Has anyone else noticed how Jimmy Fallon always comments that there is a “hot crowd” now that he’s on the Tonight Show? And so the crowd cheers louder because he may be saying that they’re physically attractive but really he may be commenting on their general liveliness? Well (to transition this thing over) we’re always a hot crowd here in Phoenix now that the days are mostly in the 100 to 100 degree range. It’s like a long-standing joke on us (until September when we then laugh at the rest of the country).
We got up early a few weekends back to see if hiking was still feasible in this heat. The Valley had a layer of smog when we were only 20 minutes in and not very high up the mountain.
The sun started baking us and we called it a little early to head back home, drink all the water we could find and generally lay about.
The heat means I open the doors to send the dogs out and in a few short minutes I see this out the back door . . .
So we let them back in and then they generally lay about the place. Like so (Sophie, who finally learned how to use pillows):
And so (a princess and the pea Shenanigan when I piled up the dog beds so our robot vacuum could be unleashed in the bedroom):
One benefit of the heat is a 50% discount offered to Arizona residents for visits to Taliesin West. JT and I thought the first tour on Saturday morning (9am) might be nice and empty but it was packed instead. So it was a little difficult to take pictures due to the throng of fellow architecture enthusiasts we were surrounded by.
The tour was interesting, the sun was hot and I enjoyed nosing around. As this was Wright’s winter home, he left a lot of the structures open with only canvas as a covering for a few years until his wife convinced him to go with glass.
I found a handsome man on the tour …
A sculpture I liked . . .
Oh, you wanted me to turn around? (Picture fail)
A picture of a picture (heading into the dinner theatre area – what don’t you have your architecture students/servants put on a dinner theatre for you on your winter vacation?)
(Sidenote: I didn’t realize my hair was getting so long . . .)
The view towards McDowell Mountain. You can definitely see where Wright got his inspiration! Time to get back inside and away from the sun’s burning rays! Cheers – CT