Had a marvelous time today just taking it easy and visiting the western unit of Saguaro NP. (See the film at the Visitor Center if you go – I won’t reveal the ending, but it is spectacular). Hiked a bit on the Hugh Norris Trail. This is strenuous uphill 5 mile hike via switchbacks, so I just followed it till I’d had enough.
It was one of those heady nature experiences being nestled inside a dense growth of Saguaro and other desert flora. What a magnificent landscape!
The Good Deal Bus traveled several miles down the dirt road to the trailhead with no problem; I was so proud!
Arrived back at my parking spot around sunset. Here’s a glimpse of the inside of the Casino Del Sol. I assume photography is prohibited, so here is a web shot.
You can see the interior is modeled on an Italian palazzo. The various parts of the casino are located behind those exterior facades. All of it is capped by a massive dome that is painted to look like perpetual sunset. It’s a very pleasing design and, except for the cigarette smoke, makes one want to linger.In an interesting twist, last night’s Late Late Show was 3:10 To Yuma. Because it was filmed at Old Tucson Studios and set in Bisbee, AZ (where I will be in a few days), I just had to watch.
I’m not sure if Van Heflin ever got Glenn Ford on that train. I fell asleep long before the 3:10 departure.