An August 2001 trip
to Scottsdale by diminor1929
Quote: While it's true...summer is EXTREMELY hot in Arizona-don't let that hold you back from spending some quality time here. Just plan your day,get an early start and allow lots of time for relaxing at the pool. You can beat the crowds and have a great time!
Hotel | "Sheraton''s Desert Oasis"
You must have a car, but once you are there, you may not want to leave! The elegance and luxury of the accomodations and pool area, combined with the beauty of Arizona and friendliness of the people, convinced us we should plan to come again!
(The only problem we encountered was that our smoke alarm kept going off late at night for no reason . . . several maintenance people checked it immediately, but no cause was ever found.)
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2002
Sheraton Desert Oasis
17700 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2002
Old Town Tortilla Factory
6910 East Main Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2002
Arizona Science Center
600 East Washington St
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
The various Southwestern Native American cultures are presented as individual and diverse civilizations, each with its own language, foods, economy, customs,etc...The lives of these indigenous people is very much connected to the land and what the land produces. The underlying philosophy of respect for land and each other is woven through the exhibits. There are videos,interactive exhibits, dioramas, a myriad of fascinating exhibits which present the various cultures in depth. You can spend hours/days in this museum! Allow enough time to appreciate it in its entirety.
The gift shop here is an absolute MUST to find one-of-a kind Native American treasures, music, books, etc... Native American guides from the various tribes are on hand to answer questions and provide detailed, sensitive answers to questions (and to provide help with making some of the take-home crafts constructed in the interactive exhibits). My niece and I struggled for 15 minutes at a bead-stringing exhibit, following the directions but failing to master the intricate design. We watched in dumbstruck amazement as a little Navajo girl, younger than age 5, stepped up to the exhibit and assembled the pattern in about 25 seconds. She looked at us with obvious pride in her accomplishment. We encountered this scenario several times during the visit and found that the Native American visitors-especially children-were more than happy to give us hands-on demonstrations of these crafts. While they are intitially shy and kind of nonverbal, if you communicate nonverbally and with smiles, they will respond.
Another fascinating experince happened while we were sitting outside on a bench in the courtyard. A Native American woman (possibly Navajo)) was making a call on her cell phone to her mother back home on the reservation. She was telling her mother that grandpa would have to take the tent poles back...they were the wrong size. She had evidently come to the museum, sought information and found answers to her questions. She was able to then relay the information back to the tribe via the modern communication! The museum has loads of examples like this where the old and the new show how they can live together and contribute to each other successfully.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2002
2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004