Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
26Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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After a nice long chat we got ready for our day out... Robin had chosen to go to Tempe again so with maps and timetables in hand we set off on our free trolley bus rides to the nearby city.
Climbing up the Volcanic Tempe Butte, otherwise known as "A" mountain in the centre of the city was a challange we could not miss. The highest point of Tempe Butte stands at 1,496 feet (456 m) in
elevation, while its base is approximately at about 1,000feet , recent alterations include two water tanks on the south flank of
the butte, giving us access to the
manmade structures at the top with good views onto the east side of the butte which was partially excavated
in order to accommodate the construction of Sun Devil Stadium in 1958
Originally, the letter on Tempe Butte was an 'N', built by Tempe Normal
School's class of 1918. The school changed its name to Tempe State
Teacher's College in 1925, and the 'N' was adapted into a 'T'.
Subsequently, three years later, the school would change its name again
to Arizona State Teacher's College, but the letter 'A' would not appear
on Tempe Butte until 1938. This 'A' was destroyed by a bomb blast in
1952, prompting the construction of the current 'A' in 1955. The letter
is made from reinforced steel and concrete, and is an external structure
rather than being carved into the mountain or whitewashed directly on
After our climb back down we enjoyed delicious tacos in one of the many restaurants in Mill Ave and browsed a few shops before a look at Tempe beach and deciding the weather was too cold to risk taking a boat out on the water..
Mark and Svetlana came to dinner with us in the evening, to a very nice restaurant in the art quarter of Scottsdale despite being the only people in there, it was very good service and good home cooked food. Mark gave Robin his card and his present will be revealed in the next blog...
I know this is 3 months over due but hey we have been busy...!!