23.10.2014
We enjoyed a few hours of shopping, then stopped at a Starbucks for some of that strong nectar.Then, we walked back along the boulevard to the Doubletree, enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures. Frank Lloyd Wright first came here, in 1937 at age 72, to found a Winter sanctum, to cure his ailing lungs.He ,his wife and acolytes camped in tents for four years, until the prarie-style masterpiece took shape and was completed. The foundation that runs the property is a functioning architectural firm, that admits 11 architectural students a year to mentor with working architects.
The line of cars, waiting just to enter the Grand Canyon, was an hour long.We sat patiently, awaiting our turn.
We were approaching the Glen Canyon Damn.The huge project had created a 200 mile long Lake Powell and filled the huge Glen Canyon to the top with the water from the Green, the Escalante, the Colorado, the little Dirty and the San Juan Rivers, over a 17 year period. After lunch, we saddled up in the back of two very large pick-ups for a tour of the valley. Kanab, a small metropolis of eight thousand souls, had been an outpost for the early Mormons, who ran their buisinesses under a “United order” concept, something like a benevolent socialism, where “each got according to his need and gave according to his ability.” I found it interesting to see this pocket or socialism so deeply embedded in the American West.
We stopped by the Zion Lodge for breakfast and then returned to our room to put our bags out and prep for the day. We photographed some interesting rock formations named “Watchman,” “Altar of Sacrifice” and the “West Temple.” They are all Mormon Themes and reflect the religion of the early settlers of the area. After “T.I” as it is now called, we walked to the Mirage, former home of Sigfried, Roy and their Tigers. We caught an early dinner in the Zanzibar cafe, at the Alladin, before setting our for a walk along the strip to the Luxor and our show for the evening.
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We were headed for the very pricey “Fashion Island Mall.” The sun was shining and it was warm and in the 60’s out.
Low slung and angular, the house, in Wright tradition, seems like it is part of the surrounding land itself.
First year students are required to sleep in tents, for a year, to get the feel of the land and the wind and their relationship to the buildings.
We had salmon and a glass or two of cabernet, as we chatted and became acquainted with a table-full of fellow travellers.Everyone seemed amiable enough and would prove to be good travelling companions over the course of the next week.
We packed our bags and put them outside the door.Then, we set off for a sunrise walk to the Canyon’s rim. An all female city council and mayor had first appeared here in the late nineteenth century and done a good job for the town too. In brief, after an uplifting had raised the Colorado Plateau, from beneath an inland ocean to the 8,500 foot level, rivers and winds had eroded a huge portion of the upraised Colorado plateau, shaping it in the form of a Grand staircase, that runs from here, in Bryce Canyon at the 8,500 foot level, down through Utah, Arizona and Nevada and finally reaching the floor of the Grand Canyon at the 3,000 foot level. We waved to several of our fellow travellers and then were seated by “Jonathan” at a nice table for six. We crossed over the time zone into Pacific Standard Time and all set our watches back one hour to accomodate the change. At the Alladin, we bought some quarters and fed the video poker machines for an hour, enjoying a glass of wine, as we threw our money away. He went to graduate school at Boston College, became a social worker, got married, raised four children, got elected to the Clinton Board of Selectmen and over the past years, has watched three wars unfold on his television screen. They then start to sprout “arms.” The Cacti can grow to enormous size, live without water for up to seven years and exist for over 300 years. Sited on the brow of a desert bluff, (Taliesin is Welsh for shining brow) just below the crest of a nearby Mount McDowell, you can look out over 90 miles across the desert and seeTuscon,on a clear day.
Second year students have to design and build their own quarters.They also work the kitchens, to be familiar with what design elements should be incorporated in well designed kitchens. Jewlery shops, art galleries and the entire array of tourist support structure lay waiting for us.We browsed several of the stores and bought some decent Indian jewelry.
Whole families took up tables for eight and ten and were busily going through the various psycho dramas that families endure at dinner time on vacation. We stopped for a brief time at the visitor’s center.They have all manner of schema on the dam’s functioning and its construction.
They were big enough to have a knife and fork in their fins, as they wolfed down the floating cheesbits.


