IT'S 2024. WE AIN'T GETTIN' ANY YOUNGER! ALL VAGABONDS NEED TO TAKE A TRIP AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY AND DIVERSITY OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY!
Several years ago, we took a relatively short trip to the state of Arizona, and it was relaxing and even stressful at times. Of course, all travel is a perfect blend of relaxation and stress. When you see or experience something that affects your heart and your head it improves your perception of life. Of course, if you travel at all, you know that airports, delayed flights or less than helpful service people can create stress when you travel.
We landed in Phoenix just after lunch, rented a car and headed to the resort that I had reserved online for three nights. However, when we arrived at the resort, the person at the front desk could not find our reservation. Did I say something about stress? My favorite travel companion, the smartest female on the planet, Susie, looked at my Travel Notebook I had opened on the counter and said - we don't have a reservation here, we have a reservation at a condo nearby. The nice lady at the front desk gave us simple directions, we left, found the condo and it was perfect. So, we relaxed on the balcony and enjoyed a couple of glasses of vino to enjoy the view for the rest of the afternoon.
We decided to enjoy an early dinner at the famous Biltmore Hotel's premier restaurant McArthur's. This restaurant and hotel have a unique history involving America's greatest architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The hotel and the restaurant were designed in the early 1920's by a Wright apprentice Albert Chase McArthur. However, Wright was heavily involved as a consultant for the building and the details of construction. I must confess, we were on a fairly tight budget back then, so we didn't stay at this astounding hotel. It is currently a Waldorf Astoria Resort with prices that exceed any budget that is not extravagant. Prices go from $718 for a resort room with balcony to $2,134 for a Sky Stone Suite with king-size bed. Any self-respecting Nomad simply can't pay those prices unless you are just loaded.
Next week I will post Part 2 of our Arizona Trip to experience one of the greatest works of Frank Lloyd Wright - Taliesin West, the winter home and studio designed by Wright built in 1937.
In the meantime, I hope all Vagabonds are enjoying the New Year. Although, I must say, I loathe cold weather. But at least I live in North Florida, not Kansas.
Get it goin' Vagabonds. Thanks!