The waiting period at the lab was longer than we anticipated and we weren't out and ready to eat until 11!!! Our plan was to have breakfast and then do the Desert Botanical Gardens. Best laid plans.
Instead we headed into old Scottsdale and lunch at the hotel we stayed at the very first night we arrived in Phoenix/Scottsdale some 45 years ago. I remember it was a really great little hotel beside the Arizona Canal.
The Valley Ho was built in 1956 by architect Edward Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It changed hands a few times through the years, fell on some hard times but has been restored and rejuvenated, reopening in 2005.
|Dave walks through glass doors from the outside portico to the lobby|
inside the outdoor lobby.....its quite a place!
We sat outside and enjoyed a lovely lunch at their retro and very cool restaurant, ZuZu.
Inside is outside, indoor benches and seating seem to move through windows and continue outside.
It went downhill from there. We wanted to drive around Scottsdale and see how places we'd enjoyed in the "beginning" had changed. What we ended up doing was driving in lots of traffic through areas that were completely unrecognizable to us. My, my, how Scottsdale has grown in these past years.
Too many people, too much traffic, too much!
After a quick stop at the Orange Patch for some fresh orange blossom honey, we headed back to the peace and quiet of home. I had a headache and all I wanted was to take a nap....white wine with lunch is not a good thing I think.....or was it the traffic, or the heavy orange blossom fragrance in the air?
|one foot down|