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Feb 17, 2021 - Battleship Arizona Memorial in Scottsdale

Today the VDO Photo club went to the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River. The memorial honors the crew of the battleship USS Arizona that was sunk during the attack of December 7, 1941. Each of the 1177 crewmembers killed is represented by a lighted post, surviving members are represented by a short post without the light. The posts are arranged in the exact shape and dimensions of the ship. The ship was 97 feet wide and 608 feet long. There is an actual part of the Arizona on display in the relic room.

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Oct 18, 2018 - Desert Botanical Garden

Today ended up being kind of an ad hoc day. I’d wanted to do a city sightseeing tour but discovered last night the one I had on my itinerary only booked groups. The only other thing I wanted to do for sure was go to the Desert Botanical Garden, but I wanted to do that at the end of the day. So I started out by stopping at the visitor’s center downtown. The woman there suggested the Phoenix Police Museum and the Wells Fargo History Museum. The Police Museum was small but kind of interesting. Spent an hour or so there. The desk guy there...

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Oct 17, 2018 - "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright..."

First item on the agenda for today was a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Last night we talked about doing the 10:30 tour but we finished breakfast by 9 and it was only a 15-minute drive so we thought we try to catch the 9:30 tour. Unfortunately, we found out when we got there that the next available tour was at 11, so we bought tickets for that one. Since we had some time to kill we ran back to the Heloise Christa Sculpture Garden, which was close to the hotel, that the ticket lady recommended. The tour at Taliesin was quite...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Standin' on a Corner

Interesting day weather-wise. We stayed at an Airbnb Bonnie had booked in Winslow last night. It was chilly when we got there, but this morning it was 38 degrees and raining. I ‘ve been traveling for 70 days and until last week in Valle, the only significant rain I’ve had was back at the Badlands the first week of the trip. Now it’s rained heavy twice in less than a week in the 2nd driest state in the country while Bonnie has been w/ me. What would you think? At any rate, the main, and only reason, to stop in Winslow is the Standing on a...

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Apr 8, 2018 - Desert golf and trail rides

Like all our other drives, Vegas to Scottsdale was very beautiful with everything from mountains to desert. These deserts had a stark difference from the ones we had seen earlier in our trip. A greater variety of cactus. Especially the Joshua trees and saguaro cactus. The locals told us there should have been a lot more flowers blooming but the drought out here has prevented that. We have been in Scottsdale for two days and we have thoroughly enjoyed it!! It is a beautiful city. Our first day was all about desert golf. We made a tee time...

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Oct 27, 2017 - OdySea

OsySea Aquarium opened in Scottsdale last August. They experienced a few glitches at the beginning so the girls and I decided to wait until now to check it out. Josie managed to get a deal on the entrance fee which normally is $50 senior price but we got in for half of that. There are a few unique features to this facility. The first was sharks swimming by as we washed our hands in the downstairs ladies room. The second was a very informative 3D movie about humpback whales. Most unusual was the carousel which reminded us all of a Disney...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Scottsdale, AZ

Mon, 05 Sep: A short run... We normally avoid driving on a major holiday like the plague. Today, the final day of the Labor Day Weekend would normally be no exception to that rule, except that in this case we had to make that exception. We got things ready for the road and pulled out of our leased lot at the Escapee's RoVer's Roost Cooperative. Once the car was connected and brakes checked Sandi rolled wheels at twenty past nine. We deviated from our "normal" route to Interstate 10 due to construction. That forced us to drive under the...

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2016 Travels

Jul 26, 2015 - Scottsdale, AZ - A Short Move to North Scottsdale

(Ron Writing) During the past four weeks we’ve had quite a bit more of that Arizona monsoon weather. We haven’t really had much rain in Scottsdale but many days of very high humidity. On those days the temperatures are usually a little lower but it’s nevertheless very uncomfortable – so much for that vaunted “dry heat” that Arizonans always remind you of when you bring up the hot summer weather. We had one unusually cool morning on July 10th. It was only 75° when we awoke so we shut off the AC for 3 or 4 hours! Aside from that time it’s...

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Jun 29, 2015 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Heat is On!

(Ron Writing) I guess I’d better get to work if I’m going to get a blog entry posted for June! It seems hard to keep at this when we aren’t traveling but I’ll fill you in on what’s been happening the past few weeks here in the valley. Yes, we’re still in Scottsdale and still keeping kind of busy with appointments for doctors, blood tests, infusions, and immunizations. Those appointments are becoming less frequent but still frequent enough to make it easier for us to just stick around here rather than trying to coordinate and schedule them...

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May 17, 2015 - Scottsdale, AZ - Updates

(Ron Writing) We are still living in Scottsdale attending to weekly blood tests, monthly infusions, and a variety of doctor appointments. We hope to do a little traveling this summer during the really hot months but so far that hasn’t been practical. We’ll see how things evolve over the next few weeks and update our plans accordingly. In the meantime we’ve found things here to keep us busy and the great thing about full-timing is that wherever we are, we’re ‘home’ so we pretty much do what anyone would do when they are home. On 4-25 we had...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Scottsdale, AZ - Updates From The Valley

(Ron Writing) I think I just set a new record for time between updates of our travel journal. But then it is a ‘travel’ journal and we just haven’t been doing any traveling. Here’s a summary of what we have been doing the past few weeks while staying in Scottsdale, AZ. A couple days after my last update I received the new multiple myeloma drug, Revlimid, that I intended to start taking on March 17. The drug has to be sent from a “specialty pharmacy” because it is an oral chemotherapy drug, is very expensive, and requires special handling....

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Mar 15, 2015 - Scottsdale, AZ - Updates On Our Stay in the Valley

(Ron Writing) It’s starting to feel more like summer than winter here in Scottsdale. While much of the country has had a colder than normal winter here it’s been just the opposite. We’ve been having above average temperatures and for the past several days it’s been about 12° above normal. For the past week or two we’ve been using the air conditioner for several hours each day. What a relief it is! Our schedule still revolves around my treatments and doctor appointments but I feel well so we are enjoying any free time by getting together...

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