|Christmas was merrier with the visit of Ales and Ling of Phoenix, Arizona!|
|Superstition Mountain and Bill and Carol + the Saguaro|
Phoenix is the fifth largest city with a population of 1.6M, following Houston, Chicago, LA, and New York (in the reverse order)! Because of relatively warm and sunny winters, its suburbs abound with good RV Parks. We particularly like the Viewpoint Ridge RV Resort that surrounds a 9-hole executive course plus adjoins an 18-hole golf course. It also boasts of 6 tennis courts, a ball field, a bar/grille and many other amenities for its 1,900 sites! It certainly competes with Voyager RV Resort in Tucson which has a grocery, massage parlor, two restaurants, plus many other amenities for its 1,500 sites! But, we have to wait for what we may find in Yuma and San Diego though before we make a decision!
|Canyon Lake on the Apache Trail|
|Elvis Chapel at the foreground with Superstition Mountain at the back|
I was actually surprised to find Phoenix a pretty city. Superstition Mountain on the Apache Trail hovered around us at the Golden Sun RV Resort. It is in Apache Junction, a Phoenix burb, where we stayed as part of our Thousand Trails Network. On the Apache Trail we found unusually scenic sites, even an Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Visitor Center and Museum. The chapel was blasted in one of the movies he made but restored for tourism. Then three lakes surround the Trail although we were only able to go to the first one, Canyon Lake. And part of the magic is the Goldfield Ghost Town where they reenact a 'gunfight' every day!
|Carol's looks probably knocked them dead!|
|Carol resting at the Hole in the Rock|
|Bill and Carol at Dobbins' Lookout, with a view of the city|
|Pueblo Grande Ruins right in the heart of Phoenix|
|St.Mary's Basilica in dowtpwn Phoenix|
Many unique architectural sites are also around Phoenix. The Tovrea Castle looks like a huge wedding cake and the waiting line is already up to April! The Mystery Castle is a Dad’s interpretation of his daughter’s fantasy! The Wrigley Mansion is part of the legacy of the chewing gum magnate. And Taliesin West is the companion masterpiece of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin East in Wisconsin (please see http://rvcruisinglifestyle.blogspot.com/2011/07/peeling-intriguing-layers-of-wisconsin.html ). Then, when we were atop the Hole in the Rock, we saw this glistening white pyramid atop the other Rock across the one with the Hole. We found out later that it is Hunt’s Tomb is where the very first governor of the state of Arizona is laid to rest in 1934 after a record seven terms. Both Rocks are actually part of Papago Park.
|Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West|
But the best part of our stay in Phoenix was the visit of Alex and Ling of Gilbert, Arizona, another burb in the city SMSA. Alex is the Global IT go-to person for Amkor Industries, one of the semiconductor companies that have a plant in the Philippines plus many others in Asia and here in North America. I was glad they were in for Indian food because I prepared one of Bill’s favorites, slow-cooked chicken tikka tandoori served with three kinds of naan. Ling who worked previously at BPI in the Philippines brought me lengua de gato, a favorite Filipino sweet cookie! And Alex brought special red wine for Bill! It was a night of chatter and banter, a trek down a Filipino memory lane. If we choose Phoenix, they will certainly be constant companions for Alex and Bill shared a liking for some guy things!