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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Phoenix Rising ~ 2012

The Phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird that can be found in the mythologies of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, and (according to Sanchuniathon)Phoenicians.

With a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (literally “sun-city” in Greek). It is said that the bird’s cry is that of a beautiful song. The Phoenix’s ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is immortal, though in some stories the new Phoenix is merely the offspring of the older one. In a few stories they are able to change into people.

Phoenix Trivia

  • Phoenix is the United States’ sixth-largest city

  • Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches

  • The average annual high temperature is 85 degrees

  • Phoenix averages 300 sun-filled days a year

  • Greater Phoenix has consistently ranked among the nation’s top destinations in the number of Five Diamond/Five Star resorts

  • Metropolitan Phoenix has more than 45,000 hotel rooms

  • Phoenix/Scottsdale was rated the nation’s top hotel destination by Zagat Survey of frequent travelers (1997)

  • More than 12 million people visit Phoenix each year

  • More than 25 million people visit Arizona each year

  • 62 percent of all Greater Phoenix visitors are leisure travelers

  • 38 percent visit for convention or business reasons

  • Phoenix’ elevation is 1,117 feet

  • Greater Phoenix is in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and covers 2,000 square miles

  • Maricopa County–where Greater Phoenix is located–covers 9,127 square miles

  • Greater Phoenix is home to 190+ golf courses

  • Three major professional golf tournaments have regular stops in Greater Phoenix: The Phoenix Open (PGA), the Standard Register Turquoise Classic (LPGA) and The Tradition (Senior PGA)

  • Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park covers more than 20,000 acres

  • The Phoenix area has more than 1,700 acres of parkland

  • Six lakes are located within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix

  • Phoenix hosted the NFL’s Super Bowl XXX, January 28, 1996

  • Metro Phoenix hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (college football festival)

  • Professional sports teams include Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Rattlers (arena football), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and the Arizona Thunder (indoor soccer)

  • Phoenix joined the ranks of Major League Baseball cities in 1998 when the Arizona Diamondbacks began play at Bank One Ballpark

  • Greater Phoenix plays host to seven major league baseball teams each spring as part of the Cactus League. The San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Anaheim Angels conduct their annual spring training programs in the area

  • Phoenix is home to many different motor sports. Included are Indy Car and NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway, drag racing at Manzanita Speedway, and boat racing at Firebird International Raceway

  • Phoenix museums include the Phoenix Art Museum (the Southwest’s largest art museum); the Heard Museum (Native American); Desert Botanical Garden (the world’s largest collection of desert plants); Taliesin West (home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation); the Fleischer Museum (American Impressionism); the Arizona Science Center; the Hall of Flame (featuring the world’s largest collection of fire-fighting equipment); Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park (Native American) and the Phoenix Museum of History

  • The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, including the largest kachina doll collection–donated in part by the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater–of any museum in the country

  • Arizona is home to 23 reservations representing 21 different Native American tribes

Now that you know a little about Phoenix, it is time to plan your vacation or Stay-cation if your a resident.  For a chance to win a getaway at one of 7 exclusive Greater Phoenix Resorts, click here.  You may be the lucky winner!  Depending on what your pleasure is, Golf, Hiking, Water Sports, Fishing, Relaxation, Spa’s, Nightlife, Museums or fine Restaurants, these Resorts will fill the bill.  Vacationing in the off peak season of summer is a great time to find outstanding deals at resorts valley wide.  During peak season, it is common to have resort room rates north of $300 per night, however during the summer months.  It is common to find those same resorts offering packages equalling $99 per night, with food incentives thrown in.

If your looking for Family Friendly resorts and spas you might like these.

Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale

Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort

JW Marriott, Desert Ridge

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

The Wigwam (A recent $8 million renovation is complete, and it’s beautiful)

The Pointe Hilton Resorts

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

In fact you might just see me at the Westin Kierland Resort in the evenings, listening to the Bagpipe player close the Golf Course.  It’s a fantastic way to experience the beauty of Scottsdale.

If recreation is more your style, you might like to check in to one of these great Resorts.

Carefree Resort & Conference Center

JW Marriott, Desert Ridge

Millennium Resort, Scottsdale

The Wigwam

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa

And one of our favorite things to do is to be Pampered, Phoenix is home to some of the highest rated Spa’s.  You might try any of these to help you in your quest to reduce your stress.

Montelucia Resort & Spa

The Boulders (one of my favorites)

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

The Arizona Biltmore (one of my favorites)

Happy Travels


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