Africancrab in the Valley of the Sun

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Aerial view of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix

Did you know? Phoenix is one of the Nations fastest growing town and is the 12th largest metro area by population in the United States with 4,281,899 residents. Much of Phoenix is desert with such hot climates that in the summer it is a mind blowing 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees centigrade. With less than 65 days of cooler days, it is indeed a host of heat. I would advise anyone who really wants to enjoy Phoenix to try and come in the Winter months and gradually go into the summer. It is the Capital city of Arizona located in Maricopa County also known as the Valley of the Sun. Even though young in comparison to Chicago and New York, it is such a big city , crowded and with a road network that is mind baffling.

Phoenix, Arizona (2010)
I’m not particularly a fan of Phoenix, I will go there if I need to or for fun but I do not see me living in Phoenix full time. In the summer, Phoenix (Arizona) goes through a short storm season (mostly rain and sand storms).

The last few days I had the opportunity to see Phoenix from a Vantage point that many Arizona residents will never see: from the sky above aboard a US Airways flight. From the ground, it is not easy to actually see how wide spread Phoenix is and how populous it is. For two years while I did my Masters degree from the Grand canyon University, I struggled with finding my way out of Phoenix when it was time to go home: one particular trip I shall never forget, my girlfriend and colleague Jeanne and I drove to Phoenix to attend a Montessori Curriculum workshop. I always print a map, so I did this time as well, only I did not print a return journey map, I printed going to the location of our workshop.

Phoenix, Arizona (2010)
I figured I would follow the same route we used coming in, WRONG! If you have ever been to Phoenix, or known anyone that lives there, they will tell you there is always construction going on and detour is the Word of the day. Back on the road, it is 5:30 p.m. (rush hour in Phoenix is almost comparable with that in LA), Jeanne and I drove for three miles heading towards exit 51 ramp which would give us access to the freeway (Interstate), but exit 51 ramp was closed for construction. We took the next exit which routed us to the 202 loop from whence I had no idea where to go. Jeanne called her son who is resident in Phoenix, being a student at ASU and all, he advised that we needed to get onto Route 60 W which would then take us to the Interstate 10. We tried this and somewhere along the way, we made a turn and got lost once more.
Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix
I then called Jerry who advised we needed to get onto the 101 loop W then onto the 202 loop E and then the I-10. Well to cut the long story short, we spent 2 hours trying to figure out an exit out of Phoenix.

My next frustrating experience with Phoenix, was when I decided to meet the Phoenix Travbuddies at Iguana Macs in Chandler (I think I wrote about it too). It was August,2008 my friend Robyn (www.Travbuddy.com/freespirit3) put together a mini Travbuddy meet-Up at Iguana Macs. My friend from Casa Grande, James and I had lunch at ’On the Border Mexican Grill & Restaurant and decided to go find Iguana Macks. This time I did not print a Google map, I had no access to the internet let alone a computer.

Phoenix, Arizona (2010)
If you have read my previous blogs before you will know by now that I rely heavily on maps when I go to Phoenix or anywhere else that I have not previously been to (well sometimes I have actually been there and I still need a map, talk of being challenged geographically. Even though I have been to phoenix before, I have never actually been to Iguana Macks.

I decided to ask the attendant at On the Border Mexican Grill for the simplest and easiest way to get to Iguana Macks. He said we should get back on the freeway and head west (towards Phoenix) then take Route 60 East towards Tempe and then take the Alma School exit which is exactly what James and I did. The address we were looking for was 1371 N Alma School; we started off south and headed north towards 1100 and then 1200.

Phoenix, Arizona (2010)
Then the signs kept indicating higher numbers 1500 N, 1600 N, but after the 1600 N, it lead to the boonies and an option to get onto the 202 loops North or South. On one occasion we actually drove past the 202 freeway underpass and headed on until we hit Scottsdale, imagine that huh! It is laughable now, but back them when I was driving through the city trying to find the location, nothing was funny, I felt like coming out of my skin. James was probably thinking, ‘what the hell did I get myself into’ boy o boy did we get lost. We re-traced our steps back and started again, this time everything looked ok until we found ourselves on the 202 South loop. Long story short we did not make it and by 8:45 p.
Phoenix, Arizona (2010)
m. my cell was dead and I could not call anyone - all phone numbers are programmed in my phone. I will learn to keep numbers written and always carry a map. Could I have done more to get there? Well yes!, but I was too exhausted from the day’s heated hiking, sight seeing old town of Scottsdale, driving to and from Scottsdale twice and spending two hours on the road trying to find Iguana Macks. This is how challenging I find Phoenix, I hope I’m not the only one. I can not however neglect to say that the metropolitan city is quite beautiful when the temperatures drop below 85 degrees Fahrenheit, many places to go and the night life is exciting.

lockhart882000 says:
Thanks Dr. Harriet - I will take a plane to Phoenix then use public transportation. Your overview is enough to convince me. I will go there in the winter as well, again thanks for the valuable information.
Posted on: May 06, 2011
Africancrab says:
Thanks dear, hope you had a lovely thanksgiving.
Posted on: Nov 27, 2009
freespirit3 says:
Nice overview shots of Phoenix.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2009
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