Back from Phoenix

We left for Phoenix Wednesday morning and decided to take a detour to the Biosphere 2 up in Oracle. It was a great facility and I learned a lot about what the Biosphere project was hoping to gain from their experiments; unfortunately, the property was just purchased by a developer and could be closing as soon as the end of the August. After leaving the Biosphere, we drove up to Tempe and did some creative sightseeing (my passengers thought I was lost, but I really knew where I was going ;)). We stayed at the Fiesta Inn and used that as our base of operations for the part of the vacation up in the Phoenix area. On Thursday, we went to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West facility where he taught young men and women his techniques in organic architecture. Later that day, we went to Old Scottsdale and met up with one of my sister’s friends and his grandfather for dinner. The evening was made more exciting when a restaurant down the street caught on fire! After leaving Old Scottsdale, Jeramie and Lauren went for a swim and I played with my camera without a flash. Friday was a lounging day since we had been doing things every day my mom and sister were here; we sat around and read at the pool and then went out shopping at the outlet mall later in the day. Lauren and I got home yesterday early afternoon and my mom and sister left Phoenix and arrived back in New Jersey last night. This past week was amazingly relaxing and just what the doctor ordered (even though Lauren and I are now somewhat sick from a bug my mom and sister imported with them)!



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