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Thanksgiving in Phoenix, New Adventure

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

I spent Thanksgiving in Phoenix with my brother Geoff and family. It was delightful to spend time with them.



Mindy and me

It was delightful to see my nephew Stephen and his girlfriend Chloe again. We got very close when they were living here in Oregon. They both have new jobs in Albuquerque New Mexico, and they seem very happy in their new location.



My sister-in-law asked them if they had any marriage plans; Stephen told her that they are thinking about it but are in no hurry.



Me, Geoff, Mary and Mindy at a restaurant

Mary invited us on a new adventure, a Segway tour of historic old town Scottsdale. The guide trained us in how to control the Segway and we practice in a parking lot before setting out on the tour. It was a lot of fun!









We also visited the wonderful Heard museum in Phoenix. They had a special exhibit of David Hockney‘s artwork, images of Yosemite that he painted with an iPad painting program. Here are a few photos from the exhibit. They also had iPads set up with the painting program, so visitors could create their own artwork. My family did not want to spend time playing with the iPads, but my inexpert doodle is now in the archive of visitor created art. I think I matched the skill of the eight-year-old seated next to me!









The Hockney exhibit was paired with exhibits of baskets created by native Americans in the Yosemite region. These were equally impressive.



My favorite basket included bear grass among the materials used in its creation. Bear grass grows prolifically in the Cascade Mountains near me.



I love the dramatic landscape in this area of Arizona. Geoff and Mary had recently re-landscaped their yard. It was beautiful and dramatic.









Mary, Mindy and I walked daily. The weather was cooler than normal, so walking was very pleasant. I did over eat, but I did not gain weight (whew!). I met my goal of losing 5 pounds for the month of November.

On my last day of our visit, we went to the movies and saw Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, based on a meeting between Fred Rogers (Mr Rogers) and a reporter from Esquire magazine. We thoroughly enjoyed it.



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  • JUDYAMK
    Oh my what a nice get together with family . I also love the table flowers did your family member do them? You look fab .Loved all the photos Thank you for sharing !!
    Judy
    7 days ago
  • CANDPDUGAN
    Looks like a fun visit!
    7 days ago
  • GOULDSGRANITE
    Thank you so much for sharing your great trip to Phoenix. I just love Arizona landscaping. Congrats on maneuvering the segways around Scottsdale. Adventuresome. Looks fun enough. emoticon emoticon emoticon on making your weight loss goal. Your plan is really working for you. emoticon You look great too! emoticon
    8 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Alison...……….As usual, you had a great time with your family and packed a lot of fun into your visit. I think that I have mentioned this to you before, but my best friend's husband is the man who had the most to do with everything about the Heard Museum. He is really passionate about Indian Art and especially about returning private collections to places like the Heard where more people can enjoy them. I can't remember how long he was the director but he moved on from there to create the Mohammed Ali Center. He is a very talented and creative man.

    How difficult is it to balance on the Segway? As a person who experiences Vertigo, I can't imagine getting on a Segway.

    Thank You for sharing your photos. My best friend had a yard very similar to your brother's when they lived in Phoenix.
    9 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    I love the pictures from the David Hockney exhibit, and all the cacti. I'm not sure I would venture out on a Segway, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    9 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    Looks like a lot of fun as had by all. Great pics too...thanks for showing them emoticon
    9 days ago
  • DNN_OMALLEY
    Nice pictures!
    9 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Looks like you had a very enjoyable time.
    9 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    My goodness...you sure packed a whole lotta fun into that trip!
    Loved the Hockney exhibit.
    I would be petrified to get on a Segway, or one of those scooters that are everywhere.
    Your photos are so lovely!
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    9 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    What lovely photos. Thanks for sharing them.
    9 days ago
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