It’s getting to be about that time of year again, where every weekend hike in Phoenix could be my last before October. On those hot Phoenix summer weekend mornings where the outside temperature is 90 degrees before I’ve finished brewing my coffee, I don’t hike. I either go to the gym or, more often, stay … Continue reading Surprisingly, a sunrise hike in Phoenix never gets old for me
Apropos of nothing, here’s a random photo taken during a sunrise hike at Shaw Butte in Phoenix last year. We’re looking north from near the summit, with the residential communities clustered around Thunderbird Road and Coral Gables Drive appearing closest below. Usually the low brush appears brown and the rocks appear grey, but with the … Continue reading Just a random sunrise photo from Shaw Butte in Phoenix
A few hours short of seventeen days, and we’re back in our own home. A cold beer has been cracked, a first load of laundry has been started, and our bed is waiting.
Kathryn and I tend to be somewhat contrarian in our getaway planning. We’re often home when everyone else is away and away when everyone else is home. This Labor Day weekend is no exception. While millions of families have taken to the road to enjoy the last long weekend of summer, Kathryn has a petsitting … Continue reading A demanding Labor Day weekend in Ahwatukee
If you’re watching CNN or one of the other fake news channels this morning and seeing what happened in downtown Phoenix last night, you may be thinking to yourself, at least Curt and Kathryn weren’t crazy enough to be there. Hmm. Actually, we were downtown for about five hours last night if you include all … Continue reading The peaceful Trump event last night in Phoenix
I didn’t post my usual “we’re home” status update when we got in last night, so I’m posting one now in case any of you are considering alerting the authorities. I’m already back at the office, trying not to let my head bounce off the keyboard.
After talking a break for coffee and a sweet in Wickenburg, we’re home again in Phoenix. Our tea-time stop was someplace new for us, Bedoian’s Bakery & Bistro. It was a great place for a snack, but we didn’t find the 4 pm closing time particularly convenient in light of our 3:40 pm arrival. Fortunately … Continue reading Home, sweet home
This morning I drove Kathryn to work, her car being in the shop today for a minor repair. She typically leaves for work about 90 minutes before I do, so I decided to skip my usual breakfast at home and grab something to eat after dropping her off. I had a hankering for a sausage … Continue reading Excellent customer service at McDonald’s
We’re home in Phoenix. More photos and stories to follow later in the week.
It’s been an uneventful morning so far. We arrived at our parking lot earlier than expected, and everything went smoothly from there. The only irritation was the American Airlines kiosk that kept trying to upsell me before finally printing our boarding passes and baggage tags. The security checkpoint took only about three minutes. We even … Continue reading Boarding soon
We’ve had a relatively wet winter this year in Phoenix, and the desert vegetation is greener than I’ve seen it in a long time. Kathryn and I went out yesterday morning for a routine exercise hike at Shaw Butte, and she couldn’t help but grab some photos on the hike back down. The camera is … Continue reading Sunday morning hike at Shaw Butte, Phoenix
We’re home again, safely in Phoenix. More photos to follow eventually.
And we’re back in Phoenix after another successful 48-hour road trip to Las Vegas.
For the sake of completeness, here’s one last trip status update, roughly ten hours late: We’re home.
We missed our connection in Minneapolis by minutes. It looks like our baggage didn’t make it either. Luckily there’s another flight to Phoenix in a couple hours. We had a confirmed reservation on the later flight before we even stepped off the flight from Paris, but unfortunately we no longer have assigned seats.
We made the connection in Salt Lake City with about twenty minutes to spare. My view for the next ten hours or so: Kathryn and I are in window and aisle seats, which is quite nice. The plane is a Boeing 767. I’ll be incommunicado until Paris for sure, and more likely until our destination.
Our chariot awaits. Let’s see how quickly they turn it around.
We’re at the airport in Phoenix, and it’s time to give some credit where it’s due. First, when we arrived at the self check-in kiosk, we got a message telling us we were misconnected at Salt Lake City. The Delta personnel who resolved the situation were patient and friendly. After having the agent check several … Continue reading Credit where due at Sky Harbor, particularly to TSA
Monday night I was able to relive my teenage years at the Guns ‘n Roses concert at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. What a great show!
I’ve been to University of Phoenix Stadium several times before, but this is the first time for a concert. The first opening act is on the stage right now. The crowd is slowly trickling in.
Once again, we’re safely home in Phoenix. The weekend really flew by.
For the sake of completeness, I’ll report that we returned safely to Phoenix yesterday morning. My mom met us at the security checkpoint, and our bags were already at the carousel when we got there. We arrived home in time for a quick lunch and a shower and made it to the last Mass at … Continue reading Home in time for a quick lunch and a shower
Seen at Sky Harbor this afternoon: Translation: If you submit to our thorough background investigation and prove to us you’re no threat to national security, we’ll let you leave your shoes on when we photograph your genitals.
I’m at Sky Harbor for a little while this afternoon, waiting to pick up my aunt arriving from New England. Terminal 4 has seen some vast improvements in its food selection over the past several years, but I’m seldom here long enough to enjoy them. Many of the national chains have been replaced by local … Continue reading Waiting on an arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Terminal 4