Day 2 - Mother's Day

Trip Start May 09, 2008
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Trip End May 16, 2008


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Monday, May 12, 2008

Since Sunday was Mother's Day, we decide to spend the morning of Day 2 at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.  Since we were still on Eastern Daylight Time, we arrived pretty early at the gardens.  We walked around, however, it became quickly apparent that today was going to be a little warmer than we expected and decided to visit only half of the gardens and get out of the mid-day sun.  The gardens were interesting to explore and I discovered the numerous names of the cactii that I would see later on in the trip.  After it cooled down in the later afternoon, we explored Old Town Scottsdale and the facinating shop of Gilbert Ortega.  The Ortega family has run their Scottsdale store for several generations and the collection that they have is mind boggling.  Yes, everywhere that you turned around in Arizona, somebody had jewelry for sale no matter were you looked (yes, even in the highway rest areas on the sidewalk).  Old Town Scottsdale is a great place to walk around, and some of the places are a bit too touristy, but fun none the less

As for Scottsdale, you could definitely tell it was a town with many individuals with high net worth.  Driving around town and while waiting at traffic lights, you would be surrounded by BMW's, Audi's, etc.  A nice point that I noticed was the lack of trash along the sides of every road, not just the main streets.  A road is not a road in North Carolina without trash along the side of the road or in the road.  Every street - Scottsdale Road, Hayden, Frank Lloyd Wright, Shea, Catus, Camelback, Loop 101 did not have any trash.  The only trash on the side of the road we saw during the entire week was on US 60 in Mesa and it looked like it blew out of the back of a truck (most of it was fiberglass and construction debris).  I doubt that the trash would be there the next day.
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