Friday we drove down from Flagstaff, AZ through Sedona, then into Cave Creek/Phoenix, AZ where we spent a few days at my aunt and uncle’s place. Yesterday was mostly our Sedona wanderings, but today we went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, as well as the attached Butterfly Pavilion. Both were pretty nice to wander around.
For my birds and bees… The bumblebee is actually from a Best Western parking lot in Sedona where we parked solely for the purpose of borrowing their free internet during lunch. The yellow butterfly we also found on our wanderings in Sedona (in the outside world). The 2nd and 3rd butterflies were from the Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, and the hummingbird was also from the gardens, although he was teasing my by flying everywhere, and it was pretty hard to snag a picture of him.
Here are some pictures of the botanical gardens in general; they had all sorts of cactus, with some integrated glass art from a guy named Dale Chihuly. I thought I wouldn’t like the glass art, because some of the stuff I had seen in pictures looked like random Christmas ornaments thrust upon cacti, but I enjoyed some of the pieces that were a little more discreet.
After that, we had some delicious Travis-made bacon-wrapped filets. Tomorrow we head onwards towards Tuscon, AZ for a short stop, and then to Silver City, New Mexico. We had been planning to work our way northwards through New Mexico and stop in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, but we had a change in plans which requires us to be in Houston, TX by this Friday, so we’re taking a more direct route across New Mexico and Texas.
Arizona was a fun time though, and of all the places we’ve been so far, I think it’s one of the places I wouldn’t mind living; however, I hear this is the best time of year to visit Arizona (not too hot yet), so I guess I’d have to see how hot it gets in the summer before I could say for certain.