Desert Driving....with some Architecture
Trip Start Dec 11, 2010
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We arrived into balmy Phoenix city centre around 10.30pm at night. With nothing organized we decided another night in a walmart carpark was necessary! We swapped cars in LA as we couldn't drive the wrangler any further so we are now in a Dodge Journey which is fantastic. Amazing fuel economy and super comfortable. Unfortunately not so easy to sleep in...but we moved all our bags to the front of the car and blew up the mattress for the back. Eventually we fell in to bed around midnight. Unfortunately we did not fall into sleep! After about 45minutes I hear from Phin "this really isn't working for me" haha I just laughed and agreed as we both in a pool of sweat as it was a sauna in the car. So at 1am we drove to find a motel and luckily found one 10min away for $31 -air con, a real bed and bathroom...ahh relief
The following day we had a big day of driving to the Grand Canyon with a few stops along the way.
1st stop was Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture school. He is considered a guru in the profession and he built a house outside of Phoenix with an adjoining architecture school which is used intermittently. An in-depth tour is available which Phin did for 90minutes and said was fantastic..apart from the abrupt tour guide. I spent the time sitting in a McDonalds stealing the wifi and skyping my brother, Anthony.
We then drove to a place about an hour north of Phoenix called Arcosanti. Arcosanti has only about 150 habitants and was designed by architect, Paolo Soleri. It is meant to be where architecture meets ecology and is aimed at reducing urban sprawl. Very little has been completed but it is designed to have 5000 residents and be self sufficient. Interesting stuff but a little kooky.
Back on the road again, we detoured through the Cocino National Park to drive through Sedona. The scenery was quite magical here, "red rock country" had rocks and cliffs lining the road as we drove through. We wish we could have stayed there and done some hiking as it was stunning.
We kept driving though to try and get to the Grand Canyon before sunset. We just made it...however by the time we got though the gate, drove to the main camping ground to discover it was full and then back to a camping ground just outside the gates...the sun had well and truly gone to sleep. We set up the tent and were off to sleep.
Very very sadly I have misplaced the sd card which has photos of San Diego, Phoenix, Architecture stuff and part of Sedona. :( may have to downoad some off google
May 14 Update
Phin: Sea World; probably the best place I have even been in my life!...seriously! GET THERE! ASAP! Now in Phoenix... Looking for Walmart! Zzz"