Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Phoenix Get Away Part II

     As I noted in the first part of this Exploring trip ---this is a very hard trip for me to post about.  I realize the pictures and the Exploring have not changed, but this was supposed to be a trip about just my beautiful wife and I.   And as the weeks go on since, with no replies from my wife, this trip is all the more hard to tell about.  I now have little clue how much she actually enjoyed this trip, but I had a great time.  And like all the times I look around work, and realize I am the only one laughing and or having a good time---is that not all that really matters?  I had fun.  For better or for worse here is part two.   For much more Exploring -my personal pictures, random rambling, and lots of coffee love please check out my first-and longest running blog page  at    www.wyomingjack.blogspot.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                       I can only hope there are many more pictures like this to keep filling my life                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Because this is just not that attractive and probably won't sell that many books in the future.                                                                                          
                          Maybe one of the worse pictures of my wife -ever.  I am usually the one that shows up deformed in 90% of pictures of me.  We had stopped downtown for me to get a picture, and on the way back up to the car I got this shot of her.   I guess I did not realize I was that bad a driver.   Although we were in a rental car, so my driving skills were definitely not as fine tuned as when in our own vehicles.  I guess if she looked like this much, I can see clearer why I am now single.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             At one point we stopped at one of the most ghetto Wal Marts I have ever seen.  And we have seen and worked at a lot of the retail giant stores through the years.   Above is storage lockers in the front of the store for customer belongings.  Something I have never seen before.   And had to snap a picture of.   Inside the electric carts each had extra tall poles sticking off the top---I guess so workers could locate the carts easier in the parking lots.  Or when they were being drove/stole zipping down the local side walks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                    A little down town Exploring   Even the bus stops are works of art.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                     I am not lion   I really enjoyed this trip  
                                                                                                                                                                     I am not sure what the above restaurant sells--and am not sure I want to know.   But they sell coffee  just to the left!   So it can't be an all bad place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                 I really wanted a picture of myself mirrored in this building    but whatever the building housed-- a lot of security roamed outside here.  And it was far to hot outside to run any.                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Near the amazing zoo is a very large park with several large ponds and streams running through the whole area.  As always any time I spot water in Arizona, I run towards it, jump in it, and or get pictures.  Maybe not in that order.     We have visited the zoo  years ago as a family and it is amazing.   But huge.  And after paying admittance it's very hard not to roam around all day in the intense heat   so you can see it all.  Tucson also has an amazing zoo--surrounded by a water filled park.  A much more manageable zoo---Several posts can be found about the Tucson zoo   on this very page!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                  I have written about spray paint a lot.  And feel that many times the art is amazing more so when you realize they are using spray paint.  And some times it is just pure crap--like when a mighty cactus or the local Mission church gets tagged.   I just thought the above was a neat contrast picture.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                               As I attempted to get this reflection picture in one of the many ponds a large fish jumped full out of the water probably snacking on protein filled bugs.   I than jumped back  before not aware that the ponds were stocked with fish.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 As the sun began to set  I found many rocks and such to climb on.  Fair warning I ran around trails and the open desert for awhile getting quite a few pictures.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So many trails   So little time!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  before and after
                                                                                                                                                                               Much of the large rock formations were full of residents waiting for the sun to set.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
This made me really want to Explore Camel Back Mountain the following day  But the morning started out very warm, and we kind of ran out of time on this trip.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                View from the top                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Sky view                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


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                                                                                                                                                                             Up close.  A tribute to Arizona's first Governor  And a neat picture.  Also quit a view from this mountain top.   As I turned around the sun was just beginning to set.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Each and every Arizona sunset & rise is amazing and has slightly different colors.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                     Time to jog back to the rental car as I got some parting shots. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next a quick picture filled Exploring trip closer to home.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               **HAPPY TRAILS!!**

