Scottsdale, Arizona

Today we headed off to Scottsdale for some sight seeing.  Scottsdale is a very pretty town and well worth the visit.  We parked in the Fifth Avenue district where both sides of the streets, in a six-block area, are lined with stores focusing on arts, crafts, and jewelry.  The center of
Fifth Avenue is home to the famous Bob Parks horse fountain which I found out later is one of the most photographed sculptures in Scottsdale (and I didn’t disappoint).

Bob Parks horse fountain sculpture

Bob Parks horse fountain sculpture

Also steps from Fifth Avenue is Fashion Square which is said to be one of the largest and most upscale shopping malls in the entire Southwestern United States.  Of course hubby steered me away from there so I can’t tell you what it was like.

We caught the trolley on Fifth Avenue and headed over to Old Town a neighborhood within downtown Scottsdale that has the feel of the Old West with restaurants, shopping, and western bars. Most of the buildings have a history going back to the 1890’s and it was really interesting to walk around and take in the sites.  Once we were done we took the trolley back to pick up the truck and head back to the RV park.  One thing that really impressed me in Scottsdale is that parking, for up to three hours, is free!  I don’t remember being in the downtown of any city recently that has free parking.

Little Red School House 1909

Little Red School House 1909

One of many beautiful gardens in Old Town

One of many beautiful gardens in Old Town

On our way back we made a detour to get fuel and found a great conservation area that was full of cactus in their natural habitat, so we had to stop for a walk and many pictures.  We have been admiring the Saguaro cactus along our travels and were happy to finally see one up close.  They are very slow growing cactus and a ten-year-old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall.  They can live for 150 to 200 years, grow 40 to 60 feet tall, and fully hydrated can weigh between 3200 to 4800 pounds!

Interesting cactus

Interesting cactus

This Saguaro Cactus was at least 35 feet tall!

This Saguaro Cactus was at least 35 feet tall!

Scottsdale was a great place to visit, we will be back!

Until next time …

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