While it is not wise to wander the streets at night in mid Phoenix, a police presence is everywhere either by car or walking. Bright green and yellow taxicabs are everywhere and you could go hither and yon by climbing aboard the Metro Light Rail or the free DEE (Downtown Evening Express) although I never actually saw that.
Other transportation included the human-powered pedicabs. We hailed one of the many circling the area. “Erick” took us for a very pleasant ride through the streets and sidewalks (at breakneck speed so it isn’t for the fainthearted!) pointing out the various sights. He indicated two joyous tent festivals; one was the Chili Festival and another, both within walking distance. He drove us through the Arizona State University Campus where a wedding reception was in progress. A very nice ride for “tips,” agreed to ahead of time. It was well worth the $20. We had done this before in Victoria, BC, but they had many hills. Still, his leg muscles were impressive.
I was impressed with the orange-shirted “Ask Me” people who were on every corner and in between who answered all kinds of questions.
One morning I had a terrific bacon/egg bagel sandwich and coffee at the hotel bagel shop. I sat at an outside table, cooled by the hotel’s misting mechanism and indulged in my favorite pastime, people watching. Many benches and places to sit are situated along the streets (and they are clean). Desert trees, palm trees, flowers, plants, and many small gardens with sculptures also added to the ambiance.
Our last night neither of us were very hungry so we walked over to the Arizona Center and shared a Coldstone Creamery ice cream cup. Yumm!
You would not lack for entertainment or nourishment if you spent a week in downtown Phoenix. There are many parking garages and the airport is only four miles away. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, and the fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”