'll just include one of them here.
Randy and Lloyd in front of a statue of a boy jumping up on a horse behind his father.
The old town Scottsdale is a beautiful place to visit. Scottsdale is known for being inhabited by the rich and famous, and not-so-rich and not-so-famous, "the" place to live if you're socially ambitious in Arizona. We drove past Mercedes, Mezaratti, Lotus, Lexus car dealerships, beautiful estates, grand shopping centres, and even a McDonald's or two! All the while having fun in our low-brow way.
I like the way so many towns and cities in Arizona remember and honor their wild frontier origins. You're never far from nature in this amazing state.
After we left Scottsdale, we went to the Desert Botanial Gardens for some rugged desert sights. It's different every time we go there. I'll post more about it later. Tomorrow we're heading to Apache Junction and Canyon Lake where we'll take a riverboat tour of the "Junior Grand Canyon". See you when we return.