Mystery Castle – A Monument to Enduring Love

Phoenix, Arizona.

Boyce Luther Gully loved his wife and his daughter. When he was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and not wishing to expose his family, Boyce left his Seattle home without telling his wife and daughter why or where he went. He found himself in Phoenix in the late 1920’s and started building a house. Given a diagnosis of only six months to live, there must be something good about the dry desert air. Continue reading

Painted Rock Petroglyphs – Signs of the Ancient Ones

Gila Bend, Arizona.

About 20 minutes south and west of the small town of Gila Bend is a petroglyph site and campground. The outcropping of rocks on a small hill must have been an attractive location for the ancient ones to “commit graffiti.” The campground in the desert is near one of the largest collection of Hohokam petroglyphs in the region. Over 800 images, mostly on the east side of the hill tell a written story of the people of the area. Continue reading

The Great Train Show – All Aboard for Model Train Fun

Phoenix, Arizona.

A chance notice online alerted me to The Great Train Show happening one weekend in Phoenix. It’s an annual occurrence at the Arizona State Fair Grounds. No, it’s not about real trains, it’s about model railroading, those small “train sets” that hobbyists go overboard building in basements, spare rooms, and even outdoor gardens around the United States. Who could resist stopping for a visit? In Phoenix, several different groups brought and set up small (and not so small) railroad setups. As you can see in the opening photo, it’s not just about trains, it’s also about miniature cities, rural areas, and other scenery designs. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creativity

Phoenix, Arizona.

This week Ann-Christine asks us to share something demonstrating creativity and her post features some beautiful floral floats from an annual parade in The Netherlands. You can read her entire challenge post here. As it happens, only a few weeks ago in my regular “Travel Tuesday” post, I featured a visit to the Dwarf Car Museum, a place where creativity in metal and motors is on display. Continue reading

But I Digress – Quilting a Photo

Desert Sunset – Quilt Art by Joan Jennings.

Buckeye, Arizona.

There are so many things I like about our winter home, the best of which are the “sunset in the desert” photo opportunities and, most importantly, the friendships made with others we’ve met since spending time here. Over the years we’ve met most of our friends through the hiking club we originally joined in 2012. Our friends are a mixture of both full-time Arizona residents and snowbirds like ourselves. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 21 April 2019

Gila Bend, Arizona.

Southwest of the small town of Gila Bend, a 12-mile long (19 km) mountain range that is easily accessible from I-8 on a paved road named Painted Rock Road. This photo of one of the peaks was captured about 10 miles (16 km) from exit 102. The distinctive color of this range is definitely different from the other nearby ranges. I’m sure a geologist could tell you why. I can just say that I enjoyed the sight of more brightly colored mountain views. Continue reading

Verde Canyon Railroad – It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Clarkdale, Arizona.

Regular readers of this journal have seen that when I have an opportunity, I “ride the rails”. Though steam is my preference, I have no objection to a diesel-electric tractor. It was only a matter of time before I found myself headed to the Verde Valley to ride a popular scenic route through some of Arizona’s canyon country. Continue reading