Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

 
 

During the second half of February, the “Boys of Summer” traditionally report to training camp in either Florida or Arizona to get in shape and hone their skills for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. March, however, features a full schedule of “practice” games which allows managers and coaches to evaluate their minor league talent…

 
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Pima Air and Space Museum

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Southwest on March 02, 2012

 
 

The extensive Pima Air and Space Museum, in my opinion, is among the top five collections of vintage aircraft in the country, and sure to be of interest to anyone fascinated by the history of flight. Since there are now over 300 airplanes, helicopters and spacecraft on display, in addition to other related exhibits, such…

 
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Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Southwest on March 02, 2012

 
 

Although I am not a religious person myself, I always enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to explore all manner of cathedrals, churches, missions, synagogues, mosques, temples and shrines of various faiths, since the architecture, art and history represented therein tell fascinating and important stories about the existence and progression of humanity worldwide. As such, there…

 
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Saguaro National Park

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Southwest on March 02, 2012

 
 

Only a two-hour drive south of my (happily) snowless winter stopover in Phoenix and the “Valley of the Sun” is Tucson, the state’s second-largest city and home of the University of Arizona. Tucson holds one of three exceptional national park sites dedicated to great plants of the desert: Saguaro National Park. The larger section of…

 
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Sedona and beyond

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Southwest on April 12, 2011

 
 

Sedona itself is famous for its incredible red rock monoliths, buttes, luxurious resorts and New Age enthusiasts. However, it also has much more to offer visiting groups, including four-wheel drive (Jeep) trips into the awe-inspiring high country, and exploring the town aboard the Sedona Trolley. The latter includes a stop at the inspiring Chapel of…

 
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It’s a grand old canyon

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Southwest on April 08, 2011

 
 

Grand Canyon at Mather Point Although not convenient for “hub & spoke” touring, I’d be remiss if I did not also mention that group accommodations during the springtime are also easy to come by in Grand Canyon Village, within walking distance of the canyon’s magnificent South Rim. Both the Yavapai and Maswik Lodges offer clean,…

 
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Arizona adventures

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Southwest on April 07, 2011

 
 

Recently on this site I have been touting some of the benefits of planning a trip to Phoenix and the “Valley of the Sun,” including last month’s coverage of the Cactus League spring training baseball season. However, I surely wouldn’t want to suggest visiting Arizona in the springtime without also including some time in the…

 
 

Reds at Indians, Goodyear A beautiful day for a baseball game If you haven’t already done so, group leaders who live within the marketing area of each of the teams represented in the Cactus League should definitely consider planning a spring trip here during the next few years. Please keep in mind that you’ll not…

 
 

My parents first took me to a St. Louis Cardinals game at old Sportsman’s Park way back in 1957, and I’ve been hooked on the sport ever since. So as a longtime, devoted fan, I’ll be staying for the first two weeks of the Cactus League season before heading on down the road. During that…

 
 

As reported last month, I’m spending most of the winter enjoying the glorious winter Arizona weather of Phoenix and the “Valley of the Sun.” In addition to the many other things that attract countless “snowbirds” and other vacationers to the area, Cactus League Spring Training Baseball is a major draw for fans of America’s pastime….