Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Garden Theme



A bit of a theme has appeared in the garden this year..


My wildflower garden was suddenly a sea of yellow and purple. 

A bit of an unusual color combination, but I didn't mind it!

The Allium bulbs that were planted last fall had sprouted up as fluffy purple spheres. 
And the lone foxglove from last spring had certainly multiplied.







It's interesting to watch what color themes emerge from the garden. It's always changing.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Desert Watch Tower


Along the edge of the Grand Canyon, the Desert Watch Tower stands out. A rocky beacon rising tall above the trees. 

Designed to look like the remnants of a tower built by an ancient civilization, the structure was completed in the 1930s and contains a gift shop and many observations points overlooking the Grand Canyon. 



A circular staircase rises up four stories of the petroglyph covered tower. 















Another reminder of how cold it was!



It was fun admiring all the charismatic petroglyphs on the way to the top.  The Desert Watch Tower was definitely an interesting stop along the rim of the Grand Canyon. 



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Walk Down Heidelberg Street



Heidelburg street, in East Detroit. 

I had seen many pictures of this house and when I found out it was in Detroit, my homeland, I had to go.



I didn't realize how big the Heidelberg project really was. It consumed the entire street. 


The abandoned houses in the surrounding neighborhood stood intimidating against the cold grey winter sky.  I'd seen rows of abandoned houses plenty of times before, but this was much larger than that.  Many of the seemingly abandoned houses were not quite abandoned though. There were signs of life inside, even if the roof had fallen in.  

It was one of many neighborhoods that got left behind. Forgotten as the rich parts of the city grew.







Tyree Guton started this project in 1986 when he returned from the army and found the neighborhood he grew up in, in shambles.

The goal of The Heidelberg Project is to bring communities together, and improve lives through art.

It was easy to see that this project brought a whole mix of different people to this neighborhood, who might have otherwise stayed far away.













It was a cold day, but as we walked around the sun began to come out and warm the street where people were working to rake up leaves, and as the artist continued to work on his never ending art project. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Monument Valley


When planning a trip to the desert, Monument Valley almost didn't make the list.

It was a bit out of the way from other sights and didn't seem possible to fit into the tight itinerary. But we ended up extending our trip one extra day, which meant an evening could be spent at Monument Valley.

  I barely knew anything about Monument Valley, but when it got added to our trip I was so excited.  It seemed like a place I had to see!


The day that ended at Monument Valley was a long one.  It started off before seven AM at the frozen Grand Canyon, and after a quick frigid morning walk and a hot breakfast, we packed up the car and were off down the road that curved along the Grand Canyon rim.  I didn't think the drive away from the Grand Canyon would take as long as it did, but stopping at nearly every overlook to admire the canyon views could not be avoided. We continued through the crazy desert landscape of northern Arizona, an area that ended up being my favorite part of the trip. I wished we could have spent more time in some places, but Monument Valley was waiting. 
After many hours of driving, it was nearly five PM and we were both very tired  and nearly crazy from being in the car so long, when we finally arrived at The View Hotel.




Soft Navajo music was playing throughout the hotel lobby, big windows overlooked the towering monuments that were glowing orange in the setting sun. Everything felt so calm and peaceful. I wasn't sure I had ever been in a place as peaceful as this before.


Every room at The View hotel has a balcony which overlooks the vast rock formations that make up Monument Valley. Except for the lone car traveling occasionally down the dirt road, there wasn't another soul in sight for as far as the eye could see.



After a little walk around the outside of the hotel, it was time to head to the restaurant inside the hotel for some traditional Navajo food. This was where we first discovered Navajo fry bread. 

Navajo Frybread is delicious, and so was the taco filling that was contained inside mine.











After diner we stared out at the monuments as the icy night arrived.

Monument Valley ending up being on of my favorite stops on the trip despite it barely making the list.

  Some day I hope to return to this place for a longer visit.