One more post about our recent trip before moving on to other, possibly more important, stuff.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, no matter how many times you visit a place, there is always something new or previously undiscovered to see and do. And photograph. (That’s also true of the area in which you live.)

One example is the photo at the top. This is the atrium of the 50’s-era education building at Arizona State University. Even though I’ve visited the campus many times, I’d never been inside this place.1 Always love the chance to get above the ground and look down. Or across.

More shots from ASU and other places in the state are in this gallery.

The Sheriff

From a street fair in the small town of Tubac, just north of the Mexican border, meet the sheriff. Or possibly the guy playing the sheriff for this weekend. Around these parts, you just never know for sure.

Castle Steps

I discovered The Mystery Castle, in the foothills just south of Phoenix, in the pages of Atlas Obscura. This stone house, built by hand beginning in the 1920’s, has an interesting story, although the division between fact and myth is not always clear. And that’s part of the fun. Many more pictures from the morning tour is in this gallery.

Casa Grade Photo Shop

The Casa Grande Neon Park is a small collection of classic lighted signs collected from around central Arizona and displayed in a small downtown space. It’s another odd, interesting, wonderful find from the Atlas Obscura database. More from the Park, and a visit to the Ignite Sign Art Museum in Tucson, can be found in my Signs of Arizona gallery.

Morning Run

Since my family moved around a lot when I was young, Tucson is about as close to a hometown as I have. We made a stop there for my junior year of high school and I chose to return for my undergrad and graduate degrees. This bike/jogging trail is a good example of how this area (the sane part of Arizona) tries to incorporate the desert into the community and improve life for everyone.

1. I attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, about 90 miles south of the ASU campus in Tempe. It made an easy weekend getaway when you couldn’t afford the time or money for the bright lights of California.