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ARIZONA, 2019 – part 1
We are in the South-West of the United States of America at the southern border with Mexico, Yuri and I, traveled from Las Cruces TX through the l-10 with our Airstream trailer.
We spent almost two months in Arizona, and I already miss the giant cactus, the excellent Mexican food, and its vastness.
The license plate of the State of Arizona cars is clear: we are in the state well known for the Grand Canyon, in the background a symbolic graphic of deserts and cactus. So: if you love the mood, fix a trip to these places on the agenda.
Which are the places not to be missed?
We start from the Grand Canyon, a National Park of breathtaking beauty. The Grand Canyon is in Northern Arizona, just North Flagstaff. There are no words to describe the wonders of this canyon carved by the Colorado River. It’s 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide. The view is unique and immense. I would say almost mystical. Yuri, who does not like to photograph landscapes, has had a drive and in front of so much vastness, created “Grand Empty” Grand Canyon Arizona 2016, starting a new photographic series that will call Human Light Messages.
U.S. Route 66: Walk along one of the most legendary ways of Mother Road, still existing from Flagstaff to Kingman before the border with California. When we say, The Road Is Life. Here we are. A paved road with a giant logo in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles of deserts, endless horizons and skies full of clouds like paintings. One stop is due to Kingman. We stayed at El Trovatore Motel where James Dean and Marilyn Monroe were guests. Clark Gable married in Kingman in 1939. The town is renowned for the arrest of Pamela Anderson while she was laying semi-undressed in the middle of the street at the 4th Street & Andy Devine Avenue, for a Playboy photo shoot. It was 1992 and it is said that she was taken to prison and was asked to write a letter of apology.
Change view and go straight to the South!
Saguaro National Park is located a few miles from Tucson, in the Sonora desert. What are the Saguaro? 🤔 The Saguaro is a giant cactus, a national plant with the classic candlestick shape, a universal symbol of the American West. A wonder for the eyes even to non-botanists. Its dimensions come to impress, the highest and existing Saguaro today exceeds over 40 feet in height and 10 feet in perimeter. These plants grow only here, in this part of the world bordering Mexico. Do you want not to get there? What cactus! We moored American Pie inside the park, in a pitch surrounded by giant species. The sunset gave us an original show for which it was worth getting here. We stayed for 3 nights with no electricity. We didn’t need to. We were enough. ❤️
Since we are in the Tucson area, do not want to visit the city? It is a real revelation. Movie scenes: low masonry houses, giant cactus everywhere in the city streets, vintage shops but also shopping centers like in Melrose Place Los Angeles. You can feel a very different time. Life is good in Tucson, and for the mild weather in winter, people from North Americans come to Tucson to get through the cold season. Now, however, you have to live to experience all of the 50s. Go to Little Anthony’s Diner: best frappé in town. We also celebrated Yuri’s birthday last November 29 with Elvis Presley at the console or what’s left of it. The food is very American, so I not very light. I recommend trying the milkshake.
I could keep on writing of Arizona…
It is a state of countless naturalistic landscape. There are canyons, deserts and mountains.
Arizona for 🌵🌵🌵 lovers.