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Arizona Visit

Thursday, November 29, 2018

I traveled to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and his wife; my sister Mindy flew in to join us. I drove from Oregon; it was a LONG journey (over 1200 miles each way). I saw some beautiful scenery along the way.

Deer at a wildlife viewing area

WIld burros on the road (near Death Valley)

Colorado River above Lake Mead

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner.

My brother has always enjoyed model trains. He is creating a model of Telluride in the 1880s; he has meticulously built by hand many railway cars, buildings and other structures. It is still a work in progress, and I enjoyed seeing the wiring and framework of the design.

A highlight was a visit to the Heard Museum of Native American Art. The museum has a wonderful collection of jewelry, pottery, and artifacts.

Mindy and me in the sculpture garden



The special exhibit at the Heard featured Henri Matisse and Eskimo masks. A friend shared several of these masks and photos of native people with Matisse, and the artifacts inspired him to do a series of sketches and drawings. The Matisse works displayed were very different than his famous colorful paintings; they were black and white and very simple. I liked the actual Eskimo masks very much.

Here are a couple of the Matisse drawings; sketches of a young woman (plus the original photo of her).

I'll close with a photo of my sister, brother, and sister-in-law at a restaurant where we had a good meal and stunning views. (Sorry the photo of my family is poorly lit; my siblings are reluctant to pose for photos so I only got this one photo on the final night of my visit)

View from out the window


I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!

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    688 days ago
    Hi Alison........
    Thank You for sharing your photos with us. I talked to my childhood friend just the other day (she lives in Chandler, AZ) and asked if her husband was thinking of retiring. She said that He will NEVER retire. His first job in Arizona was the Heard Museum. When a museum is in the beginning stages of being built from scratch or being under extensive renovation, Mike is the man who goes to people and organizations to raise money for the project. He has headed several non-profit projects. The Heard was his first. The Mohammed Ali Museum was also one of his biggest ventures. He is originally from WI. and flew from Kentucky to WI. for a meeting. He came to our house for supper and while we were visiting, we just couldn't get over the fact that he had had breakfast with Ali and supper with us!!!

    When Ken was in Alaska, he brought back an Eskimo mask made from leather and it is still one of my favorites in his collection. I can't wait to show him your Brother's buildings. They are unbelievable!!! Ken has always been interested in trains and the accompanying scenery and will love these.

    So glad that you had such an enjoyable visit and glad that the weather cooperated for a safe journey.
    690 days ago
    Fantastic trip-great time to visit Arizona! We are planning to drive down mid December and see our Son and family. I'm very excited to go south this Winter. Thanks for more motivation to ready for the trip! Love the burros of Death Valley! Think we will take the coast route like last year.
    691 days ago
    Love the pictures, Alison. The museum looks fabulous. I really,enjoyed visiting Death Valley a few years ago, and remember the burros. I’ll show Peter the pictures of your brother’s layout. Perhaps it will inspire him to do more work on his own.
    691 days ago
    What wonderful pics and a fun trip for you!
    691 days ago
    Great photos! I especially love the scenery along the way. Looks like a great trip!
    691 days ago
    What a lovely trip! Thanks for sharing!
    691 days ago
    Thanks so much for the pics. Interesting to see Henri Matisse paired with Eskimo works. (Who would have thought?) Glad you had a wonderful holiday trip.
    691 days ago
  • LOF7203
    The pictures look incredible, sound as if you had a great time.
    691 days ago
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