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Scottsdale Spectacular on the Lake

McCormick Ranch, off Scottsdale Rd

You can’t miss this great light show on the east side of Scottsdale Road at the entrance to McCormick ranch…the great thing too was..

so many lights

…as I stood outside and got closer to the tree…walking on the grass toward it…what was I hearing…

inside the limbs and lights

…GEESE!!  There were what appeared to be at least a hundred of them floating on the lake in the darkness.  They did make themselves heard though.

Wonder if they were honking, “Merry Christmas?”



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Travel, The Sanctuary, Thankful

Spa Foyer, Sanctuary Resort

So many things for which to be thankful.  Today, I’m thinking of safe travels.  I wish everyone making journeys this turkey week a swift, good and safe experience.

Travel and holidays can be stressful so I’ve put together these photos from our stay last summer from The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  If you’re a local, it’s a wonderful place to rejuvenate and if you visit from out of town, you won’t be disappointed!  The grounds and the spa truly evoked “serenity,” it was a wonderful sanctuary.  Sharing serenity~

"Praying Monk"

Camelback Mountain is to the west of The Sanctuary.  Its views include this, “The Praying Monk.”  The photo is taken from within the Spa meditation area where the water running spills your cares away.  Ahhhhh…

I had the Wild Lime-Blossom treatment and all I can tell you is that I will definitely be going back!

View from in front of the room

"Praying Monk" from closer elevation, outside the entrance to our room

We stayed in one of the Mountainside Casitas – all rooms have a contemporary feel.

This resort is one of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.”




Master Suite

Master Suite

View north from the balcony

View north from the balcony

If you plan a visit, just to mention to you: the grounds are vast and hilly – you’ll be walking inclines (if you workout on an inclined treadmill or hike/climb regularly you’ll be in shape for this.  I recommend not wearing flip-flops – cramped calves!) It’s also mood-lit at night so you will have to tred lightly (they supply a small keychain flashlight which is great.)  They all have a golf cart service so you don’t even have to walk much if you choose not to.  I definitely recommend taking the golf cart back to the room after that massage!

No matter where you are, treat yourself well (be thankful for you!) and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Weekly Sushi Fix

Sushi.  Can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it yet.

White Monster Roll at PURE

White Monster Roll at PURE

It’s my thing.

I also appreciate the decor in sushi places.  Contemporary, clean, minimalist.  Except for the places that are strip-mall tiny with plain chairs that have those burgandy color seats which stick to your legs when you wear shorts. Plain restaurant chairs with anything but plain restaurant food.  That’s strip-mall sushi.

Tonight’s venture was not strip-mall sushi, it was to “PURE” (north).  We were complaining that we were really in the mood for “Kamehachi,” a restaurant in Chicago, but tonight were we in Scottsdale.  We’d never been to PURE so we decided to check it out and we weren’t disappointed!  The decor was minimalist but interesting.  Mixtures of different wood tones, white leather and dark chairs, mirrors, “trees” and interesting lighting, but not so interesting as to be distracting.

Light, wood, reflections set the mood at PURE

Light, wood, reflections set the mood at PURE

The right balance, it was, just like the food and the service.  (Pic doesn’t do justice)

The server knew her wines and her sushi.  She described three chardonnays clearly and concisely.  (I go “buttery.”)  I asked about raw instead of baked ahi on the “White Monster Roll” and she said, “of course, that’s the way I always do it.”  The other roll we had was the “Fire Dragon Roll.”  Just the right amount of fire!  Note: mushrooms in the miso soup.

The alcohol was a bit spendy ($15 for my buttery) and $6 for a bottle of fat tire, but other than that, prices were reasonable.  Definitely will check it out again & even better, at happy hour!


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