Monday, August 8, 2016

Phoenix Getaway Part I

          **Editors/Writers notes:  Years ago my wife and I lived on the other side of Amazing Arizona and we did everything possible to not have to venture into Phoenix.  Recently we have had some great Exploring trips in the city   including Comic Con last year.  Something I was fascinated with, although I really did not think I was going to enjoy the event at all.   There is a full picture filled blog post about this trip for you to find and enjoy!  A few weeks ago my wife and I got a rental car and ventured to Phoenix for some much needed alone time.  Although this was a great trip, at least in my eyes, this trip was all about us being us.  And enjoying us.  At the moment we are not doing very well as an us at all.  And I am deeply afraid that US is a word in the past.  Whatever the outcome, I have been avoiding doing this post   because it is very hard to write it on a positive   Exploring filled light.   **                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For all the crap I have gave this city in the past   they have some pretty kool and neat -o man hole covers!   Although I do not wish to talk about why I was observing the ground.  Or how far into the road I might have ventured to get the above shot.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         Coffee really is a drug   Please notice the 420 address in the picture above.  I have lots of pictures from Starbucks across the country and have done many a post from the coffee joints because of there free Wi-Fi.  Kind of like Mc Donald's  I do not really enjoy there product more, but they have locations every where.   From my times in Washington and Oregon states, I miss great coffee and seeing water every were one looked most.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On the way into town we were sick of big city traffic and needed to cool off.   We had been to the Wild Horse Pass Casino several times in the past and this time decided to pull to the other side of the highway to another casino.  Not knowing they were owned by the same tribe.  This quickly proved to be a costly stop   But was still fun.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Front view without the angry guy in the red shirt obstructing the view.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still in Glendale I believe we followed road signs to a Motel Six.   When I travel alone I end up in Motel Six's across the country.  Usually when we are on a date adventure we splurge a little more, but had decided we could use the saved cash to splurge later on the trip.  At any rate this location was one of the few older versions that never seemed to get a remodel.  Much older.  On the way out   to find another Motel Six actually I had to snap a picture of the pool   above.  I have never seen anything like this in all of my travels.  The drive through for Arby's is literally just on the other side of the far wall for the pool!    Good times!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just down the road   still in Glendale I do believe   one of the many suburbs of Phoenix, to clarify   we decided it was time to stop and eat.  It was to hot to wish for a big meal yet  so we ended up at McDonald's.     I have a picture of this location because it is the only fast food joint I have been kicked out of.   I have been kicked out of a lot of places, including my biggest accomplishment to date, a bank in Aberdeen Washington.  Our whole family was kicked out of there it seems.   A story for another day   but never a fast food joint.  I owe them a nice long e mail to cooperate also    but until than here is the story.      We ordered our food  and not surprisingly my wife's order came up wrong.  I was still in a good mood when I returned it to the counter for a re make.    About twenty minutes later after tiring of hearing the workers talk about work shirt sizes and schedules I started towards the counter, when one of the ladies suddenly realized the burgers were not yet ready, and got them finished quickly.  I remarked about how long it took to make these burgers--maybe because the workers were so busy talking about other things.   As I walked off one of the ladies told the other "to ignore him."  Him being me   I stopped and returned to the counter.   Asking her to repeat what she had just said.  

                                                           Quickly reminding them both that I was the customer in this scene.   I was still very calm at this point.  But received no reply from either of the workers.  I than told them that if I said anything close to that to a customer where I worked I would no longer have a job.  In an attempt to explain customer service, another customer  that also worked there  tried to intervene explaining that the first lady was new to the job.  I said I had no beef with the new worker, but the one that had opened her mouth and wanted to talk to a manager.  The loud mouth of course was the only manager on duty.  So I asked for her bosses number and name and the number of corporate.   As she was slowly complying but asking me why, I stated that she was a dumb ass POS and her managers needed to know this.    That is when SHE decided I was being rude, and I needed to leave her store.  I tried to explain that I was simply reflecting her rudeness and great customer service  and was asked to leave her  store again.  I got my food and went to eat by my wife.   The four star manager kept staring at me from the counter, and than came to our table and again informed me that I needed to leave or she was calling the local police.   I should have let her dial   but fear those few lone rouge cops that think they are setting an example by being hard asses on assine issues.   So we slowly   very slowly got up and left.                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry for the long winded story  I just find it amusing.                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Calming picture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                           Interesting building just down from the motel we ended up staying at.                                                    I don't have pictures but the motel was actually very nice.  Although just down from it were some very run down joints.   Some no  longer open and just waiting for me to Explore inside the mostly boarded up doors  but time did not allow.                       There was also a very classy looking strip joint right up the road.  With a huge pink rhino in front   I snapped a picture of the beast  probably more purdy than any of the workers judging by the location, but I can not find the picture for anything now.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                   Bar/Restaurant just down from our motel.   We should have ate here because the parking lot was completely full every time we went by this place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                    Not sure what kind of food this place serves.   Not sure I want to know.                                                                                                                                                          
       This was also by the motel     a tourist trap that was not open any of the time we were in the city sadly enough.     Because it was a federal landmark this was as close as I wished to venture to the amazing looking building on this trip.  
                                                                                                                                                                     Down town off Mill Street.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I always get pictures when I find water in the desert.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
               Just across the bridge near the stadiums.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                  Back across the bridge   near the huge zoo   we watched the sun set. 
More like this in the soon published part II                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                        As always           **HAPPY TRAILS!!!!**