We were able to check out our deck once the sun came up. The deck
had a couple of deck chairs and a lounger, but was basically empty. We
did have a great view of the golf course from the deck. After I finished
the Sony morning sessions, we checked out of The
Phoenician around noon.
We stopped off for a quick lunch at The Good Egg where the hot sauce
of choice was Arizona Gunslinger. It wasn't as hot as the name promised.
I guess when I really want HOT sauce, I have
to pick the bottles with flames coming out! Outside, a Mynah bird sitting
in the tree above the car looked at us curiously. Birds in Arizona seem
to be even more nonchalant than California birds - it must be the weather.
After lunch, we set off for Arcosanti. Arcosanti is an experimental
town located on a mesa in the Arizona desert 70 miles north of Phoenix
off I-17. When completed, it will house 7000 people within only 25 acres
of land out of the 4060 acres, with the rest reserved as natural open space.
Right now, there are only 70-odd folks living there full time while the
complex is constructed. According to Arcosanti's founder Paolo Soleri,
the idea behind the project is to combine architecture and ecology or "arcology",
in order to decrease surburban sprawl. "In
an arcology, the built and the living interact as organs would in a highly
evolved being. ©" This means building
structures that will take advantage of natural energy resources such as
solar and wind power and compacting the structure in such a way as to eliminate
the use of the automobile for every-day living. You can read more about
the Arcosanti Project on the Arcosanti
Driving out of Arcosanti, we could not help but notice the extreme
isolation of the location. The desert stretched on for miles as far as
the eye could see. It was already late in the afternoon, so we made our
way back towards Phoenix to find a picnic
spot for dinner before catching our flight home.