I think the hotel manager has to kick some butt here to get ready for the coming tourist season. There are vast coal deposits there, a source of much wealth for Navahos in the future, should they elect to expolit their most sacred site. Each had on snow shoes, with iron pitons attached to the bottoms, for gripping the slick ice. Along the way, weirdly beautiful shapes of all sizes and colors had been created by the forces of erosion.
The traffic was building heavily as we entered Las Vegas.The place grows yearly by leaps and bounds, reinventing it self in the process. We walked down to the Venetian Casino and sat down for a light supper and a glass of wine in a small cafe, bordering the canal.
The sidewalks were thickly jammed in front of the Casino, with other griswalds waiting to watch the show which appears hourly.
Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and 'Harry Potter'.
The entire area is set in the huge Sonorran Desert that stretches for 2,000 square miles all around us. Wright also held many soirees at the school, so that prospective students would become accustomed to socializing with wealthy patrons and learn how to secure commissions for work.The man thought of everything. Most of the rest of the gang had just arrived, in the last few hours, and looked pretty tired. Then we settled into the “Canyon Breeze,” on their open back deck for lunch, joining Gerry and Muriel. The vistas, back across the valley, were awesome, not comfortable for acrophobics on the narrow road. We rode back up to the lodge, then returned to our rooms for a half hour break, before we were to set off, in the landcruiser for Monument Valley, deep in the Navaho Reservation.
Harry Goulding had taken pictures of the colorful Buttes and traveled to Hollywood, in the early 1930’s.He camped in director John Ford’s office, until he got in to show him these great vistas. We browsed through Denny’s., had some good coffee and delicious maple fudge and then took pictures of ourselves standing in front of a large wooden bear and a replica of an old stage coach. They were pine-panelled and pleasant enough, with views to the Virgin River just across the grassy entrance way. We watched a parade of gondoliers singing for their tourist fares, as the poled up and down the small canal. We entered the Luxor and retrieved our tickets for the evening performance of “Blue Man Group.” ($105 each) A tram took us back to the storied castles of the Excalibur and we then walked along the strip, past New York, the Monte Carlo and other palaces.
We managed to get to our castle in time to change the clocks back for the Spring time change. We enjoyed our narrated tour through the small and nautically designed living and sleeping quarters, admirng the many unique architectural features that brand the man a genius. We enjoyed their rust-red beauty and took photos of ourselves with the rock formations as backdrops. In a brief time we reboarded the bus for the short hop over to the Bright Angel Lodge, sitting right on the Canyon’ s Rim.
Ford was so taken with the area, that he, John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Ward Bond filmed several classic Western epics in the valley. The Utah area, comprised formerly of native Paiutes and Utes tribes had first been scouted by the same Spanish priests, who recconoitered Arizona, Fathers Escalante and Dominguez in the late 1700’s. In that the Emerald Grotto trail wound upwards for several hundred feet in elevation, we drew a by. We would love to visit here for a longer time and spend a few days wandering the hiking trails. We walked back along the boluevard to the Bellagio and stood waiting for the hourly “fountains dance.” In a small lake out front, computer controlled fountain jets orchestrate an hourly dance of fountain sprays, accompanied by classical music. For $19 each, we sat down to coffee and an enormous selection, of every type of food available, in the many stations in the huge buffet. And he found relief and release in a yoga program designed specifically for war veterans called Yoga Warriors International.


We had called the local tour company and arranged for a Phoenix city tour in the early afternoon. He had a feel for the land and thought of the house as a ship sailing on an ocean of desert. A huge landcruiser, from “Tour America West,” was parked out in front of the hotel, presumably our “ride” for the next week. We drove through a smaller Navaho Valley and enjoyed looking up at “Elephant Butte,” “The Camel,” “Mother holding child peak,” “Totem Pole Rock,” “Three Sisters” and “Mitchell Butte.” Even John Ford made the cut, with a Mesa named after him. Then, the Mormons came to this forbidding land in the mid 1800’s to develop it as a mining and agricultural complex, which it remains today. We sat for a time, at the end of the mall, waiting for the hourly performance of the “talking Roman staues.” They performed as they always do on the hour, never tiring of their own preprogrammed ribald comments and hearty laughter. Novel touches, like an acousitcally perfect recital hall, and reflected light everywhere kept our attention riveted to the house and the tour guide. It was a mind shift for us, to go from the grandeur of erosive stone to the manufactured brilliance of the enormous casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.
For $20 each, we wandered through the crowded gallery and admired several of Monet’s dusty mauve works of Cathedrals and seascapes. Huge forests, high mesas and mountain ranges, with suguaro cacti everywhere, are beautiful. Crowds of kids were headed to the Cinemas and more crowds of locals were off work for Good Friday.This is a very busy place, especially during the Summer months, when the outside temps can reach and stay in the 100-plus temperature ranges for weeks on end.
And then, we emerged into an even more fantastic lanscape.The Virgin River had carved the canyon into weirdly shaped formations. We laughed, thinking of doing a “Chevy Chase.” (standing and looking out across the canyon for 30 seconds, then walking back to the bus) It was a scene from National Lampoon’s vacation and we mention it often when we are touring.
For $10 each, we sat through a stomach lurching visual of an aerial ride over and through the Canyon.The photography was magnificent. We wandered around the huge gift store and adjacent art gallery, admiring the western and native trinkets and baubles.Except for the pricey sculptings and paintings in the Gallery, things probably hadn’t changed much from the time when beef jerky and oxen feed were the staples.
Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard.
The indians had learned to scrape away the dark, “desert varnish,” that is a form of algae, and leave inscribed figures on the rock faces, depicting animals, rain and other tribal mysteries. It had been a good, albeit brief, visit to a phenomena that would be here for eons after we shucked this mortal coil. The bus dopped us off and we scurried to our various rooms, to pack for the morning departure, settle in and crash from the long day’s travel. A former collection of huge citrus groves, and named for 19th century army general Winfield Scott, the area now bustles with 225,00 residents.
With PTSD, your emotions are ruled by what happened 20 or 30 years ago." Dziokonski originally took yoga to gain more flexibility.
As he practiced yoga, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were unfolding a world away, but were hitting close to home for Dziokonski. This is not the first time that the 85-year-old has raised eyebrows with his forthright views, as last year he had said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that "the Devil was at work in the Vatican".
We made our case, got checked in and even had coupons, provided by the manager, for breakfast tomorrow morning. It wouldn’t take a large mind-blink to revert back hundred of years here, to a land and a time when the gods of thunder had walked the earth and cast large shadows amongst and above the few primitives who huddled here.
Jon Greuel, an Air Force instructor pilot, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to November 2009 in collaboration with Cimini.
Dziokonski, who regularly attends a Thursday morning Yoga Warriors session, said yoga has returned to him a sense of calm, and has improved his sleep. Dziokonski and Cimini said the emotional impact the war has on returning veterans may not become evident until months or years later.



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