The Campers go to Town

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, January 14, 2011

We left camp around nine this morning on an excursion to Phoenix.  Our daughter, Lisa, recommended we visit the Desert Botanical Garden where she and Rich had enjoyed a good time.  The phone, our GPS, led us to Papago Park, allright, but it was a small neighborhood park with a nifty playground for the kiddies.  Since we had no kids, we searched with a bit of angst for the real place.  The GPS initially told us the site was directly on our right.  Unfortunately, we were cruising down elevated highway at the time.  After a bit of maneuvering, we found the place.

 The park itself displays several desert environments which exist in Arizona and California.  Each has plants indigenous to each area.  We were familiar with one, as we have spent several days exploring the same.  Others included agave and aloe plants which were new to us.  The herb garden, unfortunately, was under construction and won't be open for another two months.  We did spend about two hours or so in the area, as the photos below show.  I saw a hummingbird up close, but they are quick little creatures, as we know and the photo didn't turn out.  Birds abound there and we did get a few good shots.  

We  then left for the Pueblo Grande Museum in Scottsdale, a bit to the north.  Here the Hohokam (hohoKAHM) people lived from abut 400A.D. until 1450.  They were an agricultural folk and designed and built the largest network of canals of prehistoric times in North America.  As with numerous tribes, the also disappeared without a trace.  It's thought that either they were flooded out and later died a a result of drought due to destruction of their farming environment or that they were conquered by the Hopi people.  The site is VERY primitive and little remains that is photoworthy, thus no pictures were taken.  If you are into indigenous people, as we are, it's really worth a visit.

Leaving Pueblo Grande, we headed to a more modern edifice, the nearest Costco Warehouse, where we invested just enough to purchase several items, including paper towel, which were a challenge to stow in little "Shorty".  I then used the phone to locate a nearby Safeway store to purchase the remainder of our goods.  All in all it was another great day on the road.  It got to about 70˚, outside, but a breeze at McDowell kept the motorhome at a comfortable temperature.  Another day in paradise...

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