When I grew up, city pools were simply that - a big pool with a couple diving boards. Here in the 'burbs, the pools are like mini amusement parks! This one is the Pecos Pool, and those pipes are a cool water spray feature. Notice the beach style entry, and of course the water slides - there's another cool water feature off to the right that I couldn't fit in the picture. The best part is the cost - less than $5.00 gets the whole family in!
There is a great exhibit at the Phoenix Zoo where the giraffes live peacefully with all kinds of other animals, meant to look like a scene right out of Africa. I liked the way this picture turned out with the canopy of trees overhead.
I took some shots as we were flying back into Phoenix yesterday; this is a shot of the Tempe Town Lake, and the mountain is called "A" mountain, since it has an A on the side for ASU. During football season, students have to camp out on the mountain to protect the A from being painted by the rival team from down at the UofA in Tucson.
This is part of a large mural at the Mesa Southwest Museum displaying what's known as the five C's of Arizona economy - climate, cotton, cattle, citrus, and copper. The museum itself is a great place to visit with kids or without, with a three story animated dinosaur exhibit, panning for gold, a real old Western jail cell, and more.
These are part of the Papago mountains - this road leads to the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden, both great places to visit when you are here. The mountains are fun to hike around, and there are a lot of picnic areas.
All over town, there are these beautiful Palo Verde trees in bloom - we don't get much for Autumn, but these trees make up for it in the Spring - the Palo Verde tree is the Arizona state tree, in case you were wondering!
OK, this was from a year ago, but I thought this would be a fitting Friday the 13th post - these mountains were right around the Cave Creek/Carefree area. Click on the photo to enjoy the contrasts between desert and snowy mountains