Here is a sculpture made of 4 tons of melted weapons that were used in violent acts in AZ. It is called "Release the Fear".
The back of the Release the Fear - melted weapon statue.
Bottom of the statue
This is a really cool Phoenix attraction called the Mystery Castle. It was built in the 30's/40's by a man for his daughter. After he died, she and her mother moved there and she is still there! It is just the craziest 18 room house I have ever seen.
See the coyote in the teepee?
These rocks represent every animal the owner ever had, including a lion who liked to lay on her couch! She also had a rattlesnake who was wild, but came in the house every day for breakfast and then left. She told us this herself.
That is a picture of her above the fireplace.
Original 30's kitchen, still in use.
Was originally "a window to the entire city of Phoenix", but is now just the downtown.
This place was full of stuffed animals/dolls and statues of animals....
Here is the chapel (in the castle) where many people got married over the years.
The brides would leave a shoe, so their husband "would be true".
Here is a funky shoe.
Here is Marylou, owner of the property, she has been doing tours since 1948.
Casa Grande Ruins, National Monument. It has a cover to protect it from the sun.
Prison Outlet store in Florence, Arizona
Our favorite lunch place so far on our trip!
Biosphere 2 - fully self-contained bubble home of 8 people for 2 years from 1991-93, and 6 more for 6 months in 1994. It cost $150M to build and it was bought recently for $50M. University of AZ runs it now.
they are doing drought experiments on these poor trees
our french tour guide
This was one of the "lungs" of the building. Designed to keep it from exploding or imploding from temperature buildups.
This is a view of the ocean bionome.