Rebels By Bus

Slow Travel With Low Carbon Footprint

Hello Sunshine!

You DON’T have to dump your car to be a Rebel by Bus.

Last week is a good example.  Like many died-in-the-wool Pacific Northwesterners, I love our green and temperate climate… however, come winter I crave blue sky and sunshine.  Around February I head somewhere for a dose of sun and warmer temps.

This year my destination was Sedona and Phoenix Arizona.  The red rocks of Sedona are simply breathtaking.  Every direction you turn is a new formation.  The angles and light exposures make every glimpse a new experience.

After a few days in Sedona, I headed to Phoenix (passing through Peoria to watch a Mariner’s baseball game, which was stopped after a couple innings due to rain:-0) I had two attractions on my list:  Taliesin West (winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect extraordinaire) and the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.  Taliesin West was very interesting; I thoroughly enjoyed the tour depicting the architect’s philosophy of houses and life.

Now the purpose of this post:  I used the Phoenix Metro bus service to get to and from the Desert Botanical Garden.  From the financial district of Phoenix (and next to both the Phoenix Art Museum AND the Heard Museum) I caught Bus 17, eastbound from Central Avenue and McDowell.  The adult fare side effects of semenax was $2.00.  The bus travels along McDowell for several miles.  I exited the bus at McDowell and 64th.  Directly behind the bus stop is a large “Welcome to the Desert Botanical Garden” sign.  I followed the rock lined gravel path which led me through the garden’s parking lot to the garden.  A huge trio of neon-bright chartreuse Dale Chihuly towers is placed at the entrance.  An Adult entrance fee is $18 (60 and older is $15.) 

After two days of rain and gloomy skies, the warm sun and blue sky were welcome.  The garden has several sections, such as herb, cactus, wildflowers, and displays and information about indigenous people living in the desert.

Trails wandered throughout the park, with vistas to distant mountains and hills.  Benches, playful sculptures, and comfortable patio chairs were scattered everywhere.  One of the most interesting sculptures was a collection of four huge faces, each comprised of fruits and vegetables from each of the four seasons.  Very colorful and clever!

To get back to where I came, I simply reversed my route.

I found the bus drivers to be exceptionally friendly and polite.  Neither driver knew that their route was next door to the Botanical Garden!

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