Friday, March 09, 2018

A We'll Be Driving Miss Daisy Weekly Link Round-Up

In a little over a month, our niece Daisy will be visiting from England, and I've been making a list on the computer in preparation. She was here two years ago, and we packed a lot into the two weeks that she was here. A lot of it was done by road trips to the northern third of the state. We stayed in hotels for three or four nights, and when I made those reservations, I learned that there's no such thing as a "slow/cheap" time for hotels and motels in Arizona-- especially if you're booking two rooms each night. Yikes.

Deborah DeWit's "The Traveler"
This time, I intend to stick to things to see and do primarily here in the Phoenix area and only do day trips elsewhere. It's not as easy as you'd think. Why? Because there's so darned much to see and do in this state! There's the Phoenix Zoo, Butterfly World, the OdySea Aquarium, the Heard Museum. We can go to Black Canyon Lake where we could get snowed on, or feed the Stellar's jays and ground squirrels lakeside. She can go ziplining over giraffes and other critters at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde and see Montezuma's Castle on the way. There's the Arizona Science Center with its Pompeii exhibit. The Phoenix Art Museum. The Penske Racing Museum. The Superstition Mountain Museum. The list seems endless. She's also going to meet the stylist who cuts our hair (exciting, huh?), be taken to dinner by a local author, and... there's the CozyCon at The Poisoned Pen just before she leaves.

No, I didn't run through everything on my list-- like hanging out at home and taking advantage of the pool. It's an embarrassment of riches, but I suppose that's much better than not being able to think of anything to do at all.

Before I take another look at this list of mine, I'd better mosey on out to the corral. These links have things they want to show you.

Head 'em up! Mooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • Wouldn't you like to be the woman who found out that the statue she paid $100 for is actually worth $100,000? 
  • Is the fall equinox the secret to the pyramids' near-perfect alignment? 
  • The Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 lives on at the American Indian Museum.
  • An ancient statue of a Nubian king has been found in a Nile River temple.
  • White settlers buried the truth about the Midwest's mysterious mound cities. (And if you ever get the chance to visit Cahokia, you should.)
  • The ruins of an ancient Roman city have washed up on the Turkish coast.

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • This butterfly recently returned to Scotland, and now it's laying eggs. (Its cousins visit my garden regularly.)
  • Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health. (Good! I need all the help I can get. *wink*)
  • New dinosaurs are being discovered in record numbers, and it's changing everything we thought we knew.
  • Do trees talk to each other? (Avatar, anyone?)

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. So glad Daisy is coming to see you two again! You'll have a lot of fun and all those places you listed sound worthy. Especially CozyCon! Enjoy!

    1. We will! Want to come over and help me clean up the house? ;-)

  2. I know you'll have a great time with Daisy, Cathy - she's lucky to have you two. Now, off to visit those mound cities...

    1. Those mound cities are fascinating-- and to think that sites like these were being plowed under! Makes my blood boil.

  3. I remember when Daisy came to visit you and Denis. I thought when she left to go back home, that you missed her. I also remember she went to the PP with you and met some authors. She enjoyed the Emergency Desserts book by Laura Bradford. She is lucky to go to Cozy Con with you this year. More authors to meet! Glad that she is coming back for another visit. Sounds like there are many things to do. You have really taken to the state of Arizona. I know you grew up in Illinois. You mentioned I think one time that you worked in Colorado for awhile. You love Arizona and what it has to offer. Your day trips sounded wonderful!

    1. Close, Lynn-- I lived in Utah for about three years. :-)

      I happened to say this to Denis just the other day. All the time I lived in central Illinois, I knew it was home, but that was just a statement of fact. Back in the early 70s when I was sitting outside a Stuckey's on I-40 and saw a hummingbird sitting on a branch, I began falling in love with Arizona. When I came to Phoenix, I finally knew I was Home.

  4. So nice Daisy is coming to visit. You will both have a terrific time.

    And there is so much to do in Phoenix! It's incredible, like New York. But you have the Desert Botanical Gardens (and cafe) and that bird sanctuary you wrote about and posted photos of. Those two places would wear me out for awhile.

    But there is so much else to see and so much to do. Amazing. Who knew? I certainly didn't know about Phoenix's wonders.

    And the trip to the PP will be the icing on the cake, so to speak.

    1. Phoenix has to have something besides its weather to lure hundreds of thousands of winter visitors each year. But if there's ever any major event occurring here, all the television stations seem able to show viewers are sweeping vistas of saguaro cacti. Some of us know better, though! ;-)


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