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While in Arizona
January 23, 2015, 4:31 pm
Filed under: Biography, Personal Adventures
Old Man Cactus

Old Man Cactus

Arizona is a remarkable place, so I’ve concluded that I ought to remark about it. The three of us flew out there to meet some friends for a conference (which was tremendous), but some of the extra-curricular activities deserve comment.

I spent an afternoon with some friends at the cleverly-named Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. What a place! Weird, wonderful cacti and other succulents, many of which were on the verge of blooming. My sincere thanks to Pastor Chris Leavell from Grace Baptist Church in Tempe for sharing this treat with us! It was a stark treat for a Wisconsin native who is used to ferns, hardwoods, and mushrooms, which are beautiful in their own right.

I also went hiking several times, usually with the wife and daughter, and we saw some truly breathtaking things together. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon now. I would characterize it as a “broad handsome ditch” with all due respect to Mr. Lessing.

We also went to Sedona, avoided the health crystal salespersons, and bee-lined for a local butte to do some hiking. Our daughter, at 16 months, felt that her sense of taste was the best way to enjoy the landscape:


If you ever find yourself in Prescott, I highly commend Watson Lake to you. It is utterly phenomenal, like someone stacked immense granite dinner-rolls haphazardly, and festooned them with stubborn vegetation. Locals fish, hike, and feed wildlife here. It is a worthy place.


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I recommend Montezuma Well for next time. It’s a lovely little oasis and it hardly gets any visits at all. Only thing to be aware of is that the water has a high arsenic content.


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