There is a place near Phoenix with a very large fountain. I walked around and took some pictures. Here is the story.
“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen
I’m pretty sure I mentioned before that I think Frank Lloyd Wright is a genius. So I visited his Arizona home, Taliesin West.
It is a campus for graduate architectural students these days. They take on up to 35 students for a full year of training. And they live on campus and get to wallow in the creative spaces that FLW designed.
This one is for Asia, I know she loves dragons. It breathes fire at night when there are events going on.
He loved playing with shapes and shadows, as well as keeping things as organic as he could. You can see that in his design.
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard
I won’t tell! Well, maybe just a bit. I stayed at the Venetian. When I was checking in I was chatting with the front desk person. When he found out it was my first time in Vegas, he upgraded me to a suite with a view. Sounds impressive, but this hotel only has suites. I thought of booking one when I called, but it was $50 more per night, and well, I’m just too cheap! So here are some pics of the suite and view.
The bath was amazing!!!
It was late in the evening when I got in so I ordered room service. A salad and club sandwich. Sooooo much food!
A lovely day in Venice? Nope, just inside the shopping area of the Venetian. I wandered around the area and didn’t take many pictures.
I stopped at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam on the way back to Phoenix. I’m exhausted from all the traveling!
Awe, the grown up wind turbines had baby turbines! lol
“Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach
I only had a partial day in Yosemite.
I spent too much time on the coast and I had reservations in Vegas. I will be making a return to Yosemite, it was stunning, even though it was cold. My favorite shot!
There was ice and snow on the ground in places, so I haven’t completely escaped from winter weather.
This, (a coyote?) was walking around the visitors parking lot, with a friend!
And I really dislike tunnels!
“An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer
I went on a whale watching tour before leaving Morro Bay. I’ve always wanted to do one, for some reason I just never did.
We saw at least 4 different grey whales. They are on their Alaska to Mexico migration now. Not very good pictures, but it was so much fun. I just like being out on the water.
These are sea lions in Morro Bay. The guide on the whale watch explained the difference between the seal species, I just don’t remember!
I drove up the coast to Carmel and then turned East, heading to Yosemite. The central California coast is just beautiful, I could spend a lot of time here.
And it is far enough from the ‘big cities’, so that was even better.
I don’t know what these are, they are not the typical sea oats at least. The fuzzy part is 2 – 3 feet long. Maybe they are some mutant California form, but they are all over the hillsides.
There is a place just north of Hearst Castle called Seal Beach. There are tons, literally, of elephant seals. They just go about their day, doing whatever they want.
The beach is fenced, well actually the parking and viewing area is fenced, so I guess we humans are in the cage and the seals are free. I kinda like that!
My GPS died while I was here. I left the box and receipt at ‘home’ so I was a little worried. I found a Best Buy in San Luis Obispo, just a little south of Morro Bay, and paid them a visit. They completely replaced it with a new one, after finding the purchase record. I was so relieved!
California is having a big drought. These fields should be green and have cattle grazing in them. They farmers are actually having to feed them hay. I even saw a field that was being watered so the cattle could eat later. And see that big hazy area? That is a dust storm. The wind was brutal and I had to drive through a smaller dust storm.
“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace