Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

September 1998 - Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday September 19 we had an uneventful Air Canada flight Toronto to Phoenix AZ.
It was a twenty minute drive from Sky Harbor airport to the condo which is next door to the Princess - golf course of the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale.
We went to Carlos O'Brien's for lunch and picked up groceries before checking in.

Went for a swim!

Pre-digital scanned photos.

Went to Rawhide and drove around Camelback Mountain. Stopped into the Phoenician resort.

Checked out "golfy" places - Boulders GC, In Celebration of Golf store, Pro Golf, Nevada Bob's, Crackerjax.
John golfed at TPC Princess.
Went to the Marriott Biltmore Resort.

Tomestone - founded in 1879 by prospector Ed Schieffelin.

 It became one of the last boomtowns in the American frontier. The town grew significantly into the mid-1880s as the local mines produced $40 to $85 million in silver bullion, the largest productive silver district in Arizona. Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than seven years.

Within two years of its founding, although far distant from any other metropolitan area, Tombstone had a bowling alley, four churches, an ice house, a school, two banks, three newspapers, and an ice cream parlor, alongside 110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dance halls and brothels.

It is best known as the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and presently draws most of its revenue from tourism.

Arizona Courthouse

Old Tucson Movie Studio
The studio was built in in 1939 when Columbia Pictures chose the Pima County-owned site on which to build a replica of 1860′s Tucson for the movie Arizona." Members of the local Thono O'odham native American tribe built the 50 original buildings in 40 days. Members of that tribe also acted as extras in that first motion picture.

We also went into Phoenix one day. Had a beer and great potato skins in Seamus McCafney's.

The highlight of the trip was a bus tour to the Grand Canyon, we left at 7:15 AM and returned at 9:30 PM, cost $107. It is about 225 miles each way.

Driving there.

Judging by my notes we learned about the desert on the drive.

We had lunch on the Navajo Reservation at the Trading Post in Cameron. I had the Navajo stew (just like Irish stew) and John the the Navajo taco.

The fog rolled in and out.

I had to buy a sweatshirt as it was chilly.

We stopped at Bo's in Camp Verde for dinner on the way back to Scottsdale. 


  1. Wow, thank you for sharing this adventure!
    I never saw the original movie, but the Star Trek-episode is one of my favs.

  2. ...the Grand Canyon is one place that I'd like to visit.

  3. How neat to see fog in the Grand Canyon!